Controversy Regarding Korean Kim Yu-na’s Silver Medal
kpopluv, Feb. 24, 2014, 2:11 p.m.
Korean figure skater Kim Yu-na is exceedingly happy with her silver medal during this year’s 2014 Winter Sochi Olympics, but others are calling for more attention to the matter.
Kim closed her competitive career to Avril Lavigne's version of "Imagine." The performance featured her trademark camel spins, spirals, and double axels. Her fans were very enthusiastic with her performance.
Although she earned 2nd place in the event, an online petition has risen, demanding the investigation in judging irregularities when the gold went to Russia’s Adelina Sotnikova. The petition contains 2 million signatures.
During the finale, the area went dark and the spotlight light on Kim, with the logo for the 2018 Pyeongchang Games on the rink floor, reminding everyone that while Kim’s skating career ends here, the games will continue in her home at the next event.
"Kim skated exquisitely…, looking totally relaxed in a complete reverse of her body language throughout the competition," wrote AP regarding her final performance.
"I didn't think it was my last skate because I was concentrating on the program. It has yet to sink in," Kim stated in an interview. When she was asked about the tears she demonstrated following the free skate, she responded, "I'm being 100 percent honest that the tears didn't have anything to do with feelings of injustice or upset. You can trust me. I was just getting a rush of emotions about all the difficult times I’ve had over the years."
Kim also stated, "I didn't think about the judging after the competition finished, but it seems others are more upset. I think people say I'm just pretending to be okay, but I really am satisfied that I finished my programs well."