Posted: 24 Mar 2014 08:53 AM PDT
SBS's Sun-Young Park and figure skating analyst Sang-Ah Bang interviewed Yuna Kim at the Medal Plaza after she became a two-time Olympic medalist at the 2014 Sochi Olympics following her gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
Already having achieved her dream of becoming an Olympic Gold Medalist at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Yuna Kim wanted to give the up and rising skaters of Korea the opportunity to have the Olympic experience as well.
Not only does she have the unprecedented career of placing on the podium for every single competition and posting multiple world-record scores, Queen Yuna is a known philanthropist and a global ambassador for UNICEF.
Her father calls this the "Independence Day for Yuna Kim," a day that marks the end of her long journey of figure skating which began when she was a child.
The tears that she shed are not tears of anger against the questionable scores from the judges or the color of the medal, but tears of farewell from "the figure skater known as Yuna Kim" and tears of relief and expectation for the beginning of a new chapter for this beautiful young woman.
Here is to hoping that no one will misunderstand the meaning of her tears, and that the support will continue for this skater standing at the footsteps of a big turning point in her life.
LONG LIVE THE QUEEN!
(*SBS's figure analyst Sang-Ah Bang has been commentating since 1993 when the Junior World Championships were held in Korea for the first time.
Posted: 24 Mar 2014 08:23 AM PDT
Yuna Kim's agency announced today that it respects the move made by the Korean officials to file a complaint against the ISU's judging.
This announcement is in response to the official complaint filed by Korean Olympic Committee and Korean Skating Union on the controversial judging at the Ladies Singles Figure Skating Event at the Sochi Winter Olympics. The announcement was made on March 21st, by All That Sports, a management agency representing the figure skating champion Yuna Kim.
In a statement made through her agency, Yuna Kim stated, "as I participated in the Sochi Winter Olympics as an athlete representing Republic of Korea, I respectfully accept the decisions made by the officials to file a complaint to the ISU's Disciplinary Commission.
This message was delivered to the Korean Skating Union immediately after a complaint was filed to the ISU's Disciplinary Commission. The Korean officials had made this move based on their determination that the judging at the Ladies Singles Event was unreasonable and unfair.
All That Sports explained that "Yuna Kim's statement is from a perspective of an athlete representing her country. She accepts the decisions made by her officials regarding the competition as she understands it is a result of a long and careful deliberation process on the issue. We are aware that the officials have made a measured decision after considering the best course of action for Korean athletes and fans. We believe that these kinds of decisions are to be made collectively and cannot be determined by the athlete's preference alone.
The agency added, "Korean Olympic Committee has stated that it will do its best to protect its athletes from any unfair treatments at future international competitions. In agreement, we hope that this case would be an opportunity to turn the course in the repeated judging controversies and unfair incidents that the Korean athletes have been facing."
■ Translated by a fan at feverskating.com
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