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Yuna Kim announces new programs for 2013-14 season

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by Sylvia, Aug 26, 2013.

  1. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa discriminating and persnickety ballet aficionado

    It's just as reasonable to suggest that after winning every prestigious event and taking a break, motivation could be not quite what it was. It is widely known how difficult comebacks are, both physically and psychologically. Combined with Yuna's lack of excitement at Worlds last season, perceived by several posters here, it's just as compliant with Occam's Razor to posit that she may not have the same fire in her belly as she did in 2010. Someone who already has it all in spades, in prestige, fame and fortune but most importantly, in highest achievements given in their field, the hunger is likely to diminish. On top of that she is struggling with an injury.

    As to suggestion of orientalist prejudice: plenty of skaters are pressured into competing by outside forces (not themselves), regardless of background. That's not exactly a new phenomenon.
  2. Eladola

    Eladola Active Member

    My first reaction to this was to agree and move on,
    Yuna is unbeatable and the best etc.

    But then i realised :
    a) That was only her second world win
    b) She lost worlds 4 times, That's double her wins
    c) She hasn't won a major competition since the 2010 Olympics, or any competition at all (Apart from Korean nationals)
    d) she had a dicey SP score

    She may have the highest skills and scores, But i'm not sure if she's "Used" to winning,
    She may have been to the highest highs, But statistically she's beatable,

    So maybe it was something else other than being used to it
  3. bek

    bek Guest

    When I meant use to it, I meant she's won the titles in the past. Yes I don't see the same excitement from Kim, with scores etc. However, I also saw a much calmer Kim last year. She looked in command of herself and almost was skating with a "I have nothing to lose."

    Kim stated in interviews that she's not going to let anyone put the type of pressure on herself that they put on her in the lead up to Vancover. So maybe part of the way she does that is by carrying the attitude of the rest is gravy.

    In general though I don't find it a big deal if she is mainly motivated in helping her country. I think its frankly admirable that she does care about promoting skating in Korea. I give her credit for showing up at worlds last year and helping earn spots. Instead of just showing up at the Olympics like several former champs have done.

    I have a hard time thinking though that Kim wouldn't want a Second Olympic Gold medal. It would be a huge accomplishment few ladies have done.
  4. mr1006

    mr1006 New Member

    She won her second world title after Vancouver.

  5. Eladola

    Eladola Active Member

    I'm pretty sure Asada won that title ;)

    In fact, Kim had to (barely) win the FS just to climb to second from an earlier group
  6. Coco

    Coco Well-Known Member

    2013 World Champion, Yuna Kim. She did lose in 2010 and 2011 Worlds.
  7. bek

    bek Guest

    You said she hasn't won a major title since the 2010 Olympics, I would consider the 2013 world title a major one. And she's only been to three World Competitions since the Olympics ended and has medaled every time. No other skater can state they've medaled at not only every worlds but ever competition they've ever been in.
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  8. Robeye

    Robeye Curiously curious

    1) Fake London. I will say no more.

    2) In her Senior International career (not including Senior B and Nationals), Yuna has won something like 14 out of 20 events, or around 70%, IIRC. By way of contrast, her closest contemporary, Mao, has won 19 out of 39, if I'm counting right, or around 49%. If Yuna does not have the highest winning percentage in what is roughly the post-Janet "modern" era, I'd like to know who does. Here is a quick and dirty sampling of a few of the most prominent skaters:

    Yuna Kim: 14/20, 70%
    Mao Asada: 19/39, 49%
    Michelle Kwan: 18/36, 50% (not including Goodwill games in this analysis, which would have slightly brought down her average, anyway)
    Irina Slutskaya: 26/56, 46%
    Kristi Yamaguchi: 6/13, 46%
    Katarina Witt: 16/28, 57%
    Dorothy Hamill: 2/6, 33% (no GPs, only Olympics and Worlds. Dorothy's time is arguably "pre-modern", in terms of competitive structure. If one adds in the US championships as a kind of very crude compensation, her record would be a more normative 5/12, 42%).

    As a general observation, even the most prominent champions have only won about half of their Senior outings. Katarina Witt, with her legendary, ferocious will to win, is the only other skater among this very select group much above the 50% mark. No matter what happens in Sochi, Yuna will retire with by far the highest winning percentage of modern times.

    So, yeah, I would say that Yuna is used to winning.

    (Note: I think the numbers are pretty accurate, but were done fairly casually. If anyone feels there are egregious errors, comments are certainly welcome)
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2013
  9. EricRohmer

    EricRohmer New Member

    Because I heard that at LP dress rehearsal Yuna's condition looked not-good, I was relieved Yuna LP ended with 1 fall. :) Yesterday I was really worring.
    I wish Yuna good health and good condition-building up to Sochi.
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2013
  10. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    Re-posting from the Golden Spin thread in Kiss and Cry:
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  11. Jammers

    Jammers Well-Known Member

    Yuna needs at least one more competition and probably 2 before Sochi to start feeling like she's ready to defend her Olympic title. She especially needs it to build up her stamina. If this is going to be her only event before Sochi it's ill advised no matter how good she is.
  12. museksk8r

    museksk8r Holding an edge and looking dangerously sexy

    I'm not a fan of her programs or costumes, both last season and this season. Everything just appears too bland and not Olympic worthy for my tastes. There is no fire in her this Olympic cycle. Her programs look the same and she doesn't bring enough emotion into her performances. There is no variety in her movement or choreography. She seems detached from the programs and from the audience.
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  13. Robeye

    Robeye Curiously curious

    I agree, that would be how I would play it as well, but I'm sure she doesn't need my advice. ;)
  14. Eladola

    Eladola Active Member

    I kinda meant till the 2013 worlds, Seeing we talked about her reaction at that event, And whether she only went to a couple worlds since then is beside the point, She still hasn't won a major event since Olympics, She basically just missed one worlds since .

    I'm open to the possibility she was just used to it, Seeing i thought the same thing myself,
    My only point was my misconception of her beatability.

    I don't understand "Fake London" :) can u clarify ?

    And yes, she does win a lot, But i thought we were talking about major events, That percentage would be a bit different all around .

    I didn't get into the whole "Reputation" thing yet, But i don't feel this comment is either offensive or inaccurate,
    So it's beyond me why people would be that passionate to slap me with red ones over it .

    Maybe it sounds like i'm upset when i write,
    I'm not
    I'm always calm, Always smiling and usually humorous ;)

    I'm obsessed with Yuna,
    Still want Mao to bag this one though :(
    Then again, My dream podium would also have Kostner and Wagner on it :\
  15. bek

    bek Guest

    Kim only competed in three major events since Vancover....She actually has more world medals than Asada even though Asada's been at more worlds.
  16. Eladola

    Eladola Active Member

    She has the same amount of victories, And we were talking about those (though i wasn't going for a competition),
    And again, My point was she didn't have a winning moment (that mattered, in skating) since olympics, Doesn't matter how much she competed
  17. Robeye

    Robeye Curiously curious

    Eladola, I'm going to assume you are not a troll, and simply just don't know.

    "Fake" London, Ontario, is where last year's World Championships were held. After a break of almost two years, Yuna, with only a couple of minor event warm-ups, did a Tunguska on the ladies field, winning Gold by over 20 points over Caro and Mao. Yuna was not only essentially clean in both programs, but her Free Skate, scoring over 148, is considered by many to be one of the greatest competitive performances of all time.

    If you didn't know this, forgive me for being just a tad skeptical about the weight of your opinions on the topic at hand. I'm not trying to be offensive; it is genuine puzzlement.
  18. Eladola

    Eladola Active Member

    Are you for real ?

    Why did you write "Fake London, i'll say no more" as a response to my former post, I didn't what was your point
  19. bek

    bek Guest

    And we keep on pointing out she did. She's the reigning world champion. That's a winning moment.
  20. Eladola

    Eladola Active Member

    That's a troll if there ever was one .
    I'm putting an end to this, It's bothering the thread now
  21. TripleWallie

    TripleWallie Member

    Worlds 2013 was not a winning moment that mattered in skating?! :eek: Holy cow.

    So skating last of the entire Worlds competition, after a long break since Vancouver, and going 100% clean with the crowd going wild at the end and nearly matching her Vancouver LP score of 150. This was not a winning moment, a moment that mattered in skating?
  22. Eladola

    Eladola Active Member

    Triplewallie, This conversation started because we were talking about her reaction after the FS at worlds 2013.
    Up until that point, She didn't.

    Holy cow

    For your convenience, here is what i originally responded to

  23. Robeye

    Robeye Curiously curious

    Eladola, based on the last few posts, I am now suspecting that there is a huge disconnect between what many posters (including me) seem to understand you to have said, and what you think you said.

    It may be a language issue, but I still can't figure out what you think you're trying to say. (Wow, this is tough)
  24. Eladola

    Eladola Active Member

    Thanks for being nice at least,
    People have been pretty evil in private messages .

    It's not a language thing, I responded to someone saying something about her reaction at worlds 2013, (i don't think i was unclear, you can go back and check, i even specified facts from worlds 2013 in my comments so obviously i'm aware of the event, Sadly couldn't get tickets though)
    The problem was when for some reason people, i guess, thought i was talking about her reaction yesterday

    I would have let this go earlier but some people went out of their way to make me fell like s**t,
    I hope they get banned for a month,

    Sorry for spamming the thread with this,
    Let's get back to Yuna shall we ?
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  25. Robeye

    Robeye Curiously curious

    OK, good idea. Clean slates for everyone. :)
  26. Eladola

    Eladola Active Member

    Yes, Except for my Reputation point situation ;)

    SO, does anyone have a link to the protocol of the FS ?
    I kinda was surprised at the score, even with the fall and no 3t
  27. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

  28. allezfred

    allezfred Master/Mistress of Sneer Staff Member

    I was in Zagreb and my impression was that the short worked really well for Yuna. She seemed to be a lot more emotionally involved in it than she has seemed to me to be the previous times I've seen her live.

    I wasn't so enamoured with the free. I thought it was a bit generic. If she skates it well, no doubt it will score well, but it didn't appeal to me.
  29. bronwynsings

    bronwynsings Well-Known Member

    I quite like both programs :) The SP will be a beautiful way to send her goodbye to the sport, and the LP will be phenomenal if she skates it with fire. The emoting has gotten a LOT better from last year, and hopefully it will improve more by the Olympics!

    The LP dress is gorgeous, and the SP dress isn't too bad unless you take out the sleeves. I miss the Kiss of the Vampire dress though, that was purely gorgeous.
  30. Marco

    Marco Well-Known Member

    I wonder why just the level 1 for her final spin?!