[SBS-Interview] Yuna Kim: Putting Down the Weight


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.



(*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.)


Open letter to Kim Yuna

Dear Kim Yuna,

As a young boy, I grew up listening to numerous inspiring and heart wrenching stories pertaining to sports. As my father so very passionately narrated them to me, I would listen with absolute attention to every detail. There was Wilma Rudolph, Jesse Owens, Carl Lewis, and, many others. These individuals continue to inspire me, and assure me that there are wondrous things that can be pursed and achieved, if there is a burning desire within.

Although I had reckoned how great you are, merely through the passionate talks of my friend, I was never much acquainted wholly with your surreal grace. I remember the look of pride and awe in the eyes of my Korean friend, as she described your personality which personifies greatness.

However, in 2012, I was shown a video of your performance at the Vancouver Olympics, by my Korean friend.  That was one of the most profoundly touching performances that I had ever come across, and with every movement of yours which was executed to absolute perfection, I was overwhelmed with feelings of admiration and inspiration.

Being the sports fanatic that I am, such performances do not deliver momentary emotional arousal, but persist like burdock burrs on the soul. Thus, I instantly seemed to be hooked onto videos of your performances at various occasions such as the Korean National Championships, and, the World Championships. The sophistication and elegance of a prima ballerina, coalesced with the determination of an athlete which you possess is what captivates me the most.

You are an embodiment of perfection, as you move so effortlessly on the ice. Be it the James Bond tune or the Concerto in F by George Gershwin, your charisma and artistic ability, is legendary. Unlike any other figure skater, your performances seem so accomplished in technique and passion, that it captivates the viewer to be completely immersed in the beautiful story that that you weave on ice. If they call you a ‘Queen’, it is for no abstract reason, but because of the innumerable lives you have touched, and continue to do so, through your heart rendering performances. You are the beau ideal of grace, and thus irrespective of the fact that I reside in India and am much nescient of figure skating, my admiration and respect for you is supreme.

An Olympic gold and silver medalist, a two-time World champion, a three-time Grand Prix Final Champion and six-time South Korean national is what the record books will state, but, the significance of your achievements in having a lasting impact on humanity is indelible.

I watched your performance at the Olympics this year live on television, and I was completely baffled by the level of perfection you bring to the rink every single time. I sat through all the other seemingly unattractive performances, and waited impatiently for your closing performance. Although I was greatly disappointed at the most treacherous panel of judges at Sochi, who managed to give away the gold medal to Sotnikova, your perfect performance was enchanting like always.

The changing scoring system is highly obnoxious, and even though it was sad to know about your decision to retire, I think when you say you are “glad that it’s over”, it is only be-fitting for a champion like you, to be distant from such scandalous elements which are penetrating the old glory of sports.

The most astonishingly amusing aspect about the Russian crowd at Sochi during the figure-skating event was how, everybody just drifted into a state of nervous silence, thus exemplifying the level of intimidation that overcomes your rivals.

The very next day, I watched your breath taking performance at the Gala show. Each word of the song “Imagine” by John Lennon, seemed to light up with every graceful move of yours.

You came in as a champion, and you left as a Queen, with a flawless career, which is a testament to your beauty, skill, grace, professionalism, and unmatched consistency. Hence, your legacy stands to invigorate generations to achieve impossible things, and your story of excellence shall forever inspire.

Therefore, as you bid adieu to the world of skating, I wish you the best of life, brimming with the very same joy and happiness that you managed to bring to the live of countless individuals all across the globe.



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