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[KBS NEWS] 2013 World Figure Skating Championships mixed zone interview with the champion, Kim Yuna

KBS News | 2013.03.18


‘Figure Queen’ Kim Yuna won the gold medal at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships, regaining the title in 4 years. 

This is Kim’s interview in the mixed zone following her win with a flawless skate after being away from the ice for two years.





Q: How do you feel about winning the Worlds?

Kim: I think I was able to calm my nerves while waiting for my turn.
Um…I had a lot of clean run-throughs during the practice sessions, and (when it comes to competitions) I knew that either I would do really well or even not so well, but I do remember thinking that I would probably feel a bit upset if didn’t do well. 
I kept telling myself that even if I did make mistakes, I should just shrug it off and be ok with it because it’s been a while since I skated at the Worlds. 
But I ended up skating without any mistakes, just as I had been doing during the practices, so I was really truly happy and relieved as well. 






Q: Your score was the second highest score in history. What are your thoughts on that?

Kim: This was the second time that I performed two clean programs since my senior debut. 
Both times were in Canada so I'm thinking I must have some special kind of connection with Canada. 
So there was that, and I was very happy about receiving such a high score.  But then again, different judges at different competitions hold different standards for giving those points, so even if I do well again in the next competition, I may get a different kind of score.  So I don't dwell on the scores too much. 
Above all, I’m just happy that I was able to skate well today.





Q: What were the thoughts running through your head after the whole competition ended?

Kim: Well, other than ice-shows, it's been awhile since I've skated in front of such a big crowd like this. 
So when it was over, well, I had skated well and so that (thought) was there.  
And I remember listening to the sound of the audience and thinking, 'Wow, it's been a long time.'
But I think the very first thought that came to mind was, 'Ah, that was good. No mistakes.' 
I guess those were the thoughts that were running through my head.  I don't think I was on the verge of tears or anything.





Q: You mentioned that this may be your last World Championships.

Kim: I've always felt like the World Championships and I weren't meant for each other.  
2007 was the first one I competed in, and there had been so many times when I just couldn't properly train for them because of injuries. 
So… I have a lot of bad memories of the Worlds, as well as good ones. 
But I’m just so happy that I was able to bring it all to a closure with such a good experience here. 





Q: Does your win here give you any confidence heading into the Olympics?

Kim: Even before the Vancouver Olympics, I heard a lot about the superstition of the reigning World champion not being able to win the gold at the Olympics. But I think I already broke that jinx myself. And coincidentally, I won the World Championships here again heading into the Olympics, so instead of feeling pressured like I did back then, I actually feel more confident. It's also a good thing that I have the Olympic experience on my back now, so I think I'll be able to skate again at the Olympics without feeling the nerves. 






Q: How do you feel about securing three spots for the Olympics?

Kim: Well, I needed to place at least in second in order to win those three spots for Korea, and even though I had the confidence to win those three tickets, you never know how things will turn out so I told the other skaters that I'll try to come back with at least two. 
So, well, I don't know. I guess they're excited back in Korea..right? 
But now that we have three tickets, the competition is going to be really intense and they're going to have to train really hard for those remaining two spots. 
And it also means that as long as they earn those mandatory technical scores, three of them will be able to compete at the next World Championships. 
So I think that is meaningful as well. 
“So…um… work hard, guys!” 


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