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YuNa announces her future plan: she will compete and retire at Sochi

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 07:09 AM

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Yu-na Targets Sochi Gold

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South Korean figure skating queen Kim Yu-na finally put an end to speculation about whether she'll retire from the sport, saying she would take another shot at Olympic gold at the Winter 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia.


PS: In fact, she didn't say either gold or podium. However, WSJ read between lines, I guess.

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 08:14 AM

SBS news

http://news.sbs.co.k..._id=N1001253676


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http://news.kbs.co.k...02/2496659.html

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 08:15 AM


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Posted 02 July 2012 - 08:43 AM

IOC rules newly motivated her. Finally, she found the motive.


According to IOC rules, she will have to participate 2014 Sochi OG to run for IOC athelete member in 2016.

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 08:53 AM

Just imagine, this time it's totally different from the last run of hers towards the Olympics. Totally different motivation, and totally different mindset. She is looking forward to skate for herself foremost, no matter the results. How amazing it's gonna be for us, and just how blessed we are!
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Posted 02 July 2012 - 09:03 AM


Here is another motive.

1. There's only 1 ticket of 2013 WC for Korea. (because Korean FS was not good in 11/12 season, and of course Yuna skipped the season.)

2, If Yuna win the National competition, Yuna can go to Canada for 2013 WC.

3, If one ranks in top 10 in 2013 WC, 2 tickets of 2014 OG for Korea.

4. If one wins silver or gold, 3 tickets of 2014 OG for Korea.


Her goal is clearly "more than two tickets"


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Posted 02 July 2012 - 09:34 AM

Very interesting Q&A !

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http://sports.chosun...cedate=20120702

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-소감을 밝혀달라

▶지난 시즌을 건너 뛰었다. 시즌이 끝난지 3개월이 흘렀다. 지난주까지 많이 고민했다. 사실 2010년 밴쿠버올림픽 금메달을 딴 이후 피겨스케이팅 선수로서 더 높은 목표를 찾기가 힘들었다. 반면 국민들의 애정과 관심은 더 커져만 갔다. 그런 애정과 관심이 큰 부담이 됐다. 벗어나고 싶었다. 대회에 출전할 수 있는 몸상태를 유지하기 위해 치열한 훈련을 해야만 하고 결과에 대한 압박감도 많았다.

쉬면서 태릉에서 후배들과 훈련을 했다. 선배와 언니로서 도움이 되기 위해 노력했다. 후바들의 모습을 보고 자극받았다. 선수 생활에 대해 고민을 많이 했다. 기대치를 낮추기로 했다. 나 자신만의 목표를 가지기로 했다.

이제 2010년 밴쿠버동계올림픽 금메달리스트가 아닌 피겨스케이팅 국가대표선수로 새출발하겠다. 2014년 소치동계올림픽에서 현역은퇴를 하겠다. 이후 IOC선수위원에 도전하겠다.

-러시아 선수들을 지켜보고 있는가 그리고 향후 훈련은

▶러시아 선수들은 김해진 등 후배들의 라이벌이다. 이미 금메달리스트이기 때문에 결과가 중요하지 않다. 올림픽본선 티켓부터 따야 한다. 국제대회에 참가해서 성적을 받은 뒤 세계피겨선수권대회에 나갈 수 있도록 하겠다.

-올해부터 대회에 나가나.

▶올시즌부터 나간다.

-코치진 구성은.

▶지난주까지 고민했다. 코치에 대한 구체적인 계획은 아직 준비되지 않았다. 안무가는 데이비드 윌슨과 함께 할 계획이다.

-현재 기량은 어느정도인가

▶밴쿠버올림픽 당시의 컨디션으로 올리기에는 몇 년이 걸릴 지 모른다. 한 시즌을 쉬었다. 감각이나 경기력은 아니다. 이제 시작해서 만들어나가야 한다. 반년보다 조금 덜 남았다. 아예 쉬었던 것은 아니다. 이제 체력 훈련과 경기력을 되찾기 위해서 훈련을 하도록 하겠다.

-새로운 목표 찾는데 동기 요인은.

▶훈련이 고되고 결과에 대한 부담감이나 여러가지 일 때문에 선수생활이 힘들었다. 한편으로는 아쉬움도 남았다. 혹시나 지금 가장 잘할 수 있는 선수 생활을 부담감 때문에 포기하면 후회할 것 같았다.

-국내선발전을 뛰어야 하는데

▶세계피겨선수권대회를 나가려면 국내대회를 거쳐야 한다. 경기 스케쥴에 맞추어서 훈련을 할 것이다.

-이번 결정이 소치올림픽 이후 IOC선수위원을 위한 것인가.

▶한가지의 이유는 아니다. IOC위원이 될 수 있는 자격을 갖추기 위해서는 소치올림픽을 참가해야 한다. 아까 말한 것처럼 선수로서의 아쉬움도 있었다. 결과에 대한 부담감때문에 포기하기에는 아쉬움도 있었다. 스스로 자신의 기대치를 낮춘다면 마음 편안히 경기를 할 수 있다고 생각했다.

-카타리나 비트와의 경쟁심의 발로였나.

▶그런 것은 없다. 내가 태어나기도 전에 뛰었던 선수다. 내 자신만의 생각이었다.

-앞으로 어떤 대회에 나설 것인가. 또 올림픽신기록을 세울 자신은.

▶지난 시즌 성적이 없어서 그랑프리 시리즈에 나설 수 없다. 이름이 있어서도 준비가 되지 않아서 나서지 않았을 것이다. ISU룰에 변화 때문에 국제대회 성적이 필요하다. 컨디션이 될 때 뛸만한 국제대회를 체크해서 참가하도록 하겠다. 밴쿠버 당시는 베스트였다. 다시 깰 수 없는 성적일 것이다. 성적에 대한 생각은 오래전에 버렸다. 잘한다기 보다는 최선을 다하겠다는 생각으로 경기에 임하겠다.

-그동안 공백 기간 중 좋았던 때와 아쉬웠던 때는.

▶시즌을 쉬면서 오랫동안 갖지 못했던 학교 생활 등 일상들을 즐겼다. 나름대로 행복했다. 미래에 대한 고민을 했다. 개인적으로는 소중한 시간들이었다.

-주변에서 조언을 해준 이는

▶주변에 그런 조언을 해주는 분들이 너무 많다. 아직 경험이 부족하다. 어려운 결정을 하기에는 어리다. 여러가지 조언들이 있었지만 결국은 내가 결정했다.

-기다려준 팬들에게

▶1시즌만 쉬었음에도 1년 넘는 기간이었다. 자주 모습을 드러냈지만 팬들은 스케이팅하는 모습을 더 좋아했다. 걱정도 하고 기대도 했다. 오래 기다리게해도 죄송하다. 다시 돌아오게 됐으니 최선을 다해서 좋은 연기를 보여주겠다.

-결정을 한 뒤 주위의 반응은

▶아는 사람이 별로 없다. 후배들도 몰랐다.

-(올댓스포츠에게)앞으로 김연아의 훈련 계획은

▶매니지먼트사로서 선수의 뜻대로 지원하고 관리할 것이다. 훈련과 관련해서는 태릉선수촌에서 계속 할 예정이다.

-공백기 기간동안 대외활동이 논란이 됐다. 이제 대외활동 계획은.

▶경기력을 향상시키기 위해서는 훈련량이 많아야 한다. 훈련이 중심이 될 것이다. 대외활동은 올댓스포츠와 상의할 것이다. (관계자)밴쿠버올림픽 당시에도 대외활동이 없었던 것이 아니다. 당시 경험에 비추어서 조율하겠다.

-후배들에게 어떤 자극을 받았나.

▶오랜 기간 외국에서 훈련하다가 태릉에서 하게 됐다. 힘든 시기를 겪고 있는 후배들을 보면서 안쓰럽기도 했다. 때로는 내가 그 나이때부다 더욱 연습을 하는 모습을 보면서 자극을 받았다. 후배들을 위해서라도 세계피겨선수권대회에 나가서 성적을 내서 출전 쿼터를 늘리겠다. 함께 나가는 추억도 만들고 싶다.

-가장 어려울 것 같은 것은

▶체력적으로 심적으로 힘들 것이다. 쉬었기에 몸이 많이 굳어있다. 공연과 경기의 몸상태는 또 다르다. 모스크바 세계피겨선수권대회를 준비하면서 겪었다. 힘들 것이다. 경기 나간지 오래 됐다. 감각을 살리는 데에 어려움이 있을 것이다.

-쉬는 동안 마음 변화는.

▶쉬는 동안 마음이 조금씩 달라졌다.

-마지막으로 한마디

▶아직 시간은 남았지만 경기하는 모습을 거의 2년만에 보여드리게 됐다. 예전 모습을 되찾기 위해 노력하겠다. 결과에 대한 부담감보다는 최선을 다하고 후회없이 경기를 해야겠다는 마음가짐으로 임하겠다. 새로운 연기와 캐릭터를 보여주기 위해 노력하겠다. 응원해주었으면 좋겠다. 오랫동안 기다려주셔서 죄송스럽다. 마음을 다잡고 열심히 하겠다.

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 09:48 AM

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 10:15 AM

WOW WOW WOW

THE BEST NEWS FOR ME TODAY!!! :respec1:

Thank you Yuna for making my day.

I will always be rooting for you. :1st:

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 10:22 AM

I just had the craziest idea. Of course the records at Nationals are unofficial for ISU records but if Yuna pulls it off at Korean Nationals, judges might go crazy and give her the scores well above the ones from Vancouver :laughing:
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Posted 02 July 2012 - 10:29 AM

I wonder who will coach her?
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Posted 02 July 2012 - 10:39 AM

View Postspiccoli, on 02 July 2012 - 10:29 AM, said:

I wonder who will coach her?


Still undecided.

Per the official statement, she's going to continue to train in Korea. Of course, she's probably going to move once she decides on the coach since I highly doubt she's going to be able to find a suitable coach in Korea. (Or ideal training environment)

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 11:07 AM

View Postfinesand, on 02 July 2012 - 09:34 AM, said:

Very interesting Q&A !

Needs translation.

http://sports.chosun...cedate=20120702



Super quick translation -- unrevised, so pardon any typos & other grammatical errors -- I'm about to go to bed now lol

I skipped the last season. It's been 3 months since the last season ended. I was considering my future until last week. It was hard to find a new goal as a figure skater after Vancouver. Meanwhile people's affection and interest grew greater. They were psychological burden that I wanted to escape from. I had to train very hard to maintain competitive condition & I felt a great deal of pressure about competition result.

During my break, I trained in Taereung with the younger skaters. I tried to be helpful as a more experienced and older skater. I felt motivated by them. I kept thinking about my competitive / athlete life. I decided to lower my expecattions. I decided to have my own personal goals, nothing more.

I will start fresh, not as a Vancouver OGM, but as a figure skater representing Korea. I'll retire after Sochi & try to be an IOC athlete member rep.

Russian skaters are Kim Hae Jin and other younger skaters' rivals. I'm already a gold medalist, so I'm not putting paramount importance on result. The priority is earning spots for Sochi. I'll try to do well in international competitions and ready for the Worlds.

I'll compete from this season.

I have no plans for coaching situation yet, since I made up my mind last week. David Wilson will choreograph my programs.

It may take years to bring my condition back up to the Vancouver level. I took a break for one season, so my competitive sensibility / mindset aren't the same. I have to start working on them now. I have less than a year left. I'll train to regain my former condition.

Because training's so hard & I felt so pressured, life as an athlete was so tough for me. OTOH I felt a bit regretful. I felt like if I retire now because of pressure I may end up regretting it later.

In order to go to the Worlds, I must go to the Nats. I'll train around competition schedules. (From the aricle, it sounded like Yuna may have to go through Regionals, etc. to qualify for the Nats)

I didn't choose to go to Sochi just for the IOC member qualification. Of course, I must compete in Sochi in order to qualify, but as I said there was a bit of regret. I thought I may be able to compete calmly if I didn't set such high expectations.

My decision has nothing to do with Katarina Witt's legacy. She competed before I was even born. It is purely my own decision.

I cannot compete in Grand Prix b/c I skipped last season. Even if I could, I wouldn't b/c I'm not ready. Due to the ISU rule change, I must do some international competitions in order to qualify. Once I'm ready, I'll look for suitable international competitions.

I was in my absolute best condition in Vancouver. The score I set there is something I'll probably never be able to break. I've stopped thinking about scores a long time ago. I plan to focus on doing my best, rather than getting good result.

I was able to enjoy school life while skipping a season. I had a good time, though I had a dilemma about my future. Personally, they were precious moments to me.

I had lots of people who advised me. I lack experience and I'm too young to make big decisions. Though there were many pieces of advice, ultimately, it was I who made the decision.

Though I was gone for 1 season, fans waited over one year. Though I had many public appearances, fans wanted to see me skate more. I'm sorry I made my fans wait so long. Now that I'm back, I'll do my best to show them good performance.

Most people didn't know after I made my decision. Other skaters didn't know either.

(ATS states it'll honor Yuna's wishes and support her. She'll continue to train at Taereung)

In order to be good at competing, you have to train a lot. My primary focus is going to be training. Other things will be done w/ consultation with ATS. (ATS says they'll use their experience w/ Vancouver to figure out the optimal non-training events that Yuna should participate in)

I felt very sorry for many of the younger skaters because they were training so hard. I was motivated to see them train even harder than me at that age. For them, I'll go to the Worlds and earn more spots. I want to create memories w/ them (going to competitions).

It's going to be very difficult physically and mentally. My body is stiff from not competing. The ice show condition and competition condition are different. I experienced the difference in Moscow (Yuna's last worlds). It's been so long since I competed, so it'll be hard to get that competition mindset back.

It's been almost 2 years since my last competition. I'll do my best to regain my former form. I'll go to each competition to do my best and perform well so I don't have any regrets, rather than pressuring myself with getting good result. I'll work to show new programs and characters. I'd love it if people can cheer for me, root for me. I'm sorry everyone had to wait so long.

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 11:22 AM

Here's a news article about it.
http://news.naver.co...e_id=0000016428
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Posted 02 July 2012 - 11:32 AM

thank, nadia for wonderful translation!

I still can't believe this, my body keeps shaking, i'm over excited now and even feel sick a little bit. can't belive this!!! What a brave, strong, and wise girl she is! I'm just so grateful for her decision. Thanks, Yuna!!! :heart:

Icenetwork news: pretty much same, tho
Kim announces return to competitive skating

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How will Yuna Kim's return to competition go?

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 11:58 AM

Wow, thank you sincrely Nadia! Yuna's words enlightens things way better!
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Posted 02 July 2012 - 12:36 PM

View PostNadia, on 02 July 2012 - 11:07 AM, said:


I felt very sorry for many of the younger skaters because they were training so hard. I was motivated to see them train even harder than me at that age. For them, I'll go to the Worlds and earn more spots. I want to create memories w/ them (going to competitions).



Wow, this young lady is a grown-up now showing the leadership as well as beautiful mind.
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Posted 02 July 2012 - 12:56 PM

I admit I'm pleasantly surprised. Was expecting her to retire from competition and hoping she would continue in shows. It sounds like this is what she wants, so if she can compete for the pleasure of skating, then she should go for it. And someone please tell her, she does not have to apologize to her fans for anything.

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 02:04 PM

This is... wow, this is just wow. Way beyond my expectations. I've been prepping myself for a while to hear news of retirement from Yu-na so to hear her state and in so definitive a fashion that yes, she will compete up 'till Sochi is just amazing. She's got an uphill battle but I'll be cheering for her every step of the way! Hwaiting Yu-na!

On a side note, fingers crossed that not only will she compete, but she'll keep "Arirang" as her long. I mean we only got to see it what, three times after Worlds 2011? And she did state in an interview she'll perform it many more times... please do fulfill that Yu-na!

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