The Legendary Figure Skater, Yuna Kim
In South Korea, it is hard to find who doesn't know Yuna Kim. Rather, people who don't know her are treated as odd. She's not only famous nationwide, but also worldwide to people who are interested in figure skating. Yuna Kim is a Korean figure skater who is creating a legend in a history of figure skating.
Yuna was born in September 5th, 1990 in the city of Bucheon in South Korea. She lived in Bucheon until her age of six and moved to the city of Gunpo. She started to skate when she was seven. She visited an ice-rink of Gwacheon, and got interested in figure skating. Then, she was strongly suggested to seriously continue to skate by coach Ryu Jonghyeon. He persuaded that Yuna could be a world-class skater when she grow up. In later years, she interviwed and said, "My coaches have told me my muscles and body structure are perfect for skating. I was born with a good instrument, maybe more so than the talent. I was lucky my coaches noticed early on and helped me develop that. A lot of people don't know they are born that way."
However, practicing a skating in Korea itself was an obstacle for her. In Korea, there weren't any qualified ice-rinks for practicing figure skating. In fact, the number of the rinks was not enough. Due to the public open of the rinks, she only had early morning or late night to practice, and she even had to move rink to rink to practice.
Having these difficulties, she keeps practices and practices and makes her junior debut. In her junior seasons, which were 2004 to 2006, she mastered five kinds of jumps. Also, she won medals in every competition, which is a big record that only two skaters own, including Yuna, in Ladies Single Figure Skating history. She also renewed Korean record with her scores.
In 2006-2007 seasons, she finally makes her senior debut. In this season, she meets Brian Orser as her new coach, who will achieve her biggest honor in her career together. At the same time, she moves to Toronto, Canada for more stable and systematic practice. Since then, she renews the world record and wins numerous competitions for few years. Her skating starts to get spotlight worldwide. Numerous fans and experts gave so much praise toward her perfect skating. However, in 2008, she faced injury occurred due to overwhelming practice continued for several years. Nevertheless, she kept skated with painkillers, which impressed many people.
Her career stands on the top at 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Before the Olympic, she was the favorite winner of Ladies' Single Figure Skating. In the Olympic, she wins the gold medal setting the world record, earning total of 228.56, in both short and free programs. She showed perfect, clean programs, which wrote legend in figure skating history and impressed the whole world. There are still many people who remember her performance of 2010 Olympics. She earned the name "Queen Yuna", due to the perfectness of her skating that no one can follow.
After Olympics, she concerns about her career as a skater. She thought about retirement, but she decides to challenge 2014 Olympic again. Also, she played a key role as a Korean committee members to host 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic. She delivered presentation for Pyeongchang in front of IOC committee, and Pyeongchang won the Olympic over other rival cities. Her career is still continuing, and we are all happy to see her wonderful skating.