Regarding her future, Figure Queen Kim Yuna (21, korea University) says, “I think I need more time to think. This just might be the most important moment so I want to put some serious thought into it, and then make the decision.”
According to SBS, Kim Yuna recently had an interview with the producers of the SBS Special Documentary team where she said, “On the surface, it might seem like I had a long period of rest after the Olympics. But during that long period, I wasn’t at rest mentally, and I just feel like I’ve been running this race without stopping.”
"SBS Special Documentary– Kim Yuna, an Icon: The Beginning of Part II" is scheduled to be broadcasted on September 4th at 11:10 p.m.
The producers were able to hear behind-the-scenes talks from Kim on the events after the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and the IOC Meeting held in South Africa where Pyeong-Chang, South Korea won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics.
After claiming the gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Kim had to compete in the 2010 World Championships shortly after, while the other champions were enjoying their victory. In a situation where it was difficult to find the motivation to compete again, Kim had her moments of fits and complaints during the hardcore competitive training sessions.
It was the same situation all over again this year. After fighting off moments of wanting to call it quits, she pushed herself to compete at the 2011 World Championships again this year, and after placing 2nd on the podium, she showed tears of relief.
Recalling the days of training for the competition, Kim said, “I asked myself a countless number of times a day, ‘Why am I doing this? Why am I here? Why do I have to this?’ These thoughts had me fazed and there were times when I stepped out onto the rink, and I just stood there. I didn’t say anything. I didn’t cry. I just stood there like a mindless person and spent several days doing that.”
Tormented by these questions of doubts inside her head, a new opportunity arrived at the door for Kim Yuna: helping to hold the Winter Olympics in Pyeong-Chang, South Korea. As an Athlete Ambassador, Kim impressively pulled off a presentation and played a key role in winning the bid for Pyeong-Chang at the final IOC Meeting held in Durban, South Africa this past July.
Kim Yuna’s dreams are now extended out globally from the ice. One of those dreams is to establish a figure-skating rink for uprising young figure skaters of South Korea.
The producers said, “It’s going to be hard for even Kim Yuna herself to know for certain where she is headed next. Many people just want Kim Yuna to make the decision that will make her the happiest.”
◆ Translation ⓒ kindred / FEVERSKATING
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