Yuna Kim’s Figure Skating Journey – Exclusive Interview | Athlete Profile


I am Yuna Kim, I’m a figure skater,
and I represent the Republic of Korea. I started skating with my older sister
during a school break, I was 6 years old. A coach suggested to my mother that I should
to become a professional skater. So that is how I started competing. I like figure skating because it contains both sport and an artistic side, and it offers unique entertainment to the audience. I have been doing this for over 10 years. But when I started to learn how
to do triple jumps it took me a long time. It took a long time for me to succeed and while I was practicing I had many injuries and I felt frustrated. So when I finally did it for the first time I remember the feeling of achievement it was great. I had some time out for one season I was very busy. There were many things that I had to do. But since I had time out from the Grand Prix circuit I was concerned that I would have less of a opportunity to build up my condition for the Olympics. So I was concerned about others getting more competition experience and I felt they were moving ahead of me
with their Olympic preparations. Because the Olympics is the priority
I had to start training gently for my rehabilitation. Mentally I tried to stay positive to maintain my best condition. My goal was reached when I became an Olympic champion
at the 2010 Vancouver Games, Now I am not focusing on winning or becoming champion again. I know I will not be able to help myself from being nervous But I think I can enjoy it and would love
to be proud of myself for the result. Sochi will be my last competition
so I am aiming to complete my career. No matter what the result I get. My legacy will remain as it is. And I am going to do my best. Even if I don’t win the gold medal I would like
to have no regrets about the result.

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