This is an edited Q&A compilation translated by Venus Dooly from Facebook (A new fan from Sochi, her comments are in brackets). It is titled "Yuna's mentality"
, including her press conference after her FS.
-Whatís your know-how about mind control?
ďI felt a lot of burden and nervousness throughout many past competitions. I still don't feel the reality, and I feel less tension. It may not be known as time passes, but rather than the burdensome I feel from peopleís expectation, I worry things like whether I could do it good, I could do it up to my satisfaction. If you want to drop those kinds of worries, your practices have to be much more in perfection. I like to believe that when I steadily get ready (for the big event), I think I could do it as Iíve been practicing without the worries but with peace of mind.Ē
-Regarding the (SITC) dress squabbles
(There were some squabbles about the dress in Korea, and even in Japan. Some Koreans thought it made her look like a little yellow chick, while the Japanese labeled it as the ďdaikon [yellow pickled beet] dress.Ē -Dooly-)
ďThe most important thing is the performances.Ē
-The Olympics is going to be at Sochi, and many people worry about Lipnitskaya and the extent of home advantage. Your plan regarding her?
ďA skater canít always do great each time nor is the competition judged with same criteria. Iím not the one who can resolve these kinds of problems. For now I just have to skate performances Iím satisfied with, and accept the following results however it may be. Itís important to show your performances as much as youíve prepared.Ē
-What was the worst thing that you had to give up to become the world ranking no. 1 Kim Yuna?
ďIt felt the worst when I didnít have everyday freedom like my peers. Itís an ordinary everyday thing that canít be given up. Itís a precious thing to give up.Ē
-What do you think about the controversy of Mao, despite making mistakes, scoring over 200-mark?
ďIím not a judge so itís not for me to judge the issue.Ē
-You must feel burdensome because of the World Champion title.
ďThereíre no big or small competitions. I think all competitions are same so I try not to feel such burdens.Ē
-Regarding other skatersí flawed jumps
ďBy no means is a flawed jump an easy jump.Ē
-Is your goal an OGM?
ďThe Olympics champion is the epitome of the top to anybody. Itíd be great if I were to stand in that place.Ē
-Your reason for not attempting 3A?
ďI used to learn it. I got injured during the process. 3A is a very difficult skill.
The skill takes a long time to master. I donít think itís wise to master a new skill at this time now. I think itís more important to refine the skills you can do and minimize the mistakes.Ē
-How long will you continue to skate?
ďI apologize for not being able to have an exact answer whenever I get those questions. I was focusing on PyeongChang Olympics after last WC so I didnít have much time to ponder about the personal matter. Now I will be able to make decision as I take some time to relax. I havenít decided yet but Iím going to do my best until then so that I could show good performances to everyone and the fans.Ē
-Lipnitskaya is being mentioned as a favorite to win
ďThere always have been talks about who would be Gold, Silver, and Bronze so I donít pay attention to them. The most important thing is that I do my best.Ē
-(At the Sochi joint press conference) Are you satisfied with the result?
ďItís already over. I also didnít expect much on the scores. Iím satisfied that I performed without mistakes.Ē
-Do you have your own ďspecial tactics/movesĒ?
ďInstead of preparing special tactics itís better to train for overall good performances. I donít think I have particular special tactics.Ē
-Are you likely to make your debut as an entertainer in the future?
ďI could do other things but what I have to do is figure skating. I want to do the thing that I do best right now. Although Iím currently a competitive figure skater, thoughts of wanting to teach young skaters crossed my mind whenever I saw them. If thereís an opportunity, Iíd like to do that.Ē
-It can be somewhat burdensome to have no competitor/rival
ďI donít say things that I donít take full responsibility for. Iíve never said thereís no competitor. I think itís best to be responsible for the things that youíve said. It can be burdensome but itís most important to achieve my personal goal. Rather than winning 1st place as expected after returning by not paying attention to those (competitors), my goal is to successfully wrap up the final stage of my competitive skating career.Ē
-Do you have a philosophy of life that you follow?
ďPeople may think Kim Yuna has achieved success, but I want them to think that she is always true with humility. It tends to be on my mind in those human interpersonal relationships. Thatís why although in figure skating thereís this I must achieve, how to go about executing it, things like these, but I feel many important things are in the human interpersonal relationships. Although Iím young, and especially that Iím a public figure, I meet many people. I felt a lot of those things by meeting many people doing interviews. I wish people would just think ĎI've seen Kim Yuna and sheís a good person.í Ē
-Your thoughts on ending your 17-years of figure skating career?
ďI told my mom to just think that the gold medal went to someone who was so eager. I didnít expect good scores. From the atmosphere of SP such possibilities were likely to happen, that the law of too much expectation brings greater the disappointment.. I think by lightening up your heart itself is being happy. Even I stopped skating itís good that I feel Iím learning one by one the important tools in life. When you skate, the feelings you get during the process rather than the results, there were many things to realize and those will be tremendous help as I head forward. Rather than being known as Vancouver Olympic Champ or Sochi Silver Medallist, I just want people to know that there once was a figure skater named Kim Yuna. I think Iíll be satisfied with that.Ē