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Congrats to South Korean Yu-Na Kim for winning the 2009 World Figure Skating Championships at Staples Center in Los Angeles. She became the first female skater to score over 200 points. Next stop: 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
The rules for international figure skating have changed over the last few years, requiring intricacy of elements, and brilliant athlete Kim Yu-na, of Korea, is a stand-out, breaking all records for a Woman's Short Program with a score of 78.50.
CONGRATULATIONS, KIM YU-NA!!!! And good luck in the Long Program!
Kim Yu-na to Begin Quest for Gold in Short Program
|FEBRUARY 24, 2010 08:07|
World figure skating champion Kim Yu-na takes her first step toward the Olympic gold medal today at Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver with the short program.
Kim is far stronger in the short program than in free skating, whose competition starts Friday. In the eight competitions she has taken part in over the last two seasons, she has lost just once in the short program, and her sole loss was by just 0.56th of a point.
Kim did her free skating program at her official practice yesterday partly due to her confidence in the short program. She practiced her short program and free skating twice in her four official practices from Sunday.
In contrast, rival Mao Asada of Japan practiced her short program three times in her four official practices.
Kim and Asada skated in the same practice session for the first time yesterday. Kim was in her usual tracksuit but Asada wore her short program costume.
Both focused on jumping. Kim practiced her trademark triple lutz-triple toe loop combination and Asada on the triple axel.
The two competitors also played a mind game. Though they ran into each other several times, they never made eye contact. They instead just cast side glances at each other while talking with their coaches.
Both declined to hold interviews after their first practice day. Given Kim’s dominance in the short program, Asada says she can win only if she does well in the event.