Kim Yuna( Hangul :김연아, Hanja :金姸兒,IPA: [kimjʌna]; born September 5, 1990) is a South Korean figure skater . She is the 2010 Olympic champion in ladies' singles, the 2009 , 2013 World champion, the 2009 Four Continents champion , a three-time (2006–2007, 2007–2008, 2009–2010) Grand Prix Final champion , the 2006 World Junior champion , the 2005 Junior Grand Prix Final champion , and a six-time (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2013, 2014) South Korean national champion .Kim is the first South Korean figure skater to win a medal at an ISU Junior or Senior Grand Prix event, ISU Championship, and the Olympic Games. She is the first female skater to win the Olympic Games, the World Championships, the Four Continents Championships and the Grand Prix Final. She is one of the most highly recognized athletes and media figures in South Korea.She is the current record holder for ladies in the short program ,the free skatingand the combined totalunder the ISU Judging System . She has broken world record scores 11 timesunder the ISU Judging System since 2007, eight of which being records she herself set. She is also the first female skater to surpass the 140-point and 150-point free skating markand the 200-point total markunder the ISU Judging System. She has not finished any lower than third place in her entire career.
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She currently trains in Seoul, South Korea.
From the 2010–2011 season, her name was registered as 'Yuna Kim' at her ISU profile.
Her Confirmation name is Stella from "Stella Maris" in Latin, meaning Our Lady, Star of the Sea an ancient title of The Blessed Virgin Mary . She makes the Sign of the Cross and wears a rosary ring during competitions.
Describing training conditions for competitive figure skaters, Kim said:
A year later, at age 12, she won the senior title at the South Korean Championships , becoming the youngest skater ever to win that title. She won her second international competition at the Golden Bear of Zagreb , a novice competition.She continued her reign as the South Korean champion in 2004.
In the 2004–2005 season, Kim competed as a junior at the ISU Junior Grand Prix . She won a silver medal at the event in China and a gold medal at the event in Hungary. She won a silver medal at the 2004–2005 Junior Grand Prix Final with an overall score of 137.75 points.
She retained her National Championship title for the third year in a row on her way to the 2005 World Junior Championships . At that competition, she won a silver medal earning 158.93 points and landed her first triple-triple combination jump in the free skating.
For the 2005–2006 season, Kim was not old enough to compete at the 2006 Olympics , instead, she competed in the 2005–2006 Junior Grand Prix and won both of her competitions in Bulgaria and Slovakia . At the 2005–2006 Junior Grand Prix Final , she won the competition 28.34 points ahead of silver medalist Aki Sawada . During her free skate, she landed seven triple jumps, including a triple flip – triple toe loop combination and a double axel – triple toe loop combination.
Kim won her fourth senior national title. At the 2006 World Junior Championships , she won the gold medal scoring 177.54 points overall, with a 24.19-point margin of victory over silver medalist Mao Asada .
Kim made her senior international debut at 2006 Skate Canada where she won a bronze medal after being placed first at the short program and fourth in the free skate program with a total overall score of 168.48 points.
At the 2006 Trophée Eric Bompard , Kim received a score of 65.22 in the short program and 119.32 in the free skate, placing first both of them and won the event with 184.54 points, 10.10 points ahead of silver medalist Miki Ando . Those performances qualified Kim for the Grand Prix Final for the first time.
At the 2006 Grand Prix Final in Saint Petersburg , Russia, Kim placed third in the short program with 65.06 points and first in the free skating with 119.14. She won the Grand Prix Final earning 184.20 points, by a margin of 11.68 ahead over silver medalist Mao Asada.
She placed fourth in the long program earning 114.19 points, and finished third overall with 186.14 points, behind Japanese skaters Miki Ando and Mao Asada. Kim's placement qualified South Korea two ladies entries for the 2008 World Figure Skating Championships .
Kim was assigned to the 2007 Cup of China and the 2007 Cup of Russia Grand Prix for the 2007–2008 ISU Grand Prix season.
Kim started off the 2007–2008 season winning the 2007 Cup of China with a total score of 180.68 points, which was 24.34 ahead of silver medalist Caroline Zhang . She landed a triple flip -single toe loop combination, a triple Lutz, a double Axel and placed 3rd in the short program. But the next day, she hit a triple flip-triple toe loop combination, a triple loop , triple lutz -double toe loop combination, double axel -triple toe loop combination, a single lutz, a triple salchow , a double axel and three level-four spins to score 122.36 points in the free skating.
Kim qualified for the 2007–2008 Grand Prix Final in Turin , Italy. She won the short program with 64.62 points and was placed second in the free skate earning 132.21. With a total score of 196.83 points, Kim won her second Grand Prix Final .
Kim did not compete at the 2008 Korean National Championships and the 2008 Four Continents Championships due to a hip injury.
She was placed fifth in the short program with 59.85 points, but rebounded in the free skate to win the program with 123.38. She scored 183.23 points overall, winning her second consecutive bronze medal at the World Championships.
Kim was assigned to the 2008 Skate America and the 2008 Cup of China Grand Prix for the 2008–2009 ISU Grand Prix season.
She went on to capture the ladies title by winning the free skate as well with a score of 123.95. She won the event earning 193.45 points overall, a score that was more than 20 points ahead of silver medalist Yukari Nakano of Japan.
Her success continued at the 2008 Cup of China , where she received a score of 63.64 in the short program and 128.11 in the free skate, placing first in both of them. The combined total of 191.75 was nearly 21 points ahead of silver medalist Miki Ando of Japan. Her performance qualified her for a spot in the Grand Prix Final.
During the 2008–2009 Grand Prix Final , which was held in Goyang , South Korea , she was placed first in the short program with 65.94 points and second in the free skate where she earned 120.41 points. She won silver medal with a total score of 186.35 points, 2.20 behind Mao Asada of Japan.
She scored 116.83 in the free skating program, keeping the lead with 189.07 points overall and winning the gold medal.
Kim was the only female skater whose Figure skating combination was recognized by the judges in both the short and free programs during the 2008–2009 season.
Kim was assigned to the 2009 Trophée Eric Bompard and the 2009 Skate America in the 2009–2010 ISU Grand Prix season.
the highest ever given for jumps by the ISU in ladies' figure skating. She placed second in the free skate with the score of 111.70 points, due to mistakes in her jumps. Although it was one of her lowest scores, she still won the event with 187.98 points, beating silver medalist Rachael Flatt with a lead of 13.07. At the competition, she set a new world record again for the short program under the ISU Judging System.
Her victories in both Grand Prix events qualified her for the 2009–2010 Grand Prix Final in Tokyo, Japan, in December 2009. At the event, she placed second in the short program with 65.64 points, 0.56 behind Miki Ando. The next day, she won the free skate with 123.22 points. As a result, Kim won her 3rd Grand Prix Final title with a total of 188.86 points.
In February 2010, Kim competed in the ladies event at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games , where she captured Olympic gold.
Kim placed seventh in the short program with 60.30 points. She opened with a triple lutz – triple toe loop combination, but had problems with her layback spin and spiral sequence. She rebounded in the free skate to win the program with 130.49 points completing a triple lutz – triple toe loop combination, a triple flip , a double axel – double toe loop – double loop combination, a double axel – triple toe loop combination and a triple lutz , but having trouble with her triple salchow and double axel . She won the silver medal totalling 190.79 points.
Overall, Kim totaled 228.56 points, shattering her personal best and own old world record by a margin of 18 points.She won the gold medal, becoming the first South Korean skater to medal in any discipline of figure skating at the Olympic Games. She also set a new Olympic record. Kim's gold medal was South Korea's first medal at the Winter Olympics in a sport other than speed skating or short track .
and Hillary Clintonpraised Kim's Olympic performance.
Soon after, Kim left the rink where she had trained with Orser to train at the East West Ice Palace in Los Angeles owned by Michelle Kwan and Kwan's family.On October 5, 2010, Peter Oppegard was announced as Kim's coach.
In May 2011, Kim told Around the Rings that bringing the Winter Olympics to PyeongChang would be an inspiration to young athletes in Korea.
However, Kim was not invited to skate on the 2012–2013 Grand Prix circuit so she decided to participate in minor events to score enough technical points to qualify for the 2013 World Championships .
Kim placed first in the short program with a score of 72.27 points and also won the free skate with 129.34 to claim the gold medal. With the requirements met, Kim's agency said she would focus on Korean nationals and the World Championships.
In January 2013 due to her lack of competition in the previous season, Kim had to compete in the 2013 South Korean Championships to pick herself a spot for the 2013 World Championships. She placed first in the short program with a score of 64.97 points despite having some problems in that segment of the competition. She also won the free skate totaling 145.80 after performing a clean program where she executed a triple lutz – triple toe loop combination, a triple flip , a triple salchow , a triple lutz , a double axel – double toe loop – double loop combination, a triple salchow – double toe loop combination and a double axel . Her total score of 210.77 points was 48.89 ahead of silver medalist Park So-Youn . As a result Kim won her fifth national title and thus qualified to compete in the World Championships.
Totaling 218.31 points overall Kim claimed her second world title, surpassing the rest of the competitors by 20.42 points, which was the largest difference between gold and silver in the nine years the ISU Judging System had been used in the World Championships.
When she was 14 years old, she landed her first triple-triple combination jump at the 2005 World Junior Championships .
and she has also received +2.00 grade of execution for her spiral sequence ,steps sequenceand spins .
Another signature move of hers is a layback Ina Bauer that she leads directly into a double axel jump, to a double axel – triple toe loop jump combination or to a double axel – double toe loop – double loop jump combination.
Her skating music and other favorites were compiled in the albumYuna Kim ~ Fairy on ICE ~ Skating Music( Universal Music Korea, 2008).
All That Skate.
magazine named Kim, along with American snowboarder Shaun White , as the top-earning athletes participating in the Olympics with $7.5 million each to their name.In August 2010,Forbesmagazine listed her as one of the highest-paid female athletes in the world, with annual earnings of $9.7 million.
She also sang with Korean band Big Bang on the single "Shouts of Reds" created for the Korean World Cup soccer team. Kim has also performed songs by Korean pop singers Taeyeon from Girls' Generation , IU , Narsha and BoA on the television showKim Jung Eun's Chocolate.
She was also named an ambassador for the 2010 G-20 Seoul summit alongside actress Han Hyo Joo and soccer player representative Park Ji-Sung .
In addition to this book, she also wrote a book calledLike Kim Yuna, published on March 30, 2010. This book targets younger readers.
In October 2011, Kim was appointed a member of the Executive Committee of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games Organising Committee.
in SBS'sGood Sunday. The program portrayed the challenging process of ten popular entertainers as they learned how to figure skate from professional skaters. The ten stars included comedian Kim Byung-man , singer U-Know of TVXQ , Krystal of f(x) , IU , Son Dam-bi , actors Park Jun-geum , Seo Ji-suk , Lee Ah-hyun , Jin Ji-hee and speed skater Lee Kyou-hyuk .The winner of the show was Krystal of f(x) and her partner Lee Dong-hoon. The runner up was comedian Kim Byung-man and his partner Lee Soo-kyung. As a reward, Krystal and Lee Dong-hoon got to showcase their skating with Kim Yuna in the All That Skate exhibition that was held in August 2011.
and is continuing her effort in many ways. Her charitable contributions known to public include:
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|Grand Prix Final||1st||1st||2nd||1st|
|GPCup of China||1st||1st|
|GPCup of Russia||1st|
|GP = Grand Prix|
|Junior Worlds||2nd J.||1st J.|
|JGP Final||2nd J.||1st J.|
|JGP Bulgaria||1st J.|
|JGP China||2nd J.|
|JGP Hungary||1st J.|
|JGP Slovakia||1st J.|
|Golden Bear||1st N.|
|Triglav Trophy||1st N.|
|South Korean||1st J.||1st S.||1st S.||1st S.|
|JGP = Junior Grand Prix|
Levels: S. = Senior; J. = Junior; N. = Novice
(Small medals for short program and free skating awarded only at World, Four Continents, and World Junior Championships.)
|February 6–22, 2014||2014 Winter Olympics (Sochi)|
|January 1–5, 2014||68th South Korean National Championships||1|
|December 5–8, 2013||2013 Golden Spin of Zagreb||1|
|March 10–17, 2013||2013 ISU World Championships||1|
|January 2–6, 2013||67th South Korean National Championships||1|
|December 5–9, 2012||2012 NRW Trophy||1|
|April 24 – May 1, 2011||2011 ISU World Championships||1|
|March 22–28, 2010||2010 ISU World Championships||7|
|February 14–27, 2010||2010 Winter Olympics (Vancouver)||1|
|December 3–6, 2009||2009–2010 ISU Grand Prix Final||2|
|November 12–15, 2009||2009 ISU Grand Prix Skate America||1|
|October 15–18, 2009||2009 ISU Grand Prix Trophée Eric Bompard||1|
|March 23–29, 2009||2009 ISU World Championships||1|
|February 2–8, 2009||2009 ISU Four Continents Championships||1|
|December 10–14, 2008||2008–2009 ISU Grand Prix Final||1|
|November 6–9, 2008||2008 ISU Grand Prix Cup of China||1|
|October 23–26, 2008||2008 ISU Grand Prix Skate America||1|
|March 17–23, 2008||2008 ISU World Championships||5|
|December 13–16, 2007||2007–2008 ISU Grand Prix Final||1|
|November 22–25, 2007||2007 ISU Grand Prix Cup of Russia||1|
|November 8–11, 2007||2007 ISU Grand Prix Cup of China||3|
|March 19–25, 2007||2007 ISU World Championships||1|
|December 14–17, 2006||2006–2007 ISU Grand Prix Final||3|
|November 16–19, 2006||2006 ISU Grand Prix Trophée Eric Bompard||1|
|November 2–5, 2006||2006 ISU Grand Prix Skate Canada||1|
|March 6–12, 2006||2006 ISU World Junior Championships||Junior||1|
|January 5–8, 2006||60th South Korean National Championships||Senior||–||1|
|November 24–27, 2005||2005–2006 ISU Junior Grand Prix Final||Junior||–||1|
|September 29 – October 2, 2005||2005 ISU Junior Grand Prix, Bulgaria||Junior||–||1|
|September 1–4, 2005||2005 ISU Junior Grand Prix, Slovakia||Junior||–||1|
|February 28 – March 6, 2005||2005 ISU World Junior Championships||Junior||1|
|January 1–4, 2005||59th South Korean National Championships||Senior||–||1||1||1|
|December 2–5, 2004||2004–2005 ISU Junior Grand Prix Final||Junior||–||2|
|September 16–19, 2004||2004 ISU Junior Grand Prix, China||Junior||–||4|
|September 1–5, 2004||2004 ISU Junior Grand Prix, Hungary||Junior||–||1|
|February 2–5, 2004||58th South Korean National Championships||Senior||–||1||1||1|
|November 19–22, 2003||2003 Golden Bear of Zagreb||Novice||–||1||1||1|
|March 8–11, 2003||57th South Korean National Championships||Senior||–||1||1||1|
|April 18–21, 2002||2002 Triglav Trophy||Novice||–||1||1||1|
|November 20–23, 2001||56th South Korean National Championships||Junior||–||1||1||1|
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