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“I wanted to tell American children the story of how such an ordinary girl as Yu-na Kim became the world’s top sports star.”
Christine Dzidrums, an American author of children’s books, said in an e-mail interview with The Dong-A Ilbo that her biography “Yuna Kim: Ice Queen” will be published in the U.S. in a few weeks.
She said Kim’s story of overcoming difficulty to make her dreams come true will provide deep inspiration to American children.
On April 2, Dzidrums first announced on her blog that Kim’s biography would be published. As a fan of figure skating, the author said she has watched Kim since the figure skater was a little child.
Dzidrums said she became interested in Kim’s background after she won the gold medal in last year`s Vancouver Winter Olympics.
While many figure skaters give up their dreams because of injuries and difficulties, Kim overcame all of hers and achieved everything, Dzidrums said, adding Kim’s story will inspire younger generations as an example of the importance of effort and perseverance.
The author said she always respects athletes who were not afraid of challenge and continued to grow both artistically and technically, calling Kim a “perfect” example.
Dzidrums said she wants to publish a revised biography of Kim in several years if the figure skater continues to rewrite history in the sport.
Original source: http://english.donga.com/srv/service.php3?biid=2011040940648
PyeongChang ambassador Yuna Kim delivers presentation in English[Nocut News] Park Ji-Eun 2011-04-08
‘Figure Queen’ Yuna Kim appealed for PyeongChang to host the 2018 Winter Olympics through a video presentation.
Kim has put her schedule as an ambassador for PyeongChang on a hold to concentrate on the World Figure Skating Championships.
The PyeongChang 2018 Bid Committee delivered Kim’s video message on April 7 at the Sport Accord International Convention in London, Great Britain.The video was 3 minutes and 45 seconds long and spoke about why PyeongChang should be selected for the 2018 Winter Oympics.The Sport Accord International Convention is an important sports event in which a large number of sports federations and organizations gather.It is owned by SportAccord (the former General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF)), Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF),
and Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF).
Many sports federations hold their annual meetings at the convention, including the International Olympic Committee (IOC).During the convention, each candidate city bidding for the 2018 Winter Olympics gave a 20 minute presentation.The official presentations were in the order of Munich(Germany), Annecy(France), and PyeongChang(Korea).Kim was scheduled to attend the event but had to decline after the Tokyo World Figure Skating Championships, that were to be held on March 25, were rescheduled to Moscow,
April 24 due to the Tohoku earthquake.
Even though Kim could not make it to the convention she delivered her message via video to the IOC and sports officials at the event.“I was able to become an Olympic champion with the help of the Korean government’s winter sports athlete promotion program ‘Drive the Dream.’
If PyeongChang had not challenged itself for the Olympics, I may have not have had the chance to have challenged myself to become an Olympic champion.By holding the 2018 Winter Olympics games in PyeongChang it will fulfill the dreams of young Asian athlete’s dream of the Olympics and Paralympics,” said Kim in her video message.
The 3 minutes and 45 seconds presentation video was composed of Kim’s English speech that was 1minute 45 seconds longand the remaining 2 minutes were clips of Kim rising as the champion of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.Kim will attend the (IOC) technical briefing that will be held in Lausanne, Switzerland on May 18-19 to help PyeongChang bid for the 2018 Winter Olympics.The winning city will be decided by votes of the IOC officials at the 2011 IOC Session that will be held in Durban, South Africa on July 6.The technical briefing in May is the final official event before the bidding election.