Kim Yu Na Holds Fan Meet, Shares Her Hardships of Being a World Class Athlete
luvsmiling, May 29, 2015, 12:27 p.m.
Figure skating champion Kim Yuna recently held a fan meet titled ‘Play the Challenge’. At her event the star athlete spoke about her accomplishments as well as her hardships. She started off by saying, “During my 17 years as an athlete, I think there were worse than good memories.”
“There were too many injuries and slumps. Though I was very frustrated when I was young and cried a lot, now I just pull through [a slump] with time,” she said. “When I was in middle school, I was frequently injured and my boots no longer fit because of my changing body. To top it all off, I had to take a month off because I hurt my hip muscles. My worst slump was after I won the gold medal for the 2015 Vancouver Olympics because I felt like I had achieved all my goals and dreams. That’s why I was not motivated for the World Figure Skating Championships.”
Meanwhile, when she was praised for setting 11 world records, she said, “I don’t think world records are that important for an athlete. I just found out that I set the world record 11 times, too. During a game, it’s the ranking that’s truly important. I will say, though, that it’s good to have a world record in your pocket.”
Kim Yu Na is a South Korean former figure skater. She is the 2010 Olympic champion and 2014 silver medalist 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. As a result of her numerous accomplishments, she is frequently referred to as "Queen Yuna" by various media across the world.
She is the current record holder for ladies in the free skating and the combined total under the ISU Judging System. She has broken world record scores 11 times under 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 mark and the 200-point total mark under the ISU Judging System. Throughout her entire career, Kim had never finished a competition off the podium