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    Hmm, here's a rough translation by me...

    "Figure skating queen" Kim Yu-Na (20) has split from Brian Orser, her coach since 2007.

    Brian Orser's representatives from IMG New York published a press release stating "Brian Orser and Tracy Wilson received a termination notice from Yu-Na Kim's mother, Park Mi-Hee" on the 24th.

    Park, who is both Kim's mother and a representative of her management company All That Sports, met with Orser and Wilson on the 2nd to inform them of Kim's decision to separate. Orser stated that the statement did not inform him of the reasons behind the split, nor was it expected in any way.

    "It has been my honor to be able to work with an athlete of Yu-Na's caliber. I hope that she will continue to improve as a skater," stated Orser.

    Under the tutelage of Orser, Kim has achieved great success, including her gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Rumors regarding their separation have only surfaced very recently.

    Orser had served as the head coach of each of Kim's ice shows until her most recent one, "All That Skate Summer Ice Show". Instead, choreographer David Wilson served in that capacity.

    It appears that Kim will continue to work with David Wilson. She is currently in Toronto, working to choreograph programs for the new season with him.

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    So it doesn't actually tell us much as to why this happened. Camp Orser IS a lot more crowded than it was before, but she managed just fine this past season. The Cricket Club has Gao, Rippon, Kwak, who else?

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    I take it as an indication that she's probably going to retire soon, too. Or, maybe, she wants to take a more relaxed approach to competing, so why endure the hassle of training all the way in Canada when she can do it closer to home? This way, Yu-Na can get on with university and pursue other interests while training, too.

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    If this is indeed true, the most likely explanation is that Yu-Na is going pro. And if she is going pro, it makes sense that most of her ice shows and TV appearances and such will be in Korea. She's a HUGE star there, whereas there's not much for her to do in North America except Stars On Ice and an occasional Disson show. There wouldn't be much of a reason for Yu-Na to train here anymore.

    Now, if Yu-Na intends to remain eligible and compete, then her decision doesn't make much sense. Who would she train with in Korea? Wasn't the lack of coaches there the reason she went with Briahn in the first place?

    And yes, I hope Joannie or Cynthia is already on the phone with Brian right now as we speak.

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    What was Tracy Wilson doing as a part of YuNa's team?

    If Joannie continues, I'd LOVE to see her with Brian.

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    I don't know about retirement. Wilson is almost done with her LP during his recent interview.

    WOW. I'm totally shocked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OlieRow View Post
    What was Tracy Wilson doing as a part of YuNa's team?

    If Joannie continues, I'd LOVE to see her with Brian.
    If I recall correctly, I think she worked with her mostly on steps. On one of the ESPN telecasts from 2008, Paul Wylie commented on the fact that Tracy was working with Yu-Na at the Cricket Club during Yu-Na's COR free skate (I think?)

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    wow. I don't get surprised often but this sure did the trick!
    I wonder is she is going to retire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OlieRow View Post
    What was Tracy Wilson doing as a part of YuNa's team?

    If Joannie continues, I'd LOVE to see her with Brian.

    Tracy has been working with Yuna on her general skating skills.


    There wasn't any official announcement from Yuna's side, which I am certain will follow soon.

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    I think she is most definitely retiring!

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    Thanks for the translation, Ainouta!
    Wow, I am still speechless.

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    First step, coaching change, next step, Retirement?


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    I'm still speechless.

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    But if she is retiring, why would David Wilson be choreographing new programs for her?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ainouta View Post
    It appears that Kim will continue to work with David Wilson. She is currently in Toronto, working to choreograph programs for the new season with him.
    This doesn't sound good. If Yuna's in Toronto she should have talked to Brian herself. I hope this isn't a case of Mama Kim wanting Brian out of the way so she could be in charge of her training.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meggonzo View Post
    But if she is retiring, why would David Wilson be choreographing new programs for her?
    That's true. But did Yuna once said that she doesn't plan to change coaches unless she plans to retire?

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    Such a surprise!

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    This is such a big news in Korea now!! Crazy!!!

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    A spokesperson for All That Sport said they will make a formal statement regarding this sometime this afternoon (Seoul time).

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    Quote Originally Posted by riveredge View Post
    This is such a big news in Korea now!! Crazy!!!
    I am sure its Kwan leaves Carroll times a million!!!

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    Statement issued by IMG regarding Yu-Na Kim and Brian Orser's split is now available at Figure Skaters Online: http://ow.ly/2tL2v
    Last edited by FSOWebmaster; 08-24-2010 at 04:56 AM.

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