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NEW YORK, Sept. 15 (Yonhap) — After focusing on efforts to help South Korea's alpine city of PyeongChang become the host of the 2018 Winter Olympics, Kim Yu-na of South Korea, an international figure skating star, said Thursday she would step up charitable activities for the rest of the year."I would like to increase UNICEF activities in the latter part of this year," Kim told reporters at the U.N.'s annual event to ring the symbolic Peace Bell here. The 21-year-old South Korean is the reigning world's female figure skating champion and also serves as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.Kim was attending the event, joined by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, other U.N. officials and goodwill ambassadors of the other U.N. agencies.She said she would not become a nominal goodwill ambassador, expressing her willingness to lend actual help to children in need around the world."Since I am still an athlete, I first want to help other athletes," Kim said. "I would like to encourage young athletes, even with pep talks."Asked about her various activities, she said she still feels most comfortable on ice."I feel awkward and find myself in difficulty attending other official events," she said.A member of the PyeongChang athletes commission, Kim made an impressive presentation at a session of the International Olympic Committee in Durban, South Africa, in July on the city's plan and vision for the 2018 Games.
Kim Yu-na speaks to Korean media after an announcement that Los Angeles will host the 2015 Special Olympics at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday. / Yonhap
Figure skating star Kim Yu-na has yet to make a decision on whether to appear at this season’s ISU Figure Skating World Championships.
“I haven’t made a decision,” Kim said Wednesday in Los Angeles. The Korean figure skating queen made the statement as she visited the Staples Center, as it was announced that the “City of Angels” will be the host city for the 2015 Special Olympics. Kim is a global ambassador for the Special Olympics.
When asked about her current condition Kim said, “I am in good form. I don’t feel any pain right now. I have skated two or three hours every day.” But she also mentioned she is not sure of participating in the worlds in France in March.
“If my mind is ready for the worlds, and my body is in good shape, I will decide then.”
“For athletes to appear in competitions, they should have goals first. And they need to prepare strong and eager.
“Usually when I keep on training I can feel it. I need to train more,” Kim said.
On her special ambassadorship’s role, she said: “It is really an honor for me to do good things.
“It was really great to help the PyeongChang Winter Games bid committee and I am very happy to help disabled people informing of the Special Olympics all over the world."
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