Saturday, March 27

Word on the Street RE: Yu-na Kim in Torino

I've heard from a few competitors in Torino that Yu-na Kim did not want to skate in these World Championships, but her federation told her that she had to take part. Of course, the short program problems she attributes to her left foot shaking, but may it actually be that she wasn't fully prepared and planned on just ending her season in Vancouver? Not that a silver medal is a bad thing (nor is winning the long program, obviously), but I'd imagine that if she just really got back into training seriously a week ago as she mentioned in an interview, that there might be some truth behind the gossip.

Yu-na has had a long year, and I'm sure it got even crazier after her Olympic gold medal. If she needed a break, she should have been allowed to have one. Not earning the World title in an Olympic year isn't the end of the world.


kortney said...

Makes sense that they made her participate though - even a terrible Yuna would qualify two spots for Korea next year - a terrific Kwak wouldn't/couldn't do that even!!!

Tony said...

If Kwak skated a clean short, she probably had a decent chance. I have a feeling Orser is taking her back to the basics though, because she really struggled with rotating her jumps here..

Anonymous said...

Tony, you know Korea Fed. needs her. They retained those precious 2 Spot thanks to her, right? With only 1 spot and if Yuna do decide to continue, there would be no chance for Korea's young skaters.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I guess that much by looking at her face. She didn't have the usual fire or competitiveness she brings to other competitions, even at a grand prix.

In articles before WC, Orser said she didn't have motivation and struggled to get back into the motions.

It sucks she was forced to go to a competition she didn't want to be there for.

Kay said...

I think I read this somewhere before.
When she and her team decided not to compete in the 4CC, the Korean federation promised to send Yuna to the World Championships in Torino.
So she won't be punished for skipping the 4CC in Korea by ISU.
I don't know if this is really true, but makes sense since they announced a lot earlier that Yuna would compete in Torino.

Anonymous said...

Am I missing something? Nobody held a gun to her head and forced her to compete.

Anonymous said...

Am I missing something? Nobody held a gun to her head and forced her to compete.