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Yuna Kim thread - her journey post-Sochi

Discussion in 'The Trash Can' started by l'etoile, Feb 28, 2014.

  1. l'etoile

    l'etoile New Member

    The previous thread does have over 1000 posts so here it goes.

    Yuna may be retired now but there's no doubt that her contributions and activities will make her relevant enough to skating world.

    Let's rejoice and talk about Yuna Kim who wants to be remembered as a skater, not as an Olympic Champion nor a medalist of many competitions:)
  2. riveredge

    riveredge Active Member

    thanks for this new thread l'etoile.. :D

    yuna photos from her Olympic experience

    yuna w/Jenna McCorkell


    yuna w/ dennis ten


    yuna w/ team korea


    yuna @ closing ceremony during south korea's national anthem for pyeongchang 2018


    yuna w/ v&t


    yuna and her teammates with charlie and meryl


    yuna w/ gwendal peizerat


    yuna w/ kurt browning

  3. crs

    crs Well-Known Member

    I'm very skeptical about South Korea's FEDERATION allowing Yuna to retire. She didn't seem very motivated to compete in Sochi. time will tell.
  4. smarts1

    smarts1 Well-Known Member

    It feels weird to look at all those pictures and know where they were taken. Missing Sochi already. :(

    From the picture with Kurt, it looks like the Korean team was walking around the park the day after the closing ceremonies and went to the souvenir shop. I also spotted them later that day at the seaport in Sochi. Some of the media members were asking Yuna for pictures. :D Except the Korean official with her was kind of annoyed lol.
  5. ehdtkqorl123

    ehdtkqorl123 Active Member

    Well, she made that announcement loud and clear. I'd say 0%.
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  6. berthesghost

    berthesghost Well-Known Member

    I'm not. She was very instrumental in getting them the Olys and will be featured prominently in the media, ceremonies etc I'm sure. She's much more useful to them than she would be as a mere competitor and even if the fed wanted her, the Oly committee and the gov etc would eclipse that with their own wants. She's not just the country's biggest skater, she's their biggest athlete.

    I'm sure the JPS was desperate for Midori to skate in Nagano, but shit happens and they got over it. Time will tell, but time will not be YuNa's friend here.
  7. iarispiralllyof

    iarispiralllyof Active Member

    No pictures with Michelle? :(
  8. smarts1

    smarts1 Well-Known Member

    Strangely, I never saw Michelle or Tara either despite the fact that they were at the Olympics. Not even Johnny or Evan either. Saw Kristi and Sarah Hughes though along with Sandra, Scott, and Kurt. And Nastia Liukin whom I am kicking myself over because I didn't get a picture with her. :(
  9. riveredge

    riveredge Active Member

    according to michelle during the olympics via fox sports she mentioned that she gave yuna some advice to skate clean.. i guess they talked.. as for the pic i don't know..
  10. riveredge

    riveredge Active Member

    translation c/o from feversmedia

    Yuna Kim: "Please remember me as a skater named Yuna Kim, not by a medal"

    Q: How does it feel to be done?

    ▶YUNA: I feel free now that it’s over. I’m glad I was able to pull off two clean programs.

Q: Did you get to see your mom after everything was done yesterday?

    ▶YUNA: The off-site lodging where we were originally staying wasn't that great so I went into the athlete dormitories. I didn’t get to see her because of that, but we exchanged texts afterwards and she said, “There’s a lot of talk going on about the scores, but it’s all over now so don’t be upset over it and let’s just enjoy the freedom now.” And in regards to the color of the medal, she said, “Let's think that the gold medal went to someone who was more desperate for it.”

    Q: Were you able to sleep well?

    ▶YUNA: I went to bed late since there were interviews and doping tests after the competition. It was hard to believe that everything had completely come to an end. It’s incredibly liberating and I feel at peace.

    Q: Your scores fell behind, but do you think you fell behind in terms of skills and ability as well?

    ▶YUNA: I didn’t really get the chance to watch the performances of other skaters yet. It doesn’t make a difference whether I agree (with the decision) or not. I have absolutely no regrets. It’s all done now. I have no opinions on it. 

    Q: There’s an outrage in Korea over the judgement in Korea.

    ▶YUNA: People talked about some of the unfairness in the judging before. The people around me were always more upset than I was. I think it’s drawing more attention now since the Olympics is such a big event. As for me, I really don’t think I have any feelings left for that. I’ve been saying this again and again, but I’m just happy it’s all over. I did well and I’m satisfied with that. 

    Q: What was running through your head after the free skate?

    ▶YUNA: The thought that it was all finally over was the first. I was nervous going into it and it was exhausting. I thought to myself, ‘I’m so tired,‘ and, ‘It’s over now.’

    Q: When the scores came out, there wasn’t much change in your facial expression. Did you know that your scores were going to be low?

    ▶YUNA: I wasn’t expecting a good one. I kind of figured after the short program. The higher your expectations, the bigger the disappointment. There were a lot of times when no matter how well I skated, the scores didn’t come out as expected. I tend to think a lot before competitions. I think about getting lower-than-expected scores and scenarios where I would place second. So when the scores came out, I wasn’t surprised. I wasn’t there to win the gold medal, so I was okay.

    Q: Did you get to talk to Sotnikova or Koster?

    ▶YUNA: We didn’t get to talk. We just congratulated each other after the competition. 

    Q: Do you feel free because you’re liberated from the pressure now?

    ▶YUNA: I thought it was the end when the Vancouver Olympics ended, but somehow, I've come this far. There’s a lot of different reasons as to why I feel free. For one, there’s no fear of competition now. The process of training for competitions after the Vancouver Olympics was extremely difficult physically. I no longer had a clear goal so it was hard for me to feel motivated. And then there’s the fact that I’m now free from all the restraints that athletes have.

    *Click - Note: Over the course of the past few days, we've seen several news articles and media outlets that belie Yuna's words and her true intentions.

    Q: What do you want to do the most right now?

    ▶YUNA: More than what I want to do the most, the fact that all this is over and that I can put down all the weight in of itself makes me really happy. 

    Q: Did you look at the scores of the other ladies before you performed?

    ▶YUNA: I had a general idea. I heard that everyone had made a minor mistake but that the scores were high overall. I wasn’t too concerned. The end of was near, and it was going to be my last, so I didn’t feel any pressure. The practice session had gone well. I was really nervous before the short program and I was worried I wouldn’t be able to to do well during the competition, but during the free skate, I felt like everything I had done during practice would come through.

    Q: What’s the secret behind your nerves of steel? 

    ▶YUNA: I don’t think I have any secrets, but I do think I was born with that kind of personality. I look at skaters around me and we’re all so different. There are skaters who are talented but never quite get to show everything that they have during the competitions due to nerves. I always get nervous too, but I don’t think I get as anxious as the other skaters. There’s no secret behind to this; I think I was just born with this kind of personality and so that’s why I think I was fit to be an athlete.

    Q: Sotnikova walked out during the press conference after the free skate. 

    ▶YUNA: It was a press conference where the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd skaters were together. Usually, we all walk out together when it’s over. It was the last question of the conference, and the question had come to me. But Sotnikovia went ahead and walk out. She had already been there and had started answering questions before I got there. She still had her dress on. And when she got up and left during the middle of my answer, I just thought, “What’s going on?” It’s up to the skater to do what they want to do.

    Q: You didn’t show much emotion even after the competition. 

    ▶YUNA: I think it was because I wasn’t thinking about the gold medal. And I couldn’t be downcast because I had won the silver medal. 

    Q: What are your plans for the future?

    ▶YUNA: I need to take some time recuperating now that it’s all over. I’m not going to waste my time away either. I think there will be a lot going on. I’m going to have to take my time thinking about how I’m going to live the rest of my life. 

    Q: What’s the most memorable competition of your career?

    ▶YUNA: I would say it would be my last skate yesterday. But it’s hard to just choose one. I’ve been competing for so long.

    Q: Then what if you had to pick three. 

    ▶YUNA: Yesterday and Vancouver.. Actually, I don’t want to choose.

    Q: Is there anything you’ve been wanting to do but couldn’t do?

    ▶YUNA: If there are restrictions as an athlete, eating would be one. Before, I was always worried about gaining weight. But now, it’s hard for me to gain weight and gain muscle, so there were a lot of times when I had to eat meat out of necessity. Oh, there’s also that--whenever I felt like my body was off, whether I was taking a break or training, I became really sensitive. I was very sensitive to the smallest changes when it came to my body and injuries. It’s not anything too big, but there were a lot of small, trivial things that I had to be worried about and that stressed me out a lot.

    Q: What does figure skating mean to you and what did you learn from it?

    ▶YUNA: We're inseparable no matter how hard I try. While training for this event, I realized that the results matter, but the process of it all is even more important. On the surface, the results might be the only thing that shows through, but I realized that there’s much more to learn and understand from the steps leading up to it.

    Q: What kind of skater do you want to be remembered as?

    ▶YUNA: More than being remembered as the Vancouver gold medalist or the Sochi silver medalist, I just want people to remember that there was once a skater named Yuna Kim.
  11. clairecloutier

    clairecloutier Well-Known Member

    Yuna is such an interesting person. Most skaters present everything very simply--"I love skating, I want to win." Yuna has always seemed to have a much more complicated relationship with the sport. You get the sense that she feels skating chose her, not the other way around. She's talked before about how she feels she was born not with the greatest talent, but with a great instrument for skating, i.e., a body perfectly suited to it. And here she talks about being born with the right personality for a competitor. She's very truthful in this way, more so than most competitors.

    I'm glad she's happy right now. And I hope she finds something very fulfilling to give her time and energy to, something she will enjoy. But oh, I will miss her. Living in the West, we seldom get the chance to see her in shows or even public appearances. I'll miss her very much!
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  12. spikydurian

    spikydurian Well-Known Member

    Thank you. Yuna will forever be remembered in S Korea as the gifted skater who brought S. Korea into the world of figure skating. She will be remembered outside of S. Korea as a formidable competitor. I wish her all the best. Love that interview. It is time to move on to plan her future. Whatever she does, my heart says ... all the best Yuna. You deserve the best.
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  13. eternitygoddess

    eternitygoddess Well-Known Member

    Agreed. I never got the sense that Yuna Kim ever loved skating the way skaters like Plushenko, Asada, Hanyu do. It seemed to me like she continued to skate until the Vancouver Olympics bc there was so much expectation from her nation, and then after Vancouver she was so checked out. I do think she has the most raw talent of any skater (past or present), as evidenced by the way she was able to take breaks for so long, and still come back at the biggest competitions and decimate the field. Even when she was sleepwalking through her programs (2011), she was assured of medalling no lower than 2nd, and only lost the gold by less than 2 points.
  14. spikydurian

    spikydurian Well-Known Member

    Will Yuna continue to do show skating? Is there any Fiesta on Ice this year? I hope so.
  15. riveredge

    riveredge Active Member

  16. RunnersHigh

    RunnersHigh Well-Known Member

    All That Skate Spring 2014 on 4~6, May in Seoul.
  17. riveredge

    riveredge Active Member

    yuna had a fan event today march 4, 2014, organized by one of her sponsors E1 LPG, together w/ hae jin and so youn..


    she received gifts from fans and a lot of bread.. in korea yuna prefers to eat bread than rice.. :D

    http://img.tvreport.co.kr/images/20140304/20140304_1393904264_51036300_1.jpg :lol:


    http://i2.media.daumcdn.net/svc/image/U03/news/201403/04/joynews24/20140304120807658.jpg :lol:
  18. brilliant9

    brilliant9 Member

  19. riveredge

    riveredge Active Member

  20. reut

    reut Well-Known Member

  21. Gazpacho

    Gazpacho Well-Known Member

    I have a feeling there will be a ton of pressure on Yuna to return for the 2018 Olympics because they're in Korea. On a selfish note, I would love that. But I also don't want her pressured into it if her heart isn't there.
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  22. iloveemoticons

    iloveemoticons Well-Known Member

    I also hope they do not pressure her for 2018.

    I just saw this link, Yuna apparently has a boyfriend


    I can't read Korean, but this seems like a Korean tabloid and they have numerous photos of her and this guy out and about
  23. riveredge

    riveredge Active Member

    he's a hockey player in korea.. he's 29 years old.. i believe they've been dating since summer..yuna was asked many times about her future boyfriend.. she always said that she prefers dating an athlete.. i guess now yuna is retired she can do whatever she wants..

    http://s29.postimg.org/wkzxglvbb/capture1.jpg Naver search is equivalent to yahoo in korea

    the guys in korea are having a meltdown.. :rofl:
  24. RunnersHigh

    RunnersHigh Well-Known Member

    DISPATCH is the worst paparazzi in Korea.
    According to the article, the guy, KIM WON JUNG, is a hockey player and a member of National team sharing the ice rink with Yuna.
    One interesting fact is DISPATCH didn't report it even the company knew it 6 months ago. Very interesting. The company is notorious for invasion of celebrities' privacy no matter what.

    Anyway Yuna was pursued by DISPATCH for 6 months and DISPATCH's conclusion is Yuna trained really hard, injured around mid September, met a man just around the rink, celebrated birthdays each other, etc.

    I think it's really good for Yuna and want to celebrate them both.
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2014
  25. riveredge

    riveredge Active Member

    i think they waited to release this because yuna was preparing for sochi olympics... imagine the distraction.. whoever thought that paparazzi in korea is considerate... :rofl:
  26. hotch

    hotch New Member

    OMG :wideeyes::wideeyes: At least they've waited until post-Sochi. If it is true, I wanna congratulate her! She should be all out, happy, and enjoying her life to the fullest now that her competitive career is done and over.
  27. fscric

    fscric Active Member

    They are a good-looking couple. Happy for Yuna that she can now have a normal life.