Yuna will skipped the entire season

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  1. riveredge

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    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.
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    I hope she will enjoy whatever she pursues. If she does compete again, I hope the spark she used to have will return. :)
  5. riveredge

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    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...
  6. briancoogaert

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    I'm afraid we will never see her again competing.
    She is an amazing skater and I'll miss her skills this season.
  7. victoriaheidi

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    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.
  8. Vash01

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    Not a surprise. Not many OGM winners come back for the next Olympics. She may still come back, who knows? Just not this year.
  9. Rock2

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    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.
  10. amaro

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    Good call. Time to enjoy her college life a little bit.
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    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.
  12. Nune

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    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 :)
  13. TDsk8

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    Yeh, she doesnt need to compete this season - the girl needs to rest :)
    She could've skipped last year too -
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    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.
  15. riveredge

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    like what i said... good luck to her!!
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    I'll shed a tear...

    ...for my 20,000,000 vCash on High $takes bets for 2012 Worlds. :p
  17. t.mann

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    What a 'early' announcement!
    This girl doesn't play a game relating to comeback issue. (both last year & this year.)
    Yuna seems to be a simple and candid person.
    great.


    BTW, come back Joannie! Seize your opportunity to become the WC.
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    I agree with this.
    I think Joannie will have a serious chance if she puts her mind into it.
  19. lowtherlore

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    You're right! She doesn’t.

    She made it clear well before the season last year that she would skip GPs and compete only at Worlds, and she did exactly that. This year, she said again several months ago that she would skip GPs and would need time to decide on Worlds. And she made an announcement before the start of the season. What could be more simple and candid than that? Why would anyone expect her to make a premature and unneeded announcement regarding anything in her life?

    On your wish on Joannie coming back for Worlds title now that Yu-Na won't be there, do you also want her to have made an ‘early’ decision and announcement? Worlds is still five months away.
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    When are Candian Nationals...

    I think that Yuna and Joannie are in totally different places when it comes to THAT! Korea is sending Yuna no matter what happens at Nationals. Canada is not likely to send Joannie just because she "wants to go" She has to show up at Nationals and skate.
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    I know. Yu-Na could have waited longer, but she made an early announcement, before the season start.

    Regarding Joannie, hurry up and call her up, t.mann!
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  22. briancoogaert

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    And to be honest, she is the best comeback since Katarina Witt in 1985 !
    Sarah Hughes came back after her Olympic Gold, but finished in 6th at Worlds.
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    I think Yuna is done with skating, but her entourage is not.
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    Re your statement, I bet you're both wrong and right (in that order) and also, I would bet Yu-Na's fandom would survive your favorite's fandom. Not in your island world, but globally.
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    :rofl: In a good way. :lol:
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    What's fandom got to do with it? She has obviously lost interest in training.
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    Good for Yu-Na. She should have quit as soon as she achieved her goal of the 2010 Oly Gold Medal. Do like Tara, ie., quit while she was #1.

    Hopefully we will see her in not-so-serious events such as Scott Hamilton's "ICE", whenever that rolls around.
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  28. RumbleFish

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    I would appreciate it if you'd provide us your reasoning behind what you said, preferrably divided into 2 parts, i.e. 1) obviously and 2) lost interest in training.
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  29. aliceanne

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    My impression of Yuna is that she is highly competitive. She wasn't content to just win, she wanted to dominate. Last season and again this season she sounded/sounds indecisive about competing. I just get the impression that she no longer feels challenged by skating competition, and is looking for a new challege.

    I also get the impression that her skating federation and her fans would like to see her continue competing, so it is probably hard for her to say no.

    Not many elite competitors who take a year or more off from competing come back to their previous form. Plushenko came close, I can't think of any others. I am sure that she is aware of this also.

    She could make a career out of show skating, but somehow I don't think that is enough for her. She has plenty of other opportunities to explore, and now is the time to do it.
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    My impression is not that she is highly competitive, more greatly talented and she genuinely wanted to rise to the peak of the sport and loved skating up through the 2010 Olympics.

    My impression now is that after she won all the big prizes, her enthusiasm flagged, likely hastened by the relentless pursuit, expectations, and pressure the Korean media placed on her. Add in the whole mess surrounding her coaching, and I think the competitive fire just went out of her. I really think she only continued last year because she felt obligated to her country to do so. I think she's done, and I don't blame her a bit. She's a beautiful show skater, has had great success with her shows and performing, and she's fulfilled her national duty. It's time to enjoy life, enjoy skating again, and figure out what other things she'd like to do and be to make a happy Yuna.
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    Yazmeen: I think you got it just right, a very good post. After she won the OGM her skating was just not the same, her laser focus and precision was gone. Who can blame her? She had climbed Mt. Olympus and reigned supreme with some of the best performances in figure skating history. It would be almost impossible to top that.

    I think it is extremely unlikely she will return to competition unless it is the Pro kind. For the next year anyway, she will find out what its like to live a more normal life. I hope she likes it.
  32. triple_toe

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    I think this was the case the night after she competed her long in Vancouver :slinkaway
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    I appreciate taking your time to share your impressions, but it doesn't really convince me how it is obvious that she has lost interest in training.

    In fact, she has said she will continue to train with the Korean team in Seoul. To me, this sounds pretty clear that she will continue to train while she engages in other activities. ;)
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    I have some different view. Yu-Na’s been a great competitor, but she seems of the type that doesn't like competing much. She's not a fighter type and I don’t think the desire to win or competitive drive was that important a factor in her success. IMO a bigger contributing factor has been her almost zen-like, austere attitude toward her skating. I think that’s what allowed her to keep the pressure to win from getting to her at Vancouver. Nobody knows if she would return to competition, but if she does I think it might have little to do with her wanting to win again. On several occasions she said something to the effect of skating itself still presents challenges to her, and that skating is her life.

    BTW, she skates daily in Korea, and reportedly the junior members get extra alert when she’s in the rink!
  35. bek

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    There's training, Rumblefish, and there's training. Yu-na might really enjoy going out here and training for an hour/two hours a day, or training a couple of times a week. But she may not want to train full time.

    It took huge amounts of work to get to her Olympic shape level and I think she realized last year half hearted doesn't work, and half hearted won't work with those Russian babies coming (either!!!)

    Not to mention the pressure/expectations.

    I'm sure it was an awful lot of sacrifices made to get where she's at, not only in the fact that she didn't have a normal childhood/teenage life but also not getting to be with her dad/sister. Now she's achieved everything in her sport and its natural she asks herself if the sacrifices are still worth it. And if its worth losing out in a normal college life too.

    I don't blame Yu-na one bit. Maybe a year or two from now Yu-na will change her mind, and have the passion again to really fight. But I don't blame her one bit. And I think there's a huge difference between training for shows/to keep in shape and training to win Olympics/worlds.

    Ugh, I don't know how anyone could enjoy the kind of pressure Kim was placed under. Of course though her attention/spotlight got her millions of dollars in endorsements. But still.
  36. RumbleFish

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    Well, I'm not saying she should nor shouldn't train like in a Olympic preparation mode. I was just curious why the poster was making such groundless assertions of one being 'obviously lost interest in training'.
  37. lowtherlore

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    I agree. Who would like the intense pressure to meet huge expectations every time. She needs a break.
  38. Ziggy

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    If you want to remain competitive, you need to fully commit to training and not train while you engage in other activities.

    I also don't think that she will be back.

    Even if she will, it will be as a result of huge outside pressure and it might end up like it did at 2011 Worlds. And if she's supposed to skate like that, I'd much rather see her retire and not tarnish her incredible career with dissapointing, uninspired performances.
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    If staying competitive means World Championship winning level, I agree that a skater would need to committ 100%.

    I'll probably stay supportive no matter what she chooses for her future, but I disagree about 2011 Worlds. It wasn't her all time best, but I thought she skated pretty well. It wasn't good as her 2010 Vancouver skaters, which was extraordinary even for her lofty standards.
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    Surprise surprise. :D