May it be possible that Olympic Champion Yu-Na Kim will not compete in the 2011 season? According to some trusted sources, it appears that way. Sounds like she doesn't even have new competitive programs choreographed for next year, and is instead making big money from shows and sponsorships, including another possible recent one million dollar endorsement. Kim will lead the All That Skate exhibition in two weeks in her native South Korea-- a show that also features five-time World Champion Michelle Kwan. Yu-Na has announced that she will debut a new exhibition, to La Roux's Bulletproof.
Now, I realize that it is still early July and her would-be competitive season (most likely the Grand Prix) doesn't start until the end of October, which makes plenty of time for Yu-Na to get back into top shape and create new programs. But, it just doesn't sound likely. I don't know if this signifies the end of her amateur career or just a break for the season... maybe she doesn't even know.
More news on this situation as I hear it.
In other Toronto news, sounds like Americans Adam Rippon and Christina Gao are on absolute fire with their jumps. Rippon promised he would include the quad toe loop in his programs next season, and I hear it is looking great in practice. Watch out for him to go straight to the top next season-- seriously. Gao (who was 5th at US Nationals last season) also seems to be jumping well, as a source says "she's jumping even bigger than Yu-Na". Jeremy Abbott visited recently and was seen practicing his flamenco short program, and Brian Joubert is expected soon. Both skaters have spent time working with dancer Antonio Najarro in this off-season. Joubert's new free skate will be choreographed by David Wilson.
Edited to change the "a" to "another" as far as Kim's one million dollar endorsements go.