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Yuna Kim’s thoughts on the ice show: “It’s been absolutely amazing”
2014.05.07


On the night of May 6, Yuna Kim stepped away from the competitive stage at her retirement ice show, 'All That Skate 2014', held at the Seoul Olympic Gymnastics Arena.

The entire cast of All That Skate 2014 opened up the show with a group number to the last winter’s biggest hit song, “Let It Go.” Kim followed up later in the first act with a skate to her short program at the Sochi Olympics, “Send in the Clowns.” At the end of the second act, she presented the crowd with a new exhibition program to commemorate her retirement stage.

A 50-person live orchestra accompanied this year’s show, with its rich and resounding sound adding to the grandeur of the Queen’s farewell performance. Her final gala number was one used by countless figure skaters in the past, which is the very reason she decided against using it during her competitive career. In a stunning red-colored costume, Kim flawlessly skated to “Nessun Dorma," receiving a standing ovation from the crowd of 10,000. 

As the show drew to a close, Kim skated around the rink one last time while the orchestra was playing the tunes of her last competitive program music. “This is really, really the end now. It’s been absolutely amazing thanks to you. Thank you. And I love you,” she said. Quite a few in the crowd shed tears as this was the Queen's adieu stage.


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With the three-day ice show officially over, Kim met with the press with David Wilson, her choreographer, and a few other members of the cast. “I think they put together that compilation for me since this was my retirement show,” Kim conjectured about her program music the orchestra played while she was doing the last lap around the rink.  “I think this will remain a very memorable show not only for my fans, but for me personally as well,” she added.

When asked about her new exhibition program, Kim said, “It hasn’t been long since I received the program so I had to make sure I had it nailed down before the show. I think I put out all I wanted to today, and it felt really good out there when fans loved it.” She also added, “Skating along to the sound of the live orchestra made it feel even more glorious.”

“Even though this ice show marked my retirement, I had so much fun during the past three days. I was feeling a little nervous leading up to this because I wanted to be perfect, especially since this was going to be my last. But the audience was great, they were so responsive and looked like they were having so much fun out there, so I was really happy,” she said. “I just want to thank everyone who worked hard to make this happen, and I also want to thank all the skaters for enjoying the show even in the midst of a really tight schedule.”


When David Wilson, her long-time friend and choreographer, expressed how proud he was of her, it was a cue for Yuna Kim's tears which she was barely holding back. (See more on David Wilson’s interview: http://www.feverskating.com/fevers/65712420)


“I’m done with my competitive career now, I feel free. The last competition for me as a skater was the Sochi Olympics, and I was just pleased that I was able to put out everything I had long prepared.” she continued. "I really didn’t want to cry, but I saw Hae-Jin crying after the finale. I tried so hard not to cry, but so many people around me were crying and I just couldn’t hold it in anymore,” Kim said. “I think I’m crying because my life as a skater was just so long.”

When asked of the most memorable moment in her career, she answered, “Those times when I skated to my satisfaction at competitions, I think I will cherish them the most. As far as bad memories go, I've had lots of injuries and gone through lots of slumps. However, I think, because I fought really hard to get through them, I was able to come this far. They’re not pleasant memories, but I do think it will continue to shape who I am and the way I face my future.”

Even in her last departing words, a sense of composure and serenity was felt by those present in the room. “I just want to take a break now. A real break. I don’t want to rush through my decisions, and I think I need to take it slow and think carefully about what I want to do from this point on," Kim said. 


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