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riveredge
10-18-2011, 11:52 AM
she said today at the airport. she won't compete at next year's world..though she insisted no retirement..

good luck to yuna whatever path she will take!:)

http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/news/2011/10/18/0200000000AEN20111018009200315.HTML

riveredge
10-18-2011, 03:25 PM
she said she will dedicate her time as the ambassador for youth olymipcs, special oly, etc...and she will be focusing her time attending college.

she said that skipping this season makes me her feel free and easy... and she doesn't know if she will return to la...

pics of yuna at the airport
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jatale
10-18-2011, 04:06 PM
This decision was a long time brewing but pretty inevitable. Yuna has not been the same skater she was after winning the OGM. Her drive just deserted her. So this is the right decision for her, I really don't expect that she will ever return to competitive skating but time will tell the tale. This decision, however, will be a major hit to the sport of ice skating. Yuna was a major draw and luminous presence on the ice, she will be missed and her absence will leave a void that won't be easily filled.

nubka
10-18-2011, 04:10 PM
I hope she will enjoy whatever she pursues. If she does compete again, I hope the spark she used to have will return. :)

riveredge
10-18-2011, 04:11 PM
I also doubt she will be competing again... im curious about team korea next year.. can they still keep the 2 worlds championship spots? some of their juniors are still ineligible and min jung is not 100 percent...

briancoogaert
10-18-2011, 05:25 PM
I'm afraid we will never see her again competing.
She is an amazing skater and I'll miss her skills this season.

victoriaheidi
10-18-2011, 05:39 PM
This decision was a long time brewing but pretty inevitable. Yuna has not been the same skater she was after winning the OGM. Her drive just deserted her. So this is the right decision for her, I really don't expect that she will ever return to competitive skating but time will tell the tale. This decision, however, will be a major hit to the sport of ice skating. Yuna was a major draw and luminous presence on the ice, she will be missed and her absence will leave a void that won't be easily filled.

I feel exactly the same way. Yuna was a beautiful gift to figure skating, but I don't expect to see her back as a competitor.

Vash01
10-18-2011, 06:04 PM
Not a surprise. Not many OGM winners come back for the next Olympics. She may still come back, who knows? Just not this year.

Rock2
10-18-2011, 06:14 PM
Well the sport is going through another technical growth spurt in most disciplines, especially singles. Lots of new talent coming out of Asia and Russia. Then after last year's worlds you have a bunch of men wondering how they are going to make up 30 pts on Patrick Chan. Enter a raft of quads which should make this season very:watch: .

I think the crew from last cycle are going to watch closely and likely after this year decide if they want to continue given what they might have to do to get back on the podium. Methinks most will fade into the sunset.

amaro
10-18-2011, 06:47 PM
Good call. Time to enjoy her college life a little bit.

a56
10-18-2011, 08:18 PM
I think this is an excellent decision on her part because she really needs the break, but I think this is probably the end of her competitive career. A lot of skaters never "formally retire" because they always want to leave the door open just in case they feel the spark to compete again. I really think she would have a great career as a coach, technical specialist, and/or official in some capacity, so she should definitely look into that.

Nune
10-18-2011, 10:09 PM
No real surprise, but wise decision.
She was/is a good skater in competitions. But I think, that as a show skater she is even more brilliant ! Such a grace, beauty ... whatever she will decide - she has given us much in competition and we should just enjoy whatever her future will bring us :-)

TDsk8
10-19-2011, 12:15 AM
Yeh, she doesnt need to compete this season - the girl needs to rest :-)
She could've skipped last year too -

RD
10-19-2011, 12:55 AM
I agree with most sentiments here...she seems to be done. Once you take a year off, it's that much harder to return. If she DOES decide to come back, I don't think it will be until the Olympic season.

riveredge
10-19-2011, 02:47 AM
She said she wants to lead a normal life as a 20-something university student for the time being.

"It's comforting to know that I won't have to worry about competing," Kim said with a smile. "I've got a lot of things to do during my down time. I think time will fly by. I want to live like a normal college student whenever I can."


like what i said... good luck to her!!