This is Yu-Na Kim. She is considered to be one of the favorites for the gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Colombia next year. Read her biography, see photos, and watch a video below.
With many saying this could be a prediction of things to come, figure skater Kim Yu-Na won the women’s title at the Four Continents figure skating event held in Vancouver, British Columbia. She has even been adopted as the ‘National Hero’ back home in South Korea.
Five-time Canadian champion Joannie Rochette, who won the silver last year, again finished second, and reigning world champion Mao Asada of Japan was third.
Yu-Na Kim was born on September 5, 1990 in Bucheon, South Korea so her age is 18. She is best known as a South Korean figure skater.
Yu-Na Kim began skating at the age of 6. In 2002, she competed internationally for the first time at the Triglav Trophy where she won the novice competition. Yu-Na landed her first triple jump at the age of 10, and she landed all triple jumps except for triple axel just two years later.
When Yu-Na was 14 years old, she landed her first triple-triple combination in a competition at the 2005 World Junior Figure Skating Championship. She has performed three different triple-triple combinations in competitions; the triple lutz-triple toe loop, the triple flip-triple toe loop, and the triple toe loop-triple toe loop. She is also famous for her fast speed on the ice.
Yu-Nu has since become a very accomplished skater. She is the 2009 Four Continents Champion, 2007 & 2008 World bronze medalist, 2006 & 2007 Grand Prix Final Champion, 2006 World Junior Champion and five-time South Korean National Champion.
Yu-Na Kim moved to Toronto, Canada during the summer of 2006 to train there full time. Her coach is Brian Orser, a retired professional figure skater himself. He is one of the most accomplished skaters in Canada’s history, with eight national titles, two Olympic medals, and a world title.
Yu-Na Kim Video