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Yebin Mok: "Now [skating is] just pure love, expanding and forgiving"

Discussion in 'The Trash Can' started by Sylvia, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. Sylvia

    Sylvia Still recovering from Worlds...

    August 2012 article, titled "Yebin Mok Returns to the Ice After Struggling with Eating Disorder," that I just came across today: http://iamkoream.com/august-issue-y...he-ice-after-struggling-with-eating-disorder/
    Check out the photo in the article captioned "Yebin Mok (back), with other skaters at the 2002 Triglav Trophy (Kim Yuna is pictured in the hanbok on the left, and Evan Lysacek is on the right). Photo courtesy of Yebin Mok."

    The article was an offshoot of this bio she wrote about her life in June 2012 (thanks to FunnyBut for finding and posting the link): http://iamkoreanamerican.com/2012/06/12/yebin-mok/

    IceNetwork article (June 2012): http://web.icenetwork.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120605&content_id=32801402&vkey=ice_news

    Some of her professional performances can be viewed on her YouTune channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/lizzhazha/

    Her memorable 2003 U.S. Nationals SP to "The Swan": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qlv6n5EQq3U
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2013
  2. gkelly

    gkelly Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the links, Sylvia. I look forward to watching the professional performances when I'm home and can listen to the music.

    I think all these 2002 are supposed to be 2012.
  3. Sylvia

    Sylvia Still recovering from Worlds...

    Thanks, I've now edited in the correct years. :)
  4. Cachoo

    Cachoo Well-Known Member

    I love her SP to "The Swan." --glad to hear she is still involved in the sport--
  5. aftershocks

    aftershocks Well-Known Member

    Thanks so much Sylvia for starting this thread focusing solely on Yebin Mok's inspiring journey (as it was brought up in a different thread where it most definitely might have been missed by some fans). :)
  6. aftershocks

    aftershocks Well-Known Member

    Re-visiting this thread to add shine's post that appeared in the other oddly unrelated thread where Yebin was recently mentioned:


    Thanks for sharing your impressions of Yebin, shine. :)

    Re-quoting Yebin from Sylvia's OP:

    And thanks so much to Yebin for this perspective on figure skating. ITA!

    Perhaps there should be more opportunities for artistic skating performance outside of the traditional, mainstream sport-centered competitive point-grabbing track. And I mean artistic in the sense that Yebin describes where the athleticism of jumps are fused with the choreography and the music making the technical and artistic parts of figure skating come together as a whole. In that way figure skating is made "even more beautiful, freer and more effortless."
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2013
  7. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

    I wish that there were more - and better - opportunities for Yebin; and other excellent skaters who want to perform, and have much to offer.
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  8. aftershocks

    aftershocks Well-Known Member

    ITA skatesindreams!

    I can totally see that being such a wonderful ideal and enterprise to work toward -- and I can see it being an uplifting experience for fans not to mention an exciting expressive opportunity for skaters like Yebin, Bebe, Alissa Czisny, Jeremy Abbott, Wesley Campbell, Jonathan Cassar, Jeremy Ten, Garrett Kling, Rohene Ward, Shawn Sawyer, Alexander Johnson, Scott Dyer, Mark Hanretty, Stephane Lambiel, and so many others. It might even be an opportunity for a skater like Denis Ten to truly shine without the stress and nerves of competition deep-sixing his technique.
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2013

    DORISPULASKI Watching submarine races

    I loved Yebin's skating, and am so sorry to hear of her struggles at the time. I'm glad to hear that she has come through them such a splendid young woman. I would love to see her choreographing for other skaters or ice shows. Her Swan was the best Swan ever, IMO.
  10. apatinar

    apatinar Active Member

    Her SP to the Swan is one of my all time favorite short programs!!
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  11. overedge

    overedge Janny uber

    Totally agree with this. I had no idea she was skating professionally, but she looks fabulous on the ice.
  12. aftershocks

    aftershocks Well-Known Member

    Thanks again, Sylvia, for posting the link to Yebin's professional performances.

    This is the first one I looked at, and I have to say: Wowsa!! :eek:

    Boy has Yebin grown as a skater, a woman, and an artist. All the more amazing since she's skating on such a small rink (looks like the size on a cruise ship). That size makes it really difficult to pull off a lot of jumps. The yells and wolf whistles from the crowd are something else too. Some of the approval is surely coming from her fellow show skaters and friends who might be sitting in the audience :)
  13. Sylvia

    Sylvia Still recovering from Worlds...

    "Interview with Yebin Mok, Return to Korea for Magic on Ice in 19 Years! May 31 - June 10" - in Korean and English: http://blog.daum.net/sadprince57/1843
    "Magic On Ice" opens May 30, 2013 at Samsung Blue Square Theater, Seoul - Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/wheelerproductionsmagiconice
    Last edited: May 6, 2013
  14. Sylvia

    Sylvia Still recovering from Worlds...

    @arakwafan2006 just posted this video link so I decided to revive this appreciation thread:
    August 2013 interview with Yebin: http://skateguard1.blogspot.com/2013/08/interview-with-yebin-mok.html
    Yebin Mok - Soliloquy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJMnYOxbbfg
    Published on Feb 10, 2015
    Music by Tim Dolensky
    Choreographed by Mauro Bruni
    from the MK Young Artists' Showcase Season 5

    ETA: In December 2015 Yebin married a British skater named Tom (I believe they met while touring together on Holiday on Ice).
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2016
  15. zigzig

    zigzig Well-Known Member

    She just had IT! Even as a little juvenile girl skating to the Robin Hood soundtrack in a funky hot pink dress. She fell on her double axel at Junior Olympics (the name for juvenile nationals back then) and beat a few other clean skates which raised a few eyebrows but her skating was just on another level.

    I actually prefer this short program to The Swan:

    And a little TBT:
  16. shan

    shan Well-Known Member

    Lovely skater! Thanks for sharing the videos. :)
  17. Japanfan

    Japanfan Well-Known Member

    That was a lovely SP. ITA that this young lady had something special. I say had not has because I'm not referring to the show program, which to me was good, but not memorable. I rarely find show programs memorable, though, to be honest.

    It's a shame she didn't get a chance to see how far she could go as a competitor. However, the eating disorder might well have seriously impacted her career, as well as her health. Some skaters like Akiko are able to continue skating like while they recover from an eating disorder, but it appears that Yebin did not feel she could do that.
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  18. VIETgrlTerifa

    VIETgrlTerifa Well-Known Member

    I liked watching a few videos she had on YouTube where she was demonstrating choreography at her rink. She really moves beautifully.
  19. Seerek

    Seerek Well-Known Member

    Great to see Yebin choreograph for some of the younger Korean ladies such as Suh Hyun Son (6th Korean Nationals, this week at Junior Worlds)
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