Figure Skater You Young Signs with Kim Yuna’s Agency
Kyung Ho Kim, Jan. 18, 2016, 10:57 a.m.
Teen figure skating phenom You Young, the youngest South Korean national champion, has joined the agency of her idol, Kim Yu-na. All That Sports announced Monday that You, who captured the national ladies' singles title on Jan. 10 at age 11, has signed a three-year deal.
You scored 183.75 points to become the youngest national champion at 11 years and eight months, breaking the previous record held by Kim, who won the 2003 title at 12 years and six months. Kim went on to capture an Olympic gold and two world titles before retiring two years ago.
You, now hailed as the second coming of Kim, is also the only South Korean female skater other than Kim to surpass 180 points at any domestic or international competition. She has said she got into figure skating after watching Kim win the 2010 Olympic gold medal in Vancouver. Kim, after presenting the gold medal to You during the victory ceremony at the national championship, said You is better than she was at that age.
"I am so happy to be in the same family with Yu-na, who's been my biggest role model," You said through the agency. "My dream is to become a great figure skater like she was. I will keep training hard to realize that dream." All That Sports said You is "the hope of South Korean figure skating" whose skating techniques and jumps have already reached a high level despite her young age.