Yuna Kim, the 2010 Olympic gold medalist, recently revealed her programs for the upcoming 2011 World Championships in Tokyo, Japan.
Kim is to skate to “Giselle”-a classical ballet-and a montage of Korean music known as “Arirang” for her short and long program, respectively, according to All that Sports, her management agency.
“I think it will be a great opportunity to show another side of me. I like the actual story of Giselle,” Kim said according to All That Sports.
While Kim’s choice for “Giselle” shows her pioneering spirit is still alive, “Arirang” has, on the other hand, a cultural and political complication.
The “Arirang” thematically links to the heart of Korean’s patriotism, especially when it comes to its relation with Japan. Although South Korea, Kim’s native country, is currently in conflict with North Korea, the average South Koreans are said to feel more animosity to Japan, under whom the South Koreans were subjugated during the two World Wars.
Not surprisingly Yuna Kim’s victory over Mao Asada, a Japanese skater, in Vancouver this year was something a lot more than the first South Korean figure skater has ever medaled in the Olympics. It was a nation’s victory and triumph.
Now Kim again aims at the 2011 World Championships title in Japan.
After her tumultuous split with her four-year-long coach Brain Orser early this year, the emotionally shaken 20 year old superstar quickly dried her tears and managed to shrug off its aftermath shock. The latest ice show, All That Skate in LA, was another exhibition of Kim’s queenly mastery in front of near sold-out audience in the Staple Center.
Since Kim moved to LA where she appointed Peter Oppegard for her new coach, many have kept on speculating over Kim’s career plan which Kim cautiously kept to herself despite the bombardment from the fans and the media alike.
Submit to-do lists to the public? What kind of a plan a 20 year old teen could have shown to the public regarding what she’s going to do for the next ten years or so anyway? But that’s what’s expected from this girl. Anticipation keeps adding and growing on.
Kim by sitting out the Grand Prix demonstrates the figure world what people miss out.
Especially, as the current Grand Prix events turned out uneventfully painful- Kim’s junior performances would have won the day by miles; judges would have been delighted to award more points for Kim’s gala programs than any competitive programs done-obviously it must have been equally painful and inconvenient for the ISU to invite Kim to do a gala exhibition.
Right, the rules states otherwise-the ever changing rules.
Without Kim, the entire competitive fields look an utter embarrassment, especially ladies field – and not securing Kim’s participation in gala is the ISU’s utter incompetence.
Now that Kim sets her eye again on the competitive field, willing to take back the crown, which she lost to her rival Mao Asada this year, despite Kim’s extraordinary brilliance, there arises still a question if Kim will be able to outgrow what she could have done under Orser. The 2011 World championships will be a test to Kim’s ability to further evolve as well as Oppegard’s expertise to usher this mega star to another chapter in her career.