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Avatar of BillBy on July 2nd, 2012 at 6:54 pm

Yu-Na Kim to compete in 2014 Winter Olympics

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Would she have to go through qualifying first?

South Korea’s Olympic figure skating champion Kim Yuna said she’ll compete in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

“I felt I’d regret it if I quit because of rising pressure,” Kim, 21, said today at a televised media conference at a training center at Tae-reung, north east of Seoul. “I will retire at the Sochi Olympic Games.”

Kim, who won the gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, hasn’t competed internationally since placing second at last year’s World Championships behind Japan’s Miki Ando.

She said she wants to become a member of the International Olympic Committee after her skating career is over. Kim will return to competitions this year, Yonhap News reported.

Kim, who helped South Korea’s Pyeongchang win the right to host the 2018 Winter Olympics, has focused on ice shows and university studies in South Korea amid rising speculation she may retire.- Businessweek

Kim not just won the Gold Medal in 2010, but did so in record setting fashion. She risks failure and people remembering her for it by competing in 2014. IMHO Kim won’t win the Gold again.

  • Leon LaPorte
    7:18 pm on July 2nd, 2012 1

    Yeah, I think 21-22 is a bit long in the tooth for an olympic skater.

    She said she wants to become a member of the International Olympic Committee after her skating career is over.

    Now THAT is thinking like a true Korean. Let the bribe money and influence peddling flow!

  • Lemmy
    8:05 pm on July 2nd, 2012 2

    Her head is too small for her body.

  • Dreamboat Annie
    5:57 am on July 3rd, 2012 3

    She should have toured with the Ice Capades/follies for a year or two. By now, she would have pocketed a great deal of money.

  • LolaMarigolda
    6:08 am on July 3rd, 2012 4

    I don’t think it is about money, but more about doing it for herself and actually getting to enjoy the experience. As long as she doesn’t half-shit it the way Nastia Liukin (20yr old US gymnast) did her recent comeback attempt and stays healthy, then more power to her. Katarina Witt did back to back Gold in the Olympics, as well as a 7th place finish in her third, so it’s bull to say that Yu-Na will be “too old” in another two years.

  • Jinro Dukkohbi
    7:02 am on July 3rd, 2012 5

    I thought there was talk in the skating world about changing the scoring system, due to Yuna’s showing last time and how some felt the criteria unfairly benefited her? If that happens, could prove to be interesting this time around…

  • Teadrinker
    7:58 am on July 3rd, 2012 6

    If she wants to get into the IOC, trying to compete at the 2014 would be the most logical step towards that goal. If she manages to pull off another gold, even better.

  • Angus
    8:31 am on July 3rd, 2012 7

    Not that I follow figure skating, but has Ms. Kim even been in competition since Vancouver? If she hasn’t then it is hard to imagine that she is anywhere near competitive form. Yet she expects to compete in 2014? Hmmm, good luck.

    7:29 am on July 8th, 2012 8

    @1, re: bribe money and influence peddling, do you really think that or are you just trolling?


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