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Yuna Kim

yuna kim is one of the most important and famous korean sports figures in the world, where she deserves to be known as “queen yuna” (퀸 연아). yuna kim was born on september 5, 1990, in bucheon, gyeonggi-do province. when she was five years old, she began to practice figure skating. her former coach jong hyun ryu strongly suggested to kim's mother that kim should continue to skate, predicting that she would become a world-class figure skater in the future. in an interview she talked about her coaches. she said, “my coaches told me my muscles and body structure were perfect for skating. i was born with a good instrument, maybe more so than talent. i was lucky my coaches noticed early on and helped me to develop that. a lot of people don't know they are born that way. ˮ

when she was 11 years old, she began to draw attention nationally as she became the youngest korean skater to complete the five different triple jumps. kim participated in an international competition for the first time at the triglav trophy in slovenia in 2002 where she won the gold medal in the novice category. a year later, when she was 12 years old, she won the senior title at the korean championships and became the youngest skater ever to win that title. in 2003, she won her second international competition, the golden bear in zagreb, croatia, in the novice category.

kim is the first korean figure skater to win an isu championship, the 2006 world junior championships. she additionally is the first korean figure skater to win a medal at the olympic games -- a gold in 2010 -- and at an isu championship -- silver at the 2005 world junior championships -- and at the world championships -- a bronze in 2007. in 2006, kim moved to canada to train and then to the u.s. in the summer of 2010. she moved to korea in 2011.

in february 2010, yuna kim broke her own world record once again with a total of 228.56 points, en-route to winning a gold medal at the 2010 winter olympics in vancouver. the score of 228.56 is still the highest score in ladies figure skating ever, and it's considered unbreakable according to figure skating experts.

yuna kim was awarded the proud korean award by the korean-american leadership foundation in august 2010 in recognition of her contributions to improving korea’s international status. in addition, the city of los angeles has named aug. 7 yuna kim day and awarded her honorary citizenship to celebrate her visit to los angeles. kim gives back to society through many charitable activities. at the beginning of 2011, she became an inspiration by donating krw 100 million to help relief efforts in haiti. thereafter she became an international unicef goodwill ambassador and participated in many activities, such as the u.n.’s annual international day of peace celebration. she is interesting in charitable deeds, such as providing scholarships to young figure skaters, and donating prize money, as well as profits, from her shows.

yuna kim is the first female figure skater to obtain a grand slam under the current isu judging system, in addition to breaking the world record 11 times, eight of which involved breaking a record she herself had set. during her entire career, she had never finished a competition lower than third place, a feat that no one has been able to accomplish, cementing her status as one of the greatest figure skaters of all time.

in february 2014, kim competed in the ladies event at the 2014 winter olympic games. she performed two flawless programs during the event. both programs were intended as farewell performances for her competitive career. she led the short program and came in second in the free program. she finished with an olympic silver medal. controversy on the questionable judging and scoring of skaters' performances ensued after the event, which garnered widespread debate among the figure skating community. as anticipated, kim announced that the olympics would mark the end of her competitive skating career.

as one of her fans, i hope she participates in the 2018 olympic winter games, which will held in pyeongchang, korea, and win a gold medal in her beloved home country. in my opinion, the 2018 olympic winter games will be the best in the history of the olympic winter games because korea has accurate regulations, a beautiful countryside, and generous and hospitable people. when yuna kim competes in this competition, she will give a special sparkle to these olympics. all the best of luck to yuna kim!

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