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Which young skaters around the world said of Yuna as their role model or inspiration?

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 05:38 PM

Just as Yuna addresses Michelle as her childhood role model, there has been quite a few young skaters around the world who said Yuna is their role model, inspiration, someone who influenced them, etc. Who are these skaters and do we have links to their interviews?

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 06:15 PM

FIRST! :thumbsup_anim:

I love quotes about Yu-Na from other skaters (current senior or junior ladies skaters, not retired, not male/ice dancers/pairs). It is like candy for me.

Here's what I have. Note that these are quotes from skaters who express some kind of admiration/respect for Yu-Na, a particular performance, and/or wanting to be like her. I think this is particularly awesome coming from Yu-Na's peers, skaters who are competing with her or are older than her (i.e. Kostner, Lepisto).

In no particular order...

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YOUNG SKATERS

POLINA SHELEPEN
http://goldenskate.c...10/071110.shtml
The skaters she looks up to are Olympic Champion Yu-Na Kim and World Champion Daisuke Takahashi. "I really like how they are skating. As for Yu-Na Kim, I love her high, big jumps and her choreography."

Christina Gao
Favorite sports figure: Yu-Na Kim
http://www.icenetwork.com/skaters/detail.j...0821&mode=I

Isabella Larkin
UK novice champion, Isabella Larkin's interview with iSKATE magazine, June 2010, Issue 52
Q: Which current/former competitor(s) do you most admire?
A : I most admire Kim Yu-na, who is amazing to watch because she is very artistic and makes everything look easy.

Nina Jiang
Favorite Sports Figure: Yu-Na Kim
http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/detail.j...0852&mode=I

Felicia Zhang (currently both a singles and a pair skater) lists Yu-Na as the biggest influence in her life as well as her favorite sports figure: http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/detail.j...0470&mode=I

Hannah Miller
http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article...2/1021/SPORTS02

WILLIAMSTON - It can certainly inspire a potential Olympic champion to watch her idol win the gold medal in person. That's just what Hannah Miller, 13, of Williamston did this past winter, watching Yu-Na Kim of South Korea win the gold in ladies figure skating at the Vancouver Winter Games. "She's just a great skater," Hannah said.

Elizaveta Tuktamysheva
http://www.goldenska...10/082910.shtml
"She also likes Yu-Na Kim and Mao Asada for their elegant and effortless-looking jumps."

August 2010 issue of IFS Magazine
KANAKO MURAKAMI
- Kanako first talked about how she was inspired and impressed by Mao's Vancouver performances. When asked which foreign skaters she admires, she answered, "For step sequences, it's Stephane [Lambiel] and Yu-Na Kim, and Joannie Rochette for her jumping technique." Pg. 17, article by Jack Gallagher, "Golden Season for Murakami"

YRETHA SILETE
- There was an article about two young French skaters. One of them, Yrétha Silété, when asked who her role models are, named Yu-Na Kim and Mao Asada. "I love their flow, their grace and their technique...Everything looks so easy and natural for them." Pg. 19, article by Paul Peret, "French Ladies on the Rise"

CURRENT SENIOR COMPETITORS

Carolina Kostner
http://www.style.it/...rima-vista.aspx

C'è una collega o un collega che stimi in particolar modo o che invidi?
«Stimo molto Yu Na Kim, è veramente fortissima».
Is there a colleague (male or female) whom you particularly respect or envy?
Carolina Kostner: I respect Yu-Na Kim a lot, she's very strong. (meaning very good; a winning skater) [Translated by our own GiuliaPlumm]

Laura Lepisto
http://www.youtube.c...h?v=2DYXNwTyeTs
Laura Lepisto named Yu-Na as the best overall athlete in Vancouver. “Yu-Na Kim is clearly one of my own idols.”

Alena Leonova
http://en.alena-leonova.ru/blog/my_first_w...o/2010-03-30-15
[2010 Olympics LP] Then I came to the stands to watch the last group in Alla Yakovlevna’s company. But before that I met Ksenia, and we told each other how happy we were for each other’s success. All the skaters in the last group skated very well, especially Yu-Na. She was faultless. I even got on my feet when applauding her.

Agnes Zawadzki
"Agnes Zawadzki [has] grown up admiring Cohen, Michelle Kwan and Yu-Na Kim." -- Ice Network, 3/22/2010
http://web.icenetwork.com/news/article.jsp...;vkey=ice_news=
Favorite sports figure: Yu-Na Kim
http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/detail.j...1013&mode=I

Ksenia Makarova
"My goal for the next three seasons is to just stay on top, like (Olympic champion) Yu-Na Kim did...I want to stay up there in the whole world." -- Ksenia Makarova, Russian national champion, 4/18/2010
http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/...180343/-1/rss02


Mirai Nagasu
Lists Yu-Na as one of three favorite skaters
http://www.figureska...asu/profile.htm

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 06:28 PM

That's quite a list there, jaylee! Thank you!

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 06:47 PM

Hee. If I can analyze my own list (am I allowed to be proud of the way I cited all my sources? Hehe), I will say that the things that jump out at me are this:

1) The variety of countries--ones with a rich history in figure skating (Russia, USA), and ones with a shorter history (UK, France, Italy, Finland). I hope that Yu-Na's accomplishments inspires the young skaters who might one day try to be the trailblazer for their country the way Yu-Na has for hers. And I find it surprising and completely awesome that Yu-Na is admired by young American and Russian skaters, who have so many skaters from their own country to choose from. It tells me that Yu-Na's skating transcends national boundaries.
2) The length of the list--because Yu-Na's career isn't over yet. We have yet to see how many young girls, who haven't even begun to compete, were inspired by Yu-Na's Vancouver 2010 performances. There will definitely be more young skaters to add to this list.
3) The respect that her fellow competitors give her. It is especially interesting that Laura and Kostner, who were skating senior long before Yu-Na came along, gained such admiration for her. I think it's very different for a fellow competitor to give her such respect versus retired skaters who aren't competing with her, though of course, both are welcome.
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Posted 08 October 2010 - 07:15 PM

View Postjaylee, on Oct 8 2010, 04:47 PM, said:

Hee. If I can analyze my own list (am I allowed to be proud of the way I cited all my sources? Hehe), I will say that the things that jump out at me are this:

1) The variety of countries--ones with a rich history in figure skating (Russia, USA), and ones with a shorter history (UK, France, Italy, Finland). I hope that Yu-Na's accomplishments inspires the young skaters who might one day try to be the trailblazer for their country the way Yu-Na has for hers. And I find it surprising and completely awesome that Yu-Na is admired by young American and Russian skaters, who have so many skaters from their own country to choose from. It tells me that Yu-Na's skating transcends national boundaries.
2) The length of the list--because Yu-Na's career isn't over yet. We have yet to see how many young girls, who haven't even begun to compete, were inspired by Yu-Na's Vancouver 2010 performances. There will definitely be more young skaters to add to this list.
3) The respect that her fellow competitors give her. It is especially interesting that Laura and Kostner, who were skating senior long before Yu-Na came along, gained such admiration for her. I think it's very different for a fellow competitor to give her such respect versus retired skaters who aren't competing with her, though of course, both are welcome.


Thanks for the great list jaylee. Your 2nd bullet point particularly jumps at me. The young skaters who appear in interviews are the ones who already reached to a certain height in their career, high enough to draw the media attention and give interviews. I am sure there are many youngsters who just began or are about to begin their lives as figure skater who were initially motivated by Yuna's Olympic performance.

Here is a clip from before the Olympics: http://www.youtube.c...h?v=6N0Bln_bNfE

And here is Kanako Murakami's interview (at 5:30):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BphDObnqzNA...feature=related

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 07:36 PM

View Postmarco, on Oct 8 2010, 08:15 PM, said:

Thanks for the great list jaylee. Your 2nd bullet point particularly jumps at me. The young skaters who appear in interviews are the ones who already reached to a certain height in their career, high enough to draw the media attention and give interviews. I am sure there are many youngsters who just began or are about to begin their lives as figure skater who were initially motivated by Yuna's Olympic performance.

Here is a clip from before the Olympics: http://www.youtube.c...h?v=6N0Bln_bNfE

And here is Kanako Murakami's interview (at 5:30):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BphDObnqzNA...feature=related


Wow, cool. Nice to hear young Yukino Oribe express respect for Yu-Na's expression. I don't expect skaters to admire skaters from other countries, but it's always lovely when they do. [I read an article once about one young American skater who worships Kimmie Meissner...because they're both from Maryland...completely okay...]

Thanks for Kanako's interview. I heard her mention Yu-Na at 4:50. Do you know what she's saying, exactly? I heard "ichiban" in there, I think that means number one. That's about all the Japanese I learned from "Big Bird goes to Japan."
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Posted 08 October 2010 - 08:04 PM

I am no Japanese speaker so I would be able to say for sure, but judging from some recognizable words she is talking about most impressive performances in the senior GPF held in Japan. I think she is saying she liked Yuna's and Takahashi's step sequences and she studies them, but I am not 100% sure.

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Posted 09 October 2010 - 03:42 AM

Thanks for this thread, marco.. i have always wanted to suggest to jay to start a thread for this, but i keep forgetting.. :giggle: i am not surprised that she was the first to comment.. <_<

Thanks for all the links and info, jay.. :bye:
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Posted 10 October 2010 - 06:08 PM

Most recent comment by Christina Gao, from an interview with Goldenskate:


"I really hope to use this season to find my zone in every competition so that I can carry that with me as I push towards 2014. After seeing Yuna Kim with the Olympics, I realized that dreams can come true. I love skating, and if I work hard, hopefully that can happen for me, too."


http://goldenskate.c...10/101010.shtml

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 08:21 PM

View Postjaylee, on Oct 8 2010, 07:36 PM, said:

Wow, cool. Nice to hear young Yukino Oribe express respect for Yu-Na's expression. I don't expect skaters to admire skaters from other countries, but it's always lovely when they do. [I read an article once about one young American skater who worships Kimmie Meissner...because they're both from Maryland...completely okay...]

Thanks for Kanako's interview. I heard her mention Yu-Na at 4:50. Do you know what she's saying, exactly? I heard "ichiban" in there, I think that means number one. That's about all the Japanese I learned from "Big Bird goes to Japan."


Kanako said in the above interview that her favorite skaters are Asada Mao and Yuna Kim. She also said in another interview that she wants to be a skater who could take the strengths of both. :sweatingbullets:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYoHrSFjM1E...player_embedded (at 1:19~)
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Posted 11 October 2010 - 10:32 PM

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"I really hope to use this season to find my zone in every competition so that I can carry that with me as I push towards 2014. After seeing Yuna Kim with the Olympics, I realized that dreams can come true. I love skating, and if I work hard, hopefully that can happen for me, too."


It's amazing how Yuna has so much influence to these younger skaters. But I don't believe any of them will follow the same path, or is face with the same struggles as Yuna, ultimately fulfilling her dream. This is why Yuna's accomplishments are so meaningful to many of her fans.

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 10:34 PM

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It's amazing how Yuna has so much influence to these younger skaters. But I don't believe any of them will follow the same path, or is face with the same struggles as Yuna, ultimately fulfilling her dream. This is why Yuna's accomplishments are so meaningful to many of her fans.

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 10:35 PM

I posted it already! :sweatingbullets: Check the post right above you.

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 10:59 PM

Awww thanks so much for this thread, it is rather amazing I just discovered it. Thaks Jay for that exhuastive detailed list, it is so touching to see how some of the ladies see her, with admiration and respect when it could all be too easily to turn into something else very catty being the nature of competitive sport like the old days.

Actually do you think it might be worth might be worth to create a separate list for current male skaters as well, I seem to remember some rather flattering remarks made from Brian Joubert about Yuna being the best in the world from a few years ago, and he wanted to skate pair with her :sweatingbullets:

I recall Johnny may have said something similar, and I am sure there are tons of stuff out there from Patrick Chan, Stephan L, Evan and may be even Daisuke?

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 11:03 PM

View Postmarco, on Oct 11 2010, 10:35 PM, said:

I posted it already! :sweatingbullets: Check the post right above you.


Marco, I was in a hurry, I didn't even see your post. Thank you for letting me know!

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 11:23 PM

Kwak Min-Jung
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/artic...VA6uMVl--8NDbaw

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Kwak, who goes to the same high school which Kim attended in Gunpo, south of the capital Seoul, described Kim's performance as "very inspired and very touching" that it makes her cry.

"She has a very, very good facial expression and courage."

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Posted 17 October 2010 - 04:09 PM

It's not so much Yuna being her role model but it was something nice that she said about Yuna....from Kiira Korpi. Starting around 1:28

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVgQEi1VySM...feature=related

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Posted 17 October 2010 - 04:56 PM

View PostBear, on Oct 17 2010, 05:09 PM, said:

It's not so much Yuna being her role model but it was something nice that she said about Yuna....from Kiira Korpi. Starting around 1:28

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVgQEi1VySM...feature=related


Cool, thanks Bear. In another interview in Korea (Kiira was stranded in S. Korea because of the volcanic ash issue in Europe), Kiira mentioned that she didn't get to know Yu-Na when she was younger because they didn't speak the same language, but since then, they've gotten to know each better now and that she hopes Yu-Na doesn't retire.
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Posted 17 October 2010 - 05:07 PM

View Postjaylee, on Oct 17 2010, 05:56 PM, said:

Cool, thanks Bear. In another interview in Korea (Kiira was stranded in S. Korea because of the volcanic ash issue in Europe), Kiira mentioned that she didn't get to know Yu-Na when she was younger because they didn't speak the same language, but since then, they've gotten to know each better now and that she hopes Yu-Na doesn't retire.


Very cool...I'm like Kiira, I hope Yuna doesn't retire either, not this soon. Yuna's skating has just begun and the 09 World Championship and the Olympics were just a taste of her brilliance. She has more to show the world.

Kiira seems like a cool chick....I've never seen her without a smile on her face. :popcorn: Smiling is good for you! LOL

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Posted 05 December 2010 - 09:43 PM

Just bumping up this old thread to add some skaters.

Sofia Biryukova
(Information courtesy of volk)

View Postjaylee, on Nov 20 2010, 06:44 PM, said:

According to a poster on GS (Volk, who is a member of YNKF!) who posted the article below, Sofia wants to be like Yu-Na and Volchkova (as if we couldn't tell by her picking Danse Macabre as her music starting last season, but this is the first official confirmation we've had!). ETA: she also includes Irina and Rochette. She calls them all her idols.

http://www.sports.ru...g/74394893.html



View Postvolk, on Nov 20 2010, 10:19 PM, said:

Yes, in the article Sofia specifically says that music for her program was picked because it was used by Yu-Na.

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