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2011 Dong-A Ilbo: 100 people who will light up Korea in the next 10 years

Who will be the ones who will light up Korea in the next ten years? Dong-A Ilbo, will try to satisfy this curiosity. 
We selected 100 people who challenge themselves, who put things into action, who are creative, and those who will open up the future.
This is our second Dong-A 100 selection, the first being in 2010.
If you click on the pictures you will be able to see each person’s vision of themselves 10 years later, their heroes, and how they nurtured their principles.

[Note: Dong-A Ilbo is one of the three major Korean newspapers.]



1631213B4D977D3117C070   Fields
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   □ Pioneers with Dreams >
   □ Creative Souls >
   □ Leaders to Open the Future >
   □ Businesspeople up for Challenges >
   □ Intellectuals in Action >





 





















Creative Souls 
(Culture/Arts/Sports)
In the age of culture we need to think out of the box.
The new era is for those who are unreserved in the way they think and for those who seek out ‘the road not taken’.


1105D9474D97821123EB7A   Yuna Kim (Born 1990) Figure Skater
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     Reason for recommendation
   
Yuna Kim lived up to her reputation as the ‘Figure Queen’ by winning the gold medal and the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics at the age of 20.
    It was not only her innate talent but also her extreme hard work that sat her on the empress’s throne.
    Her diligence in steadily climbing each step to her dreams ever since her first international win at the Triglav Trophy in 2002, was highly appraised.
    Many predict that she will continue to elevate Korea even after she retires, regardless of what field she decides to pursue.


 

Me and my field 10 years later
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 Me and my field 10 years later
 I think in 10 years time there will be more ice rinks in Korea and there will be a better training environment for figure skaters.
Korean figure skating has developed and has a lot of potential but reality is that it lacks infrastructure when compared with other countries.
I hope that 10 years from now there will be training facilities for athletes; where it is warm so that skaters will not have to suffer as many injuries,
and won’t have to be stressed out about ice time. And as a result of this, skating skills will be enhanced to a surprising level.
I think I’ll still be skating on the ice 10 years from now. I want to communicate with many more people through figure skating and performances.


  



 My role model
 
When I was little, my idol was figure skater Michelle Kwan. Her performance at the 1996 Nagano Winter Olympics inspired me.
I watched Michelle’s performance hundreds of times and I would imitate her expressions and sometimes try out my own versions.
I was deeply impressed by her incredible talent and her devotion for figure skating.
I always admired the way she would captivate the audience with her charismatic performances, and how seriously she took figure skating.
I also respect Michelle for her devotion and hard work in another field, walking toward a new chapter in her life after her skating career. 


 



 The things I’ve learned, the things I wish to learn
 I’ve always been taught that the basics were important. Jumps are an important element of figure skating.
In order to execute passionate choreography while doing beautiful jumps, it is very important that you have good basics.
Although it’s been 12 years since I’ve started skating, I always do my on-ice training in the same order and method.
If you underestimate the importance of practicing the basics because it’s too easy or because you’re just sick and tired of them,
your beautiful jumps will disappear and you’ll be left with a mess.
I think the easiest, yet at the same time most difficult, thing is adhering to the fundamentals.


 
 


 Defining moment in my life
 During the last 12 years as an athlete I suffered from endless injuries.
Falling on the ice thousands of times, and ankles becoming crooked because of the hard boots gradually lead to injuries.
There were serious injuries that could have stopped me from skating but at each crucial moment there was something that helped me battle through it ?
My strong will to achieve my dreams, and my love for figure skating. 
Everyone has their own goal or dream. But there aren’t that many people who have that strong will and endless perseverance to make that dream come true.
I think that the only way you can make your dreams become reality is to have determination, faith, tenacity, and to work hard.

 

 


 The rock that holds you steady during times of despair
 “Myself, because I’m skating for myself”
There always comes a moment when you become mentally drained.
Even if you are physically prepared you cannot do a successful triple jump if you are not mentally prepared ? that is figure skating.
When I find myself mentally drained I ask myself ‘Who am I skating for?’ The answer is always the same ‘Myself!
I think that when you know what you truly want, that helps you endure all the hardships and adversities.
This helps you to keep yourself steady and continue on the path that leads to your dreams.

 


 

 Things that I’ll never do
 
If there is one thing that I wish from myself is to always be “humble”.
During the 12 years as an athlete, I’ve lead a pretty successful life as a figure skater.
My goal is to never forget to be humble so that I will not lose all the things I’ve achieved after all that hard work for a mistake made in a spilt of a second.
I will strive to never become a person who is always greedy to have more than what they already have.


■ The Original:
http://www.donga.com/news/100people/2011/
■ Translation ⓒ abyss/ FEVERSKATING





■ Yuna Kim’s official website: http://www.yunakim.com

■ Yuna Kim’s official Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/yunakim

■ Yuna Kim Fan Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Yu-Na-Kim/53417067377

■ Yuna Kim Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Yu-Na

■ Fan channel : http://www.youtube.com/FeversForum

■ YuNaTube on Android Market :
http://market.android.com/details?id=com.paulshin.yunatube

 

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