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Yu-Na says she may skip GP this season

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by ehdtkqorl123, May 2, 2011.

  1. ehdtkqorl123

    ehdtkqorl123 Active Member

    After arriving in Korea, she told she did her best even though she didn't perform like she did at practice sessions. She said her goal was not just to win, but to show her new programs. She said she was satisfied with the result. Due to her schedule as an ambassador for PyeongChang, it will be hard to fully focus on training for the next season.
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  2. kittyjake5

    kittyjake5 Well-Known Member

    As I suspected she won't be competing next season. Unfortunately I don't think we will see Yuna skate competitively again. I believe Worlds 2011 was her swan song. JMO
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  3. Lilith11

    Lilith11 New Member

    Title's misleading... in truth, nothing's been decided yet. It's still all up in the air for her next season and Yu-na hasn't made any definitive statements yet.
  4. nubka

    nubka Well-Known Member

    I agree.
  5. ehdtkqorl123

    ehdtkqorl123 Active Member


    Actually I was also misled by Korean articles :(
    But Yu-Na said it will be unlikely that she fully compete this season.
    Hope I can change the title to
    "Yu-Na said she might skip GP next season" Can admins modify it?
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  6. Lilith11

    Lilith11 New Member

    Once again, press is inserting its own words for Yu-na into her mouth. The most sure thing I think that can be drawn from it is that she's feeling more competitive again :3
  7. riveredge

    riveredge Active Member

    I know the korean Fed is not influential but how I hope someone with power or even from Team Yuna's camp can give Yuna an advice to follow whatever she wishes to do. It's evident that she's exhausted. Even after worlds she has a lot of obligations. The girl needs a LONG break minus the drama in her life.
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  8. Shaia

    Shaia Active Member

    The way I read what Yuna said, she basically confirmed that she wants to continue, and physically, she is growing stronger. She will most likely compete at both 4CC and the Worlds. Grand Prix is not possible because she will have so many things going on in the summer and she will not have time to practice much.
  9. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

    I find it amazing that she continues to train and be at such a high level while only competing once a year. Maybe next year she will also do 4CC, as Shaia says, but even still, only 2 competitions! I hope she keeps her programs, that will at least save her some time and money.

    What this says to me is that she wants to compete in Sochi. She is doing something very similar to what Kwan did. It is probably smart and she looked great in Moscow even if she had a few errors that cost her the gold.
  10. riveredge

    riveredge Active Member

    I would like to see her LP again! The potential of that program is something. :D
  11. RumbleFish

    RumbleFish New Member

    Should Yuna decide to compete in Sochi, I want her to save Arirang program until the Olympic season. It could become her signiture piece a la Kwan's EoE.

    I also agree that she should do 4CC if she competes next year. 4CC will be held in Colorado Springs, where standard of judging should be light years better than that of Taiwan.

    Anyways, it is way too early for her to committ to next season plans, as she has lots of obligation with Pyongchang Olympic bid and various tv appearances.
  12. riveredge

    riveredge Active Member

    Figure skater Kim Yu-Na to skip Grand Prix


    Interesting quote..
  13. RumbleFish

    RumbleFish New Member

  14. kia_4EverOnIce

    kia_4EverOnIce Active Member

    poor Yu Na, she really needs an holiday! take her time off, and come back when she feels..whether it'll be next 4CC or later in 2012/13.

    and...coming back after a year to won a silver medal was indeed great, despite she wasn't the skater of Vancouver, but it'd have been also very difficult to come back as that so late in the season
  15. blue_idealist

    blue_idealist Well-Known Member

    I think Yu-Na will skip everything except for Worlds again, and I don't think we'll see her at her best until maybe 2014.
  16. miki88

    miki88 Active Member

    I dunno. It certainly didn't seem like a smart strategy this time around and it's going to be more competitive once the Russian juniors come into scene.
  17. AndyWarhol

    AndyWarhol Well-Known Member

    Bad service in paris? I have always found the french to be delightful.
  18. briancoogaert

    briancoogaert Well-Known Member

    I'm afraid, because IMO, Miki won here because she was the clear leader this season. Judges could have put YuNa in 1st if they wanted to. But I think the difference was made because Miki competed this whole season.
    If YuNa wants to win again, she needs to compete in the GP.
  19. shah

    shah Shhh... shhh...

    well, not necessarily. Yu Na won the sp with a visible mistake over clean Miki (not by a big margin, but still) and if it hadn't been for two pops (toe in combo and flip), she would have certainly won the free. her PCS exceeded Miki's by 2,5 points. it was the technical score that dropped her to second place...

    anyway, I want to have a healthy and happy Yu Na on ice, because in Moscow she looked absolutely miserable/tired.
    skipping GP may be beneficial to her health, but it would be better to start with 4 CC next season, not with the Worlds.
  20. aliceanne

    aliceanne Well-Known Member

    I don't think Yuna wants to compete anymore. I think her federation and her "team" need her to. She said at both 2010 and 2011 Worlds that she had trouble finding the motivation to train, and that's the first time I've seen someone cry on the medal stand because they didn't come in first. She's definitely not in it for the joy of skating no matter what David Wilson says.

    I agree that Mikki got the benefit of the doubt because she had been competing all season and was the clear winner.
  21. millipied

    millipied New Member

    That performance of hers at the Worlds Gala did not look like someone's who enoys skating anymore.
    Last edited: May 2, 2011
  22. Frau Muller

    Frau Muller #1 Dick Button Fan

    Me too. This was it for Yu-Na in eligible skating. IMO, the new ISU-Scott Hamilton "ICE Cup" pro-am seems to have been tailor-made for Yu-Na. She'll probably spend the next 6 years competing against Sasha Cohen for the ICE Cup.
  23. aliceanne

    aliceanne Well-Known Member

    Can someone in Korea comment, does she have a future in show business? That seems to be the direction she wants to go. She'll be 21 soon, is that the age in Korea where she can make her own business decisions? I look for her to break out ala Michelle Kwan.
  24. modern_muslimah

    modern_muslimah Thinking of witty user title and coming up blank

    I think she should retire from competitive skating. Her heart doesn't seem into it anymore. Her programs, especially her LP, were lovely and I would love to see them performed at high level. But if her heart isn't into competing anymore then she's going to continue to give performances like those she gave at the last two Worlds. Plus, I wonder if judges will eventually get tired of it and bring down her PCS.
  25. Frau Muller

    Frau Muller #1 Dick Button Fan

    Tara Lipinsky said it well at the end of the Univ Sports telecast of the Ladies finals last Saturday -- in essence, Tara said that Yu-Na was the big loser of the day, despite the bronze. "Yu-Na Kim, the Olympics champion, has now competed in two Worlds since her Olympics and come up short in both. She may have wished that she had retired after having achieved her ultimate goal." [In other words, Tara was subtly saying that Yu-Na should have done as she did in 1998 -- grap the Olympic Gold and quit, to retain the mystique and queenly glory that goes with being an Oly gold medalist.] Tara was absolutely correct, IMO.
  26. Lookingood

    Lookingood New Member

    Go Yuna! go for the Kween's Record 9 Straight medals at worlds.
  27. Copper

    Copper New Member

    Everyone has different values in life. Maybe in Tara's mind, winning the title was the ultimate goal, which may not be true for Yu-Na. If Yu-Na's goal is winning, then yeah, she made a mistake not to have retired. But, if she has some other values in skating, let her skate. Her presence doesn't hurt the sport. In the end, it is her life. What's the problem?
  28. aliceanne

    aliceanne Well-Known Member

    I disagree. I don't think 2 silver medals have tarnished her image or accomplishments. I think she felt an obligation to her federation, sponsors, and supporters to compete after the Olympics, something for which Tara was criticized for not doing.

    Tara loves to compete, I suspect she was forced to retire because of her hip. Yuna's heart seems to be in performing.
  29. orbitz

    orbitz Well-Known Member

    Well Yu-Na just lost her second World title in a row and was balling her eyes out on the podium stand. It's understandable if her heart wasn't into performing at the gaga exhibition. Give her some time away from this event to reflect on how she feels about competing.
  30. Frau Muller

    Frau Muller #1 Dick Button Fan

    Absolutely. In marketing circles, you're either at the top or you're not. If that's what matters to her and/or her mom, she should have left eligible skating after Vancouver...do as Tara did.

    Just look at what happened to Sarah Hughes...Oly champ who was 3rd or 4th at the next US Natls and 7th or 8th in Worlds. Even though Sarah will always remain the 2002 Oly champ, the medal was 'tarnished' in marketing value. The elusive champ on a pedestal is she who left before she could be knocked off the pedestal (unless she was Henie or Witt, who gambled and won by returning atop the Oly pedestal...even though Witt lost Worlds to Debi Thomas in 86)!