SBS's Sun-Young Park and figure skating analyst Sang-Ah Bang interviewed Yuna Kim at the Medal Plaza after she became a two-time Olympic medalist at the 2014 Sochi Olympics following her gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
Already having achieved her dream of becoming an Olympic Gold Medalist at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Yuna Kim wanted to give the up and rising skaters of Korea the opportunity to have the Olympic experience as well.
By winning the gold medal at the 2013 World Championships, she earned 3 spots for Korea at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, giving Korea the chance to send three "Team Korea" members to the Olympics for the first time in figure skating history.
Not only does she have the unprecedented career of placing on the podium for every single competition and posting multiple world-record scores, Queen Yuna is a known philanthropist and a global ambassador for UNICEF.
And she is retiring with the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Her father calls this the "Independence Day for Yuna Kim," a day that marks the end of her long journey of figure skating which began when she was a child.
And she wishes that that all will remember "that figure skater named Yuna Kim."
The tears that she shed are not tears of anger against the questionable scores from the judges or the color of the medal, but tears of farewell from "the figure skater known as Yuna Kim" and tears of relief and expectation for the beginning of a new chapter for this beautiful young woman.
Here is to hoping that no one will misunderstand the meaning of her tears, and that the support will continue for this skater standing at the footsteps of a big turning point in her life.
LONG LIVE THE QUEEN!
(*SBS's figure analyst Sang-Ah Bang has been commentating since 1993 when the Junior World Championships were held in Korea for the first time.
She has been a part of the broadcast team for figure skating competitions for a long time, including the 2007 season when Yuna Kim first debuted onto the senior stage.)