Kim Yu-na, the gold medalist in ladies' figure skating, is not entered at the Winter Asiad, as she is currently preparing for the world championships in Tokyo in March. But other gold medalists from Vancouver will be on hand to duplicate their Olympics success.
Smartphones, the World Cup soccer finals, social networking sites, Olympic figure skating champion Kim Yu-na and health products were the most popular items among Koreans over the past 10 years, a private think tank said Wednesday.
The five made the top 10 list out of 110 hit products between 2000 and last year compiled by Samsung Economic Research Institute based on a survey of experts and netizens.
Smartphones topped the list under the evaluation that it is a mobile platform with infinite potential. The World Cup took the second place for triggering a sports watching culture in Korea.
Third was Cyworld, a Korean version of Facebook. Social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter came in the fourth place and credit cards with numerous rewards and benefits were picked fifth.
The top 10 list also included Kim Yu-na, health products, car navigation systems, public transport payment services and the traditional Korean wine makgeolli.
Yuna ranked top athlete on the searching word list of China's biggest portal site Baidu in 2010.
1st. Yuna Kim
2nd. Yao ming
3rd. Guo Jingjing
It's always so good to see that she's so much loved beyond Korea.
It’s amazing to see Yuna’s name mentioned and now alongside with the greats. Yuna is now a part of figure skating history!
Lam is inspired by Yuna Kim, who won the 2010 Olympic gold medal with a record score.
“Yuna Kim motivates me in so many ways,” said Lam. “On the ice, she is one of the best skaters in history with her triple-triple combinations. Off the ice, she is a perfect role model by being humble in any situation. If I become a well-known skater, I hope to be as good of a role model to others as Yuna Kim is to me.”
Yu-Na Kim is a Bid Ambassador for PyeongChang 2018
PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA, 20 JANUARY 2011: Yu-Na Kim, the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games Ladies Figure Skating gold medallist this week reaffirmed her dedicated support for PyeongChang's bid to host the 2018 Winter Games.
Kim, an official Ambassador for PyeongChang 2018, expressed her commitment to the bid through an open letter to a Gangwon Province regional newspaper, the Kangwon Domin Ilbo. In the letter Kim delivered a special message of support to the bid and praised the Korean people for their enthusiasm to help try and bring the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to Korea for the first time.
Yu-Na Kim said: "As a young child I was inspired by the wonderful spirit of Olympism when I watched the 1998 Nagano Winter Games, and I dreamt that one day I would become an Olympic champion.