Kim Yuna Returns to Competition Next Week
Joong-Ang Ilbo | Kim Ji-Han | 2013.11.29
‘Figure Queen’ Kim Yuna returns next week and her return is expected to grasp the attention of the figure skating world.
Kim will compete at the Golden Spin of Zagreb in Zagreb, Croatia which starts on December 5.
The Golden Spin will be the last competition before the Sochi Winter Olympics which will be held in February.
Kim will reveal her final programs as a competitive skater at the Golden Spin, the programs she will be skating to at the Sochi Olympics.
Skating experts who watched Kim train were in agreement that Kim’s new programs were the ‘best’ of all her former programs.
All the elements, both technical and artistic impression, “couldn’t be more perfect”, they said.
Kim has selected a lyrical musical piece, ‘Send in the Clowns’ for her short program and a passionate tango, ‘Adios Nonino’ for her free program.
“(Kim’s) Last season’s programs were considered the best of her programs but her new programs are even better than the last,” said Ko Sung-Hee,
director of Gyeong-gi region at the Korea Skating Union(KSU), who is also the only Korean judge at the Women’s single event at the Sochi Olympics.
“The technical elements are consisted of the most difficult ones. And I don’t think you could have a higher level of difficulty on her jumps and spins.
If combined with Kim’s expressiveness and costumes, I believe that the programs will be even more spectacular,” Ko said.
“Everyone will be surprised that the (new) programs are even better than (Kim’s) former ones.
The programs are very difficult, but Kim has made the programs into her own within a short period of time. Kim’s expressiveness especially stands out.
Just like at the Vancouver Olympics, people will think of Kim Yuna when they hear the music of Kim’s new programs,”
said Jung Jae-Eun, KSU judges director.
Kim has mentioned the difficulty of her free programs in previous interviews.
“It is physically exhausting because the music tempo is fast. I think it will take more time to truly skate the program perfectly,”
said Kim in an interview on October 30th. Kim suffered a micro-fracture injury to her left metatarsal while she was training hard to perfect her programs.
Luckily, Kim recovered from her injury early this month without any aftereffects.
Since she was not able to train full time for a while, she is training hard, 6 times a week, 6 to 7 hours a day.
“Even though Kim trains alongside young skaters she is the last to leave. Sometimes she trains until the ice rink lights go off.
It shows how determined and serious she is (about preparing for competition),” said KSU director Kim Kook-Jin, who watched Kim train.
The focal point will be whether or not Kim has regained her ‘touch’ for competitions.
“It needs to be regarded as a process leading up to the Games next year.
It is important not to get injured again since it hasn’t been long since she has recovered from her injury,” said Ko.
“Even though Kim has recently recovered from her injury, she is not planning to lower the level of her programs,”
said a representative from All That Sports, Kim’s management.
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