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Kim Yuna “I feel that jumping has now become comfortable” 

Yonhap News | 2013.03.17 | Shin Chang-Yong



Kim Yuna won the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships that was held at the Budwiser Gardens in London, Ontario of Canada.

Kim took the gold with a total score of 218.31 and during the press conference, mentioned that she was not expecting such a high score.


“I did the best I could do in the free skate and I gave it my 100%. So I was hoping for a good score but I did not expect such a high score,” said Kim. 


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“While I was preparing for this season, I felt that jumping had become comfortable. I’m not stressed out about jumping and I think that because my technical elements have become stabilized I have made fewer mistakes,” replied Kim when commented that her jumps seem to have become even better this season.


“I think I was able to skate clean today because I hardly made mistakes on my jumps during practices,” answered Kim.  


Kim said that the results at the 2014 Sochi Olympics will be determined on how hard one trains. She added that if you work hard the results will follow naturally. 


“Let’s say you give it your all in training and also at the actual competition. If good results follow, that would be great. But if those thoughts start to burden you it becomes a stressor. I try to do my best but remain lighthearted at the same time,” said Kim. 


The following is the question and answer session. 




Q: How do you feel?

Kim: It’s been a long time since I’ve competed at such a big competition. Unlike the short program, I was really nervous during the 6minute warm-up before the free program. But since I was the 6th and last skater of the final flight, I was able to calm by nerves during the wait. I’m delgighted that I was able to skate clean both of my programs.  



Q: You’ve gotten good results at this event. 

Kim: I’ve been competing at Worlds since 2007. I have good memories and bad ones as well of the event. This will be the last Worlds I will compete in and I am happy to have ended it with good results. 



Q: Didn’t you feel pressure when you returned to the ice?

Kim: I actually felt more lighthearted than I felt before and during the Olympic season, while I was preparing to return this season. I vowed that I would not be overburdened by pressure and not fixate on the results. Training was hard but I was able to prepare with a much more lighter heart. I think that was the difference. 



Q: To you correspond with Michelle Kwan often?

Kim: We don’t correspond often but we talked when Michelle came to Korea for the Special Olympics.



Q: What did it feel like hearing the national anthem?

Kim: At first I thought it was just from a music player. But then I looked at the big screen and saw that people were actually singing it. I was really surprised because I had never seen it done this way before. I think it was really touching to see foreigners singing in Korean. 



Q: Did you predict that you would get a high score? 

Kim: I did the best I could do in the free skate and I gave it my 100%. So I was hoping for a good score but I did not expect such a high score.



Q: It looked as if you were on the verge of tears.

Kim: I wasn’t but it might have looked that way. I think I was surprised that I was able to pull everything off at the actual competition without mistakes. I was relieved that everything was finished, not close to tears. 



Q: What do you think the results will be at the Olympics?

Kim: When I came back to competitive ice, I decided to lessen the pressure during practice and also competition. But since I’m human, I wanted more. As I skated well in practice, I wanted to skate well in actual competitions as well. But let’s say you give it your all in training and also at the actual competition. If good results follow, that would be great. But if those thoughts start to burden you it becomes a stressor. I try to do my best but remain lighthearted at the same time,




Q: This was your first major competition in 20 months and yet won with a big lead. What do you think the gap will be in Sochi?

Kim: There are a lot of different sized events and the judges tend to be different each time so it’s hard to tell. I’m not going to be the only skater who will work hard for the Olympics. Everyone will be training hard so the results will depend on the physical and mental condition of the skaters on the actual day of the competition. So I cannot say for sure that I will be in first place. I may end up behind other skaters. I don’t think it’s possible to predict what the scores will be like in detail. 



Q: How do you feel having skated clean your free program?

Kim: I haven’t been able to have clean free skate after my senior debut. I was able to build my confidence after I skated clean at Korean Nationals. It’s difficult to skate clean in the free skate partly due to the fact that it requires a lot of stamina, but I think the experience will help my confidence in future competitions. 




Q: What’s the secret of stabilizing your jumps?

Kim: While I was preparing for this season, I felt that jumping had become comfortable. I made fewer mistakes. Jumping to the music is no longer a burden. I think that because my technical elements have become stabilized I have made fewer mistakes. I think I was able to skate clean today because I hardly made mistakes on my jumps during practices.




Q: Your free skating program was finished in October. Weren’t you short on time? 

Kim: I did get my program rather late. But since I really liked the music and choreography, I think I was able to learn it quickly. I enjoyed the program even more because a lot of people liked the program as well. 




Q: How did it feel like, standing on top of the podium at Worlds? 

Kim: I’ve competed at Worlds since 2007. I think that I was even happier that I won with two clean programs at Worlds. I have taken time off and it’s been a while since I last competed at Worlds, and to have gotten good results at my final Worlds added the joy. I think these Worlds will a competition that will remain in my heart as the happiest Worlds in my heart. 




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