Kim Yu-Na : The World Best Figure Skater

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Kim Yu-Na : The Worlds Best Figure Skater

Kim Yu-Na (Kim is the surname) is a 19 years old South Korean figure skater who is the reigning champion and gold medalist in her event at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. She was expected to win the gold and she indeed fulfilled the promise. Attached to her name is an impressive and an awesome credentials in figure skating. Starting a career at a very young age, her coach was amazed and predicted she is going to make it big in the skating world, and he is correct. Adored by her millions of fans not only in Korea but all over the world, she exudes grace, beauty and awesome performances specially in 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Kim's gold is South Korea's first in figure skating.

Figure skating is one event aside from snowboarding and hockey which I follow every Winter Olympic game. When these events are played in the TV, I always find time to watch them. Kim Yu-Na came to my attention four years ago when I read a magazine about Mao Azada, another figure skater from Japan and they were trying to pit the two girls together. In Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Mao won the silver and Joannie Rochette of Canada finished third.

 Kim Yu Na doing her act at the 2009 Trophee Eric Bompard
Kim Yu Na doing her act at the 2009 Trophee Eric Bompard
The Korean Kim Yu Na -- The Worlds Best Figure Skater
The Korean Kim Yu Na -- The Worlds Best Figure Skater
FIGURE SKATING LADIES WINNERS  Kim Yu-Na in the middle (gold)   Mao Asada (wearing red and black) -- Japan (silver)   Joannie Rochette -- Canada (bronze)
FIGURE SKATING LADIES WINNERS Kim Yu-Na in the middle (gold) Mao Asada (wearing red and black) -- Japan (silver) Joannie Rochette -- Canada (bronze)

About figure skating

Figure skating is a sport in Olympics in which a pair, individual or sometimes a group spins, jumps and footworks and move s in ice. Figure skaters compete in different levels either as beginner, senior, local, national or international level. Figure skating is usually referred to by a name into -- artistic skating --. Major international competitions are sanctioned by the International Skating Union (ISU). These include the Winter Olympic Game, World Championships, The World Junior Figure Skating Championship, The European Figure Skating Championships, The Four Continents Figure Skating Championships and the ISU Grand Prix Of Figure Skating-

Kim Yu-Na started her career at a young age

  • She started her career at a young age. Kim Yu-Na was born in Bucheon, Gveonggi-do, Korea on September 5,1990. She started skating when she was just six years old and because she was very far from the training site she mostly trained during the night and not at daytime. She skate with her sister when she was seven years old and her coach said to he mother that one day Kim Yu Na is said to become a world class figure skater. She fulfilled the promise and beyond. She moved to Toronto, Canada in 2007 to train more regarding figure skating. She is presently enrolled in Korea University.

 

 

Kim Yu-Nas Accomplishments and Honors

  • 2010 World Olympic Gold Medalist held in Vancouver, Canada
  • Reigning world Champion in Figure Skating
  • Kim Yu Na is the first female skater to surpass the 200-point mark set by the ISU
  • She is also the first female skater to receive +2.20 grade for execution for jumps under the ISU Judging System.
  • As of February 2010, she is ranked first in the world by the ISU.
  • Kim Yu Na is the first South Korean figure skater who has medaled and won at International Skating Union (ISU) -- Junior Grand Prix series, the ISU Junior Grand Prix Final, ISU Grand Prix Series, the ISU Grand Prix Final, the ISU Four Continents Championships, at the ISU World Championships and at the Winter Olympic Games.
  • She is one of the most highly recognized athletes and media figures in South Korea and all over the world
  • Three Time Grand Prix Final Champion
  • 2006 Junior World Champion
  • 2005-2006 Junior Grand prix Final Champion
  • 2002-2005 Korean National champion
  • She is the holder of the record for ladies in the short program, free skating and its combined total by the ISU.

Aside from her awesome accomplishments in the world of figure skating, Kim Yu-Na is an icon in South Korea bringing joy and pride to her country. She is an example of continued and inspiring dedication plus hardwork in fulfilling ones dream.

 

 

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alexandriaruthk 6 years ago from US

hi prettydarkhorse, I watched her last night and she was amazing, nice hub about her, Rock on!!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

I dated her! Ha! Just kidding :D She very beautiful, talented, and very graceful (so why the heck would she want to be with me???) What a wonderful tribute to one of the best figure skaters EVER. Thanks, Maita, for sharing such an awesome and informative hub about Kim Yn-Na. It seems that Koreans AND Filipinos are making their mark on the world as of late!

Dohn


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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

Maita, I LOVE IT, LOVE IT!! I absolutely love to watch figure skating. I think it is such a graceful sport/dance and I admire the discipline required to be great at it.

Kim Yu-Nas is AWESOME!! I enjoyed watching the video and was exhilarated by her performance.

Her coach is awesome as well and deserves the accolades he is receiving.

Thank you for this experience.

Forever His,


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

You can be proud of yourself to have written such great tribute to a wonderful and talented skater, Kim Yu-Nas. I am glad that Korea got something to celebrate after all the terrible time they gone and going through. Thank you Maita.


"Quill" 6 years ago

I watched as well last night...that's right Quill watched...OK Cat is out of the bag but I can attest to the fact this young lady blew me away with her talents...amazing gift.

Great hub PDH and you have done her justice...very well done.

Blessings and Hugs


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tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

Hi Maita !


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

Wasn't she fabulous! Such precision such perfection. I admit when I watch the figure skating I often cringe in anticipation of a skater falling - you can almost feel the tiniest misstep. But not with her.

She's great! Thanks Maita!


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casey kaldal 6 years ago

Maita,

Great hub. I think the grace and power of figure skating is so inspiring. So much beauty and precision.


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Katrina Ariel 6 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada

Maita,

This is lovely! What an effort and so much devotion these skaters have to reach such heights in their event. So beautiful!

Katrina


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida

Beautiful Maita! My favorite of the Olympics is the figure skating! Oh I can't get enough of it.


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

Maita-I can't believe I missed this performance! :( But along came that pretty dark horse with the video for me to enjoy!

What ever happened to the USFSA? Maybe they've gone on to greater things since I skated in, ummm, well-a long time ago! And I was not very good at it, at all. :)

Thanks, really.


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Truth From Truth 6 years ago from Michigan

She is a great athlete, and very beautiful. Nice article Maita. Have a great weekend.


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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

She is a wonderful talent-- and so are you, Maita!!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Absolute beauty, strength, grace, athleticism, having so much LOVE for her sport/event! Amazing! She's the best! Thank you Maita


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD

Thank you for the interesting education. The beauty of figure skating is often breathtaking. Kim Yu-Na is a joy to watch & now I know so much more about her.


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rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay

I also saw her win the gold. it is like watching poetry in motion. strength and grace, amazing and wonderful to watch.

congrats to her and her family and for representing her country. I have read that these skaters often begin very early, preschool age out on the ice, ballet class. wow. nice work, Maita.


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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Maita my Ate, I watched this young 19 yr.old woman skating a couple of nights ago at the Olympics, and she definitely earned her Gold. God has provided her with not just skills, but also a heart to achieve to be the best that she can be.

Love,

your KUYA Dave.


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dfelker 6 years ago

This year's ladies competition showed us women of great courage, heart and determination. The women are so beautiful, and underneath are made of the strongest steel. I applaud your excellent overview and the visuals rock! Thanks!


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yenajeon 6 years ago from California

She is a very talented young lady. She definitely deserved her Gold. =) Hi Maita!


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ehern33 6 years ago

Didn't get a chance to watch her or much of any Olympics this time. These athletes are so dedicated to it and she surely seems to shine. Great work on this one too Maita..


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a2z50 6 years ago

Dare I ad, that Yu Na Kim is very beautiful.But her's does not live up to your's. I really liked the break in the middle with the photo too. Very well done ! Great content!

Thank you again And Keep on Hubbing

Rprcarz50 Also


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

hi a2z50, thanks you for your very nice compliments, I appreciate it, yes she is very beautiful and taleneted as well, Have a happy weekend! Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi ehern, yes, dont strain your eyes as well, let it rest, and I hope your ok and doing well, maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi yena, yes shes deserving of more than a gold as well, I figure after four years she will win still at the next olympic, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi dfelker, your compliments are so nice, they are awesome isn't it? thank you, you like my article about her, happy weekend, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hu Kuya Dave, I am your ate Maita now hehe, yes she is so graceful and she really deserve her GOLD with her attitude as well, Bless and thank you, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Rebekahelle, yes they do start very young and very rigid as well, I dont know if that will be disadvantageous to them as of course they will miss their childhood, but some countries when they see potential in some children they build them, pay their training and lots more because if they win it is also the national pride but then of course the children doesn't grow like normal children. Maybe we cant have it all, Thank you Ms. rebekaelle, Happy weekend, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Ken, thank you for dropping by here, I appreciate it and Happy weekend, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

hi Mick, yes shes the best in her sport, but you're the best too in biking, gr8bkn, hehe, happy weekend and thank you, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Cris, Thank you, hmm, what is my talent?? just kidding, happy weekend,. Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Het T, I am glad you're back again, How are you??Maybe you're very busy again?? Thank you for your nice comment, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hmm lorlie, i beleieve you're pretty graceful when you skate as well? isn't it? I also can remember when I was young and then my mother will wait for me and watch me perform, Kim Yu-Na is amazing, USFSA hmmm they are still here, and I am glad you enjoyed this one, Can we just dance not skate? hehe

Happy weekend lorlie, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Faybe Bay, I agree with you, shes beautiful, Thank you, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Katrina, yes they work hard as well and they strat very young, very beautiful indeed, Happy weekend and thank you, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Casey, yes its beautiful just watching them s well isn't it, Sigh, Thank you and happy weekend, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi BK, yes sometimes I also feel that thing when they glide, it is just scary, but they do it with perfection, shes so lovely and beautiful isn't it? I am challenging you however for a dance BK< Happy weekend, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi tony, isn't she lovely? How are you, hmmm,,,TC< Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi hello, yes she is the pride of her country, and the joy as well, Thank you for that wonderful comment hello, Happy weekend, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Quill, Now I know you watched this as well with Quigley and Mrs Quill hehe, good to know that, shes amazing isn't it, Bless and HUGS as well, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi RevLady, yes I am also amzed with the perfoarmances specially her, shes grace and beauty plus well disciplined and hardwork as well, Bless and happy weekedn, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Dohn oh you have dated her, of course she loves a writer,--- she is a pride of her country, she is very beautiful, graceful and perfect almost,,, Thank you and happy weekend DOHN< Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

hi alexandriaruthk, thank you for your wonderful comment, Maita


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Jonathan Douglas 6 years ago from Canada's Capital Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

She was fabulous! Just perfect!

She has been training in Toronto Canada with our medalist Brian Orser. However, she certainly is the best and deserved the Gold.


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Beth100 6 years ago from Canada

She is the best skater! Dedication, commitment and thousands of hours practicing and training have brought her a Gold. This is a wonderful tribute to a great skater! Thanks Maita!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Jonathan, thank you for visitng this site and for your information, I didn't know that! Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Beth, Thank you for your ncie comment! Have a happy weekend and I agree with you , she deserve the GOLD, maita


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a2z50 6 years ago

Thank you again! Keep on with the informative Hubs.

Ron


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Sage Williams 6 years ago

Maita - What a beautiful tribute to a young and beautiful figure skater. She was incredible and was so deserving of the Gold! Once again, Maita you have done an awesome job of reseach and writing.

Great Job!

SAge


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi sage, thanks for your nice comment, NIGHT, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi a2z50, Thank you for dropping by again, bless, Maita


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Truth From Truth 6 years ago from Michigan

Hi Maita, I hope things are going well for your friend and her new little one. I hope things are going well for you, even with football season over. Have a great day tomorrow.


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

I really love figure skating and think the women who do this art form are the sexiest ever! And Yu-Na is no exception. She is simply gorgeous!

Thanks so much for doing this great tribute to her.

Love and peace

Tony


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago

She was awesome wasn't she. I got chills watching her skate. Great Hub Maita!


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2patricias 6 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

An exceptional young woman - it takes immense dedication to reach this standard.

Lovely tribute hub - a pleasure to read.


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

Hi Maita! Kim is definitely a talented girl that seems to have a bright future in figure skating or whatever she chooses to do as a career. Her personality and the way she carriers herself will take her far. I got a feeling that we will see a lot more of her in the future. Thanks for doing such a great hub on Kim.:)


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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

Maita, I love the Olympics and figure skating too. What a great year it was with so many gifted athletes. Kim is one of those skaters we will remember for years and years. The way she skates is like the definition of ladies' figure skating, such poise, grace, and athleticism all combined in a beautiful young woman. She seems like a nice girl too.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi truth, thank you for dropping by again, it is raining here and cold outside, maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Tam, thank you for dropping by, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi 2patricias, how are you, thank you and yes I agree with you, dedication indeed, plus grace as well, she is beautiful and almost perfect, maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Money, yes, she will still shine beyond 2010 and next Olympic, as she is still young, Thank you Money, its raining here, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Dolores, yes shes great and easy on they eyes as well, I agree with you., Thank you Dolores and have a good night, Maita


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

Watching her on tv was a reminder of how we humans can sometimes achieve incredible things and truly shine. Great and very timely hub, Maita! : )


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Cheeky, yes shes incredible like us hehe, just kidding, thanks Cheeky my girl, Maita


ss 6 years ago

Why do people always write her surname first like we're in Asia? That's only customary in Asia. If you're North American, type her name how people would in North America, just like how you would write "Mao Asada" instead of "Asada Mao"


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi ss, It is because we gotta respect all people, that's the way for them surname first, Thank you, Maita


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

Drop dead gorgeous and brilliant skating talent! Pure skill! Fantastic! Great hub! Video is astounding! She made it look so easy, and she is so darn fast too!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

yes Cheeky, beautiful isn't it? thank you dear, Maita


Justice judge 5 years ago

She is good skater however Mao is much better than her. Unfair judgement.


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Marie Flint 3 years ago from Jacksonville, FL

I admire this young woman very much. Her grace, flexibility, balance, poise, and consistency on the ice are amazing. I am thinking that part of her confidence is partly attributed to a macrobiotic diet (mainly fish and rice), but I would have to talk to her or read an interview on her personal habits to know for sure. I know figure skaters train relentlessly, often 5 or more hours a day. There are special exercise routines, too, to develop the appropriate muscles for jumping.

Thank you for sharing.

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