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Winter Olympics countdown: 'Queen' Yuna of Korea


09 Jan 2014
Lausanne, Switzerland: Figure skater Kim Yuna first made her mark on the Olympic Winter Games with her outstanding performances on the ice at Vancouver 2010. After taking a break from competitive action the following year she returned in 2013 to win her second world title, and is now gunning to become the first woman to retain the Olympic figure skating title since Katarina Witt in 1988. 

When she took to the ice at Vancouver’s Pacific Coliseum on 25 February 2010, Kim - nicknamed "Queen Yuna" back home in Korea - turned on a dazzling gold medal-winning display that captured the imagination of the crowd and impressed the judges, who gave the 19-year-old the highest score ever awarded to a figure skater.

In doing so she made an indelible mark on the Republic of Korea’s Olympic history by winning the country’s first ever figure skating title, a feat that made her a national idol.

Kim has long been accustomed to pulling off firsts. She took up skating at the age of six and nurtured her talent under the watchful eye of Canada’s two-time Olympic silver medallist Brian Orser in Toronto since 2006.

She was her country’s first ISU Junior and Senior Grand Prix medal winner and also landed Korea’s first world championship medals in claiming bronze in 2007 and 2008, and then gold in 2009 in Los Angeles.

Following her Olympic triumph in Vancouver she won silver at the Worlds in 2010 and 2011 before deciding to put her career on hold for the best part of two years.

Her main objective is to defend her Olympic title in Sochi next month, but she suffered a setback in September 2013 when she was sidelined for six weeks with an injury in her right foot.

That hurdle is just one of many she has faced in her journey to the top, and she will be confident that come February 2014 she can become the first woman since Katarina Witt in 1984 and 1988 to win back-to-back Olympic figure skating titles.

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