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I am not trying my best because it is the Olympics. I try my best always.
– Kim Yuna
The popularity of figure skating has increased tremendously, and Koreans have a huge interest in figure skaters – not only me, other international skaters as well.
Even in the hardest circumstances, dreams can give you the courage to live, and I hope I can share that message with children in need.
For a long time, just skating in the Olympics had been my goal because not many Koreans had done it.
I love figure skating. It’s what I’m good at.
L.A. is a city that has given me great support for skating.
I have been compared to Mao since we were both junior skaters. We’ve felt the rivalry since then, so we wanted to avoid each other. However, she has been my motivation.
The Vancouver Olympics was the first competition where I completed the short and free programs without any mistakes, and that in itself was a huge achievement.
When I came back on the rink in 2012, I set a goal of wrapping up my career well rather than just winning medals. I’m not preparing for any special skills for Sochi because I don’t feel like they are necessary.
What I miss the most is chatting with my friends and family and having a good laugh over a simple meal.
Watching previous figure skaters, I always wondered why they cried after their performance.
After I won the Olympics, like any gold medalist, I did feel some emptiness in my heart. I did think about coming back to the ice for a long time. What motivated me is skating is something I am best at and I love the most. So I want to give it one more try.
Peace is what enables development and is critical in providing opportunities to young people. Efforts to preserve peace are absolutely vital in bringing prosperity and hope for the future.
Korean audiences are amazing. The fans scream so loud, and that really surprises skaters when they first perform in my shows.
If I give up my career as a skater simply because I fear I won’t show my best performance, I would be really sorry later in life.
If I walk in the street in Korea, I am recognized.
To many, peace is what enables development and is critical in providing opportunities to young people. To some – especially those from regions involved in conflict – peacekeeping and efforts to preserve peace are absolutely vital in bringing prosperity and hope for the future.
People expect that I’ll be just perfect on ice, and that’s not the case. I make mistakes, too. When I review my performance, sometimes I feel I did awful. That’s the whole part of the process of what people see when I’m performing.
I get tired too, just like everybody else. Sometimes I tell people that, but all I get is people saying that being vulnerable and weak is just not like me. I rarely get the response of emotional support I want. But sometimes I need it.
When I was young, many people didn’t know what figure skating was. Some who knew of it thought of it as dancing on ice. But, as I entered international competitions and got good results, many people got to know more about it and came to cheer for me.
The Olympics is the biggest competition for all athletes and an unforgettable event.
I always wanted to be Olympic champion and do clean programs.
My coaches have told me my muscles and body structure are perfect for skating.
For an athlete myself, it is especially meaningful for our country to host an Olympics. Every athlete hopes to participate in an Olympics, so I still can’t believe the games of dreams is going to take place in Korea.
I love weekends. Just like everyone else, I get to rest on weekends and go out with friends. I hate Mondays.
I like to be just an athlete, but if I go to competition and compete, I love to be a star, maybe.