In the Yuna Talks

To. Yuna

  •   For Me, Yuna Kim – it all: and Korea, and Sport, and Love!
  •   Yuna, thank you so much. I think I will re-live your entire life and journey as a skater for so many times in the future to inspire me. It is such a beautiful memory to watch your competition as a fan.
  •   Dear. Yuna Hi There! My name is Jonh Joseph Villaruel from Southeast Asia Philippines. Although the gold medal is in the hands of Adelina Sotnikova, it will never be for a long time. Because it was not the result of hard work but of politics in figure skating. What makes you, Kim Yuna, above Adelina Sotnikova is that whether you have that gold medal or not you will always be the “Ice Queen” and that “Crown” is solely yours. They will have to abolish the figure skating world before they could take away everything. As long as there is figure…
  •   Hi there Kim Yuna! My name is Jonh Joseph Villaruel from Philippines. My first name is really spelled this way “Jonh”. It was a typographical error in my birth certificate. At first I really hate my name because I know its misspelled. So what I did during my academic years, I would always spell my first name as “John” to make it right. However, when I was in college and I was already a graduating student at that those times, I just simply discovered that it was expensive to legally re-arrange my name. Since my family did not have enough…
  •   Dear Yuna, i pray that you continue to stay strong in everything that you do. May you find yet another dream that you can put your heart and soul into. I am sorry that there are evil people in the world who are so selfish, corrupt and have zero morals, who would do anything in their power to get what they want. Just remember, there is a God in heaven and HE SEES ALL.
  •   HE sees the good and evil in everyone, so although it may be painful and difficult, rest in the fact that there will be a day of reckoning for all of us. I have been your fan for several years now, and as you can probably tell, i am more upset with all of this than you are. And that is one of the things that makes you the most admirable among so many others.
  •   You have such a good heart and that is the BEST part of you. Nurture that heart coz that is what REALLY matters. Continue to not hold any bitterness towards anyone. Just leave that to us, fans… hahaha.. Stay as loving, kind, humble, meek and compassionate as you are, because in the end Yuna, that is all we will be accounted for.
  •   Thank you for staying strong and courageous throughout this whole journey. To the very end, you acted like the TRUE CHAMPION that you are. You are undeniably the best role figure any aspiring athlete could have. May you continue to shine in everything that you put mind into. We will always be here behind you, backing you up in prayers and support in any way we can. All the best, our dear Yuna. You will always be loved. – smitten
  •   Friends, fans of Kim Yuna! I signed the petition to protect the Queen! Subscribe and you! Click on this link: https://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/ioc-and-isu-for-overlooking-lobbying-corrupt-sponsorships-and-favoured-judging-apologize-and-give-yuna-kim-the-gold-medal-back-purify-isu-judging-system-and-and-give-everyone-solemn-words-that-isu-will-not-be-affected-by-sponsorship-and-lobbying-for-#
  •   Feliz día internacional de la mujer Yuna Kim. Happy international woman’s day Yuna Kim
  •   Stay simple and happy!! We love you for it! Soar high, Yuna!!
  •   Your legacy will surely live on in the hearts of those whom you have touched!! You will be remembered for a very LONG, LONG time…
  •   The world will never see another skater like you. You only come ONCE in history, Yuna. Thank you for making your life count!
  •   May you continue to use your influence to help the plight of the poor and underprivileged. You are TRULY a gift, not only to Korea, but to humanity as a whole..
  •   Thank you for all the sacrifice you did not only for your country but for the young korean skaters who look up to you so highly. They are blessed to have a friend/older sister like you. Your efforts will never be in vain, Yuna! Thank you!
  •   Enjoy the bright future ahead!! Thank you for the privilege of witnessing you through your journey. You are one of the BEST CHAMPIONS this world has ever seen and NOBODY can change that!!
  •   Dear Yuna, i pray that you continue to stay strong in everything that you do. May you find yet another dream that you can put your heart and soul into. I am sorry that there are evil people in the world who are so selfish, corrupt and have zero morals, who would do anything in their power to get what they want. Just remember, there is a God in heaven and HE SEES ALL. HE sees the good and evil in everyone, so although it may be painful and difficult, rest in the fact that there will be a day…
  •   Дорогие друзья! Я внес фото видео, которые уже стали историей! Историей маленькой девочки, которая покорила весь мир и наши сердца! Маленькая девочка, которая отдала спорту 18 лет своей жизни! Девочка, которую мы любим! Эта девочка подарила нам минуты, часы и годы радости, волнения, тепла и счастья! За свою спортивную карьеру она покорила четыре главнее вершины фигурного катания, которые хотят завоевать все, но удалось лишь нашей девочке! Это Олимпиада, это Чемпионат Мира, это Турнир 4 континентов, это Финал Гран-При! И только этой маленькой девочке удалось покорить 4 главные вершины спорта! И конечно Чемпионат Республики Корея! Она единственная спортсменка, которая занимала призовые…
  •   THANK YOU KIM YUNA! You are A GREAT SOURCE OF INSPIRATION, a LADY of DEEP HUMILITY and AN UNENDING GRACE IN EVERYTHING THAT YOU DO. You are a WONDERFUL HUMAN BEING WITH A HEART OF GOLD! The unfortunate will always have an ANGEL to lean upon. For such a young lady who accomplished so much in a short period of time in both sport and humanitarian endeavors, you are indeed A GIFT TO MANKIND. THANK YOU KIM YUNA, for the MEMORIES OF YOUR BRILLIANCE, YOU ARE A BEAUTIFUL AND HUMBLE STAR FOR ALL TIMES. ALL THE BEST TO YOUR NEW…
  •   Yuna, thank you for being my inspiration. You are truly the Queen. Congratulations for winning silver! But in our hearts, you will always be our Gold. Saranghaeyo Yuna Kim~ Hwaiting! You’ve made as all proud. History in the making, forever our Queen.
  •   Congrats again Yuna!!! You cleaned Both times in Two Olympics!!!
  •   Congrats to Yuna!!! the world’s first All Podiums !!! @ㅁ@
  •   Yuna, tu siempre estarás en mi corazón y en mi alma, estoy muy orgulloso de tí, no tengo palabras para describir tu último programa competitivo, eres una gran inspiración para muchos de los patinadores e incluso fuera del patinaje artístico porque tienes un gran espiritu de humildad y un gran corazón. Que Dios te bendiga en toda las decisiones que hagas, también en los caminos que tomes, siempre serás la campeona Olimpica y del mundo también. Muchas felicidades Yuna Kim, siempre seré tu fan dentro o fuera del hielo, saludos desde México. -Jorg Alain B.R.
  •   Yuna, in our hearts, you will always be the Gold Medalist regardless of what scores those judges gave you. We are ENORMOUSLY proud and THANKFUL of you. Thank you for doing what you did, when you could have just rested and lived a comfortable life the past few years. Thank you for coming back to skate for you and for the next generation of skaters in Korea.
  •   You will always be the greatest CHAMPION i have ever known in and out of ANY sport. God bless you and all your future undertakings. We will always be SO PROUD of you. THANK YOU.
  •   Yuna, you are the greatest figure skater in the world!!!!! Winning is not everything for me. It’s your magnificent performance that matters to me. A true champion with a beautiful soul—– YUNA KIM!!!! We love you Queen Yuna!
  •   Regardless of the Olympics outcome, no discussion of Figure Skating will ever be complete without Yuna. Forever the gold standard.
  •   Yuna i love you and very very very thanks ♥ Amazing SP and FS you did In Turkey my family and i always support you and thanks again )
  •   Congrats to our queen Yuna!!!!
  •   Thank you Yuna for the amazing performances!!!! <3<3<3

Yuna Kim Appointed as Goodwill Ambassador for the 3rd Congress of the World Conference on Constitutional Justice (WCCJ)

Yuna Kim photoshoot for Elle magazine

 

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Kazakhstan’s Denis Ten teams up with Yuna Kim’s All That Sports

Kazakhstan's figure skater Denis Ten has officially announced his cooperation with well-known All That Sports specializing in athlete management. It is founded by one the brightest stars of figure skating Yuna Kim and her mother.
"Hope for fruitful cooperation full of great moments," his message posted on his Instagram page reads. 

http://www.inform.kz/eng/article/2688689

 

Congratulations! Denis Ten.

Yuna Kim interview published in the L’Osservatore Romano, daily newspaper of Vatican City State

Robert Thaves, an American cartoonist, once said of Fred Astaire: “he is indeed very talented, but don’t forget that Ginger Rogers did everything that he did but in reverse and on stiletto heels”. The same might be said of figure skating champions with all their acrobatics, pirouettes and turns performed on a vast carpet of ice, clad in stiff boots and striving to keep perfect balance on thin steel blades. Yuna Kim, the 23-year-old South Korean young woman who is a figure skating champion of South Korea, was world champion in 2009 and in 2013, winning a gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver in 2010. She came second in the recent Olympics at Sochi. Figure skating is one the rare sports in which the skater is not judged solely for speed or technical prowess. And Yuna Kim is the Ginger Rogers of this sport. Her choreographies seem caresses in the wind. 

Yuna also accepts defeat elegantly: everyone expected of her declarations, if not a furious outburst – or at least incredulity – when the Olympic medal at Sochi went to Russia’s idol, Adelina Sotnikova, through a disputable verdict of the judges. But she gave no sign of them. “I did my best”, she said when we met her in the sports studio she runs in the heart of the Gangnam district, “and I don’t blame anyone. The classification I received was what I deserved”.

The modesty and sobriety with which this Korean young woman confronts events is redolent of ancient Oriental practices. Yet Yuna is a Catholic.

But let’s start at the beginning. When did you put on skates for the first time?

I was five years old and for 17 years my mother kept me going in my training, wherever I went. Without her presence and support I should have never have achieved what I have. This is also because a good teacher costs a lot and the expenses of staying abroad must be covered. I started to skate with my sister for fun, I was five and it was the teacher I had then who told my mother that I had a good potential. However, to develop this potential I had to devote at least seven hours a day to this sport; in that period I didn’t even manage to go to my lessons at school and the only friends I had were my skating companions.

When was your faith born?

I had an injury, indeed a series of injuries, starting in 2006, which obliged me to be in and out of hospital. In hospital I had a providential encounter with some Catholic doctors with whom I established a trusting relationship. They quoted sentences to me from the Bible and the New Testament, to keep up my morale and to comfort me, and all this was a great help in overcoming the psychological problems I had due to my continuous relapses after my injury.

What did you find striking in these doctors’ words?

I would say that what impressed me most was that they were not trying to convert me. Theirs was a disinterested act for a girl who was going through a difficult time in her life and in her professional career; they sought to give me the best possible advice in accordance with their vision of the world. Gradually, won over by their approach and their words of comfort, I started to reflect on the faith. It was 2008. I was 18 years old.

How did things go?

It was the hardest time in my life and also for my mother, who had made so many efforts for me and for my success, and I was in a critical situation in which there seemed to be no light at the end of the tunnel. My back problems had been recurring for two years, it seemed as though I would have them for ever. At a certain point you find yourself at a crossroads. You ask yourself if it is really worth going ahead and, if it is, where you can find the strength to continue to hope. I needed to be able to count on something or someone. Faith in Catholicism gave me all this. For me it was a completely unknown path. Neither my mother nor my father was a believer. But in hospital I met Fr Lee. He was not merely the clinic’s priest but he himself was also a patient at that time and a common destiny seemed to create a certain bond between us. After meeting Fr Lee I began to understand more in detail the fundamental teachings of Catholicism; he gave me private lessons on the Bible and on the Gospels, in short he introduced me to the faith: hence my decision to be baptized with my mother. That was 24 May, six years ago.

Can possessing a deep faith also, involuntarily, become an advantage for attaining success in a sport?

I can’t speak for others. With regard to my own situation it was a great help to me in dealing with my injuries but it also gave me the mental ability to face pressure from the media and from critics. Today, thanks to taking this path of faith, I am better able to accept a failure.

Do you pray before every competition?

I pray every time, before every competition and during it. It is a way of showing God my gratitude for everything that life has given me. Today more than previously, I appreciate the value of a good physical condition, because I know that it may only be temporary, and the same thing happens in failures: the world doesn’t come to an end if you don’t win a competition, there’s a remedy for everything. Then if you never seem to find the remedy, well, that’s just God’s will; but you should never give up hope.

At the London Olympics the fencer Shin A-lam – also Korean – lost in the semi-final: as a protest against the judge’s decision she refused to come down from the platform. She had to be carried out by the general secretary of the International Fencing Federation. Have you ever reacted like that to a defeat?

No, never. But everyone reacts to defeats in a very personal way. I do not feel like judging anyone.

You always wear a ring in the shape of a rosary. Does it give you a sense of security?

Yes, I remember that God is with me at every moment and this gives me great strength.

The Pope is about to arrive in Korea and it is likely that you’ll be able to meet him. Is there any question you’d like to ask him?

It is very important for an athlete to keep in excellent psychological and physical form. I’d like to ask the Pope whether he believes that a believer should also keep in good shape, psychologically and physically.

If you were to describe Korea to Pope Francis what would you tell him?

I think I would talk to him about our word jeong. It has a meaning generally very broad, it signifies human affection, a connection between people. It becomes essentially obvious in special circumstances. For example we saw it after the accident of the Sewol ferry which caused the death of a large number of young students. During particularly tragic events but also, on the contrary, in the most joyful events, Koreans are inclined to show solidarity in the sentiment of suffering and bereavement and indeed of joy. In short it is a very effective way of living out suffering that doesn’t stay locked up in each person’s individual awareness but, rather, is shared with everyone. Another instance in which jeong was particularly visible was during the economic crisis of 1997, when three and a half million Koreans donated hundreds of tons of gold to the country in order to halt the crisis. I think that the first time an individual is exposed to the experience of jeong is when a child is carried in his mother’s arms. Then, little by little, as that experience of jeong increases it will be extended to include all the other basic relationships, with the father, with the brothers and sisters and with the members of the community.

Koreans often say that life in the West is lacking in “jeong”.

Koreans are certainly able to face life’s difficult moments together. And this may be something that is lacking in the West which is traditionally more individualistic.

Are you happy when you’re skating?

It’s my job, I can’t say whether I am happy or not. However, when I was little I certainly had more fun (she laughs). Today my amusement is to teach all that I’ve learned to the new generations.

As well as being elegant, Kim Yuna is very modest: in fact she does far more than teach skating to the young. Already in 2007 she had begun her philanthropic activity, donating millions of dollars for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in the Philippines and for those of the tsunami in Japan in 2011, and to support the survivors and families of the victims of the Sewol ferry tragedy. However, perhaps remembering the Gospel saying: “do not sound the trumpet when you give alms”, she preferred to keep quiet about it. And this, in a world of VIPs who do nothing other than publicize themselves wildly to get a wretched handful of extra retweets, does her great honour.

English version http://www.osservatoreromano.va/en/news/caresses-wind

Original source http://vaticanresources.s3.amazonaws.com/pdf/QUO_2014_184_1308.pdf

[Forbes] Yuna Kim ranks No.4 on list of The World’s Highest-Paid Female Athletes 2014

Kim Yuna is the top-paid female athlete outside the world of tennis. The figure skating star banked an estimated $16.3 million and ranks fourth overall. She won a silver medal at the Sochi Olympics in February, although many felt she deserved the gold in ladies’ singles. The Olympics marked the end of Queen Yuna’s competitive skating career. Her 2010 Olympic gold medal performance set a scoring record for the sport, and she never finished off the podium in a competition during her career. Kim launched a figure skating show, All That Skate, in 2010 and tickets for this year’s three day event in May featuring Kim sold out in 30 minutes. Kim continues to be an endorsement star and is one of the biggest celebrities in South Korea. She added a deal with SK Telecom this year and has more than a dozen corporate partners.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtbadenhausen/2014/08/12/the-worlds-highest-paid-female-athletes-2014/

Prospecs launches new sneakers ‘The Queen’s Collection’ with Yuna Kim

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[KBS] Who makes the queen Yuna await? – Yuna Kim’s welcome message to Pope Francis

Pope Francis will visit South Korea from August 14 to August 18 on the occasion of the Sixth Asian Youth Day.

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