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    now with the olympics in pyeongchang she can easily miss one world championships, because she has to stay around until 2018 to win the one and only gold at home. i bet, there´s a lot of pressure, she stays competitve til then or for a comeback for the great stroke.

    apart from that, i think her olympic bonus will be almost lost, if she will not compete this season. you saw the regression at this years worlds, compared to her dominance last season.

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    That didn't say anything about her going to worlds.

    Still, it's great to see Yu-Na following in the Kween's footsteps; Michelle was elected to the Board of Directors and was the ambassador for the Special Olympics in Athens.

    Coming back to competition has nothing to do with Yu-Na's physical condition; she's in top form. Her only issue is motivation. It takes too much to push yourself to continue to compete if you really don't feel like it. She's got a lot going on outside of skating and it's very possible that she may bid farewell to competing and continue her one-woman revival of the show skating business in addition to her other interests, endorsements, obligations, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanatic View Post
    That didn't say anything about her going to worlds.
    Huh?
    Korean figure skating icon Kim Yu-na said she has not decided whether to compete at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships next year.

    After finishing her ice show, Samsung Galaxy-Hauzen All That Skate Summer 2011, at the Olympic Gymnasium in southern Seoul on Monday, Kim told reporters that she has not made up her mind on whether to participate at the Worlds, which start in March in Nice, France.

    “Nothing is confirmed,” Kim said.
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    whatever Yuna chooses I will support her.. after all she's doing everything for this sport to survive in her home country, there are so many things she wanted to do and obligations from everywhere..but I hope the Korean fed (like what they did in 2010 worlds) and the fans will not pressure her to compete..):

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    Quote Originally Posted by riveredge View Post
    whatever Yuna chooses I will support her.. after all she's doing everything for this sport to survive in her home country, there are so many things she wanted to do and obligations from everywhere..but I hope the Korean fed (like what they did in 2010 worlds) and the fans will not pressure her to compete..):
    Coud you share where this story about Korean Fed and her fans pressuring her to compete came from? I don't remeber seeing it anywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RumbleFish View Post
    Coud you share where this story about Korean Fed and her fans pressuring her to compete came from? I don't remeber seeing it anywhere.
    http://www.thestar.com/sports/figure...on-and-off-ice

    She didn’t want to compete at last year’s world championships in Turin, totally spent after winning at the Olympics under intense pressure. But a visit from a Korean figure skating official to her then training base in Toronto convinced her to change her mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeschke View Post
    now with the olympics in pyeongchang she can easily miss one world championships, because she has to stay around until 2018 to win the one and only gold at home.
    I can't imagine Kim staying around 'til 2018.
    I meant to take the high road.... but I missed the exit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheylana View Post
    Huh?
    Oh I see! When I loaded the page, the words got kinda messed up and that whole first half of the story was left off. I see now...

    Regardless, my assessment is still the same. I don't think she'll continue to compete much longer if at all...

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    The pressure one puts on oneself to be in absolute top form for just one competition a year must be enormous. If I had my d'rathers, I would have Yu-Na miss the whole season, and then come back the next season starting with GP, or at least with 4 Continents, so she has some feeling of routine again before the Worlds. On the other hand, she is doing great things for show skating, and a big part of me hopes she expands on that option instead ( or that she does whatever makes her happiest).
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    I dont think there is anyway she wants to show up and skate like she did at this years Worlds which was for her standards a disaester. If she cant find anymore motivation or time to prepare than last year it is best to skip again, or turn pro.

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    She's won everything and earned truck-loads of money.

    Don't understand why she's not retired yet.

    Unless she fully commits to training, we're just going to see painful performances like at 2011 Worlds.

    Please spare us from that. She's too special a talent to end her career with shitty uninspired performances.

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    ^^^ ditto that. I hope she is finished...........she is too lovely, and her Oly performances were simply too brilliant to even attempt to compete with...........There is really nothing left to add!
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    ITA with the two above posts. She's a great skater, but if she doesn't put 100% into training, it's just time for her to retire and do something more fun. She obviously loves doing exhibition shows, but she could also coach or she could become a technical specialist or judge. I really don't understand why she would continue if she wasn't 100% into it unless if her federation was pressuring her. Skipping the Grand Prix series and only going to worlds is just not going to produce good results, even for the most dominant athletes. Robin Wagner mentioned this in an interview prior to worlds, but she was right - an athlete needs to have live competitive experience prior to going to a big competition like worlds and not just show up cold with no competitive experience for one year. I don't get the whole "she needs to get two spots for her country for next year's worlds" idea because one of those two spots is always going to be used by her, leaving one spot for a skater like MJK. Her country is guaranteed one spot in every discipline every year anyways. The next generation of skaters should really pave their own way for multiple spots.
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    It doesn't say anything about her fans pressuring her.
    I don't know whether any of her fans really did, but isn't it natural for fans of her competitive skating to want to see her compete?
    I don't buy this about having hard time dealing with pressure from fandom. Isn't it a successful skater's destiny to have fans who want to see her do well?

    As I read this article, I find it more likely that $peedy and SBS, a Korean TV station who has the broadcasting rights to ISU championships, are doing most of the pressuring.
    http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?...aid=0000335633
    BTW, it's in Korean so don't bother clicking if you can't read it. lol

    It's an lengthy interview with the Chairman of SBS regarding stories behind Pyongchang's winning bid for 2018 Olys. He specifically cites how $peedy requested to him that Kim participate more in ISU championships. I can only guess, but it could be that $peedy's demand for Kim's participation had been taken as a condition for his support for PC. If this had been the case, officials at the Korean fed probably had no choice but to visit Toronto and talk her into skating at 2010 Worlds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziggy View Post
    Please spare us from that. She's too special a talent to end her career with shitty uninspired performances.
    At this rate, it's likely that you will see plenty more mediocre performances even after she retires through her show skating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by a56 View Post
    Robin Wagner mentioned this in an interview prior to worlds, but she was right - an athlete needs to have live competitive experience prior to going to a big competition like worlds and not just show up cold with no competitive experience for one year.
    When Kwan skipped the Grand Prix events, did she do pro-am competitions to get her share of competitive experience before going to Worlds? I didn't watch pro-ams in that time period, so no idea. I am curious in general to what extent Kwan did or did not compete in those years when she skipped the GPs.

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    Mediocre as her 2011 Worlds performances were, to lose to Ando who skated the way she did was majorly insulting. Even if she didn't care for the fact that she had won everything there was to win, the rules being against her now (no 3rd 2axel), and the Russian and Japanese politiking back in full force, she should care about that ugly, unfortunate 2011 Worlds loss.

    (but I agree with whoever that said that if she wanted to skip GPs from now on, she should at least do 4CCs on top of Worlds.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by krenseby View Post
    When Kwan skipped the Grand Prix events, did she do pro-am competitions to get her share of competitive experience before going to Worlds? I didn't watch pro-ams in that time period, so no idea. I am curious in general to what extent Kwan did or did not compete in those years when she skipped the GPs.

    Here is a list of Michelle's events 1997-2009 from Heathers site.


    http://heatherw.com/mk/past/compsch_past.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Mediocre as her 2011 Worlds performances were, to lose to Ando who skated the way she did was majorly insulting. Even if she didn't care for the fact that she had won everything there was to win, the rules being against her now (no 3rd 2axel), and the Russian and Japanese politiking back in full force, she should care about that ugly, unfortunate 2011 Worlds loss.

    (but I agree with whoever that said that if she wanted to skip GPs from now on, she should at least do 4CCs on top of Worlds.)
    I disagree. Ando did her job; Kim did not, and she deserved to lose. It was more Ando's triumph than Kim's misfortune. It's very narrow minded to say it was politics, or the rules were against her just because there cannot be a 3rd double axel. Every skater is impacted by rule changes one way or another during his/her career. Those who have the motivation rise above it. I will perfectly understand if Yu na did not feel particularly motivated to win after winning the OGM with a great performance. Perhaps she needs to take a break and come back when she feels more 'hungry'.

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