Yuna Kim is arguably one of the best female figure skaters to ever grace the ice. Since competing at the 2004 Junior Grand Prix, Kim has won 15 gold medals, five silver medals, and two bronze medals at established figure skating championships. She is also in the Guinness World Records for her scores at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. According to many sports journalists, Kim is the favourite to take home gold at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
Many are familiar with Kim’s accomplishments on the ice, but may be unaware of her relationship with Canada. The South Korean Federation and Kim’s mother, Meehee Park, asked Brian Orser if he would like to become Kim’s coach. Orser is a retired competitive and professional figure skater, winning two Olympic silver medals for Canada during his career. After retiring Orser kept his passion of figure skating alive by becoming a coach, and mentor to other skaters.
At the age of 16, Kim and her mother moved to Toronto, Ontario for four years to be coached by Orser, and bronze Olympic medalist, Tracy Wilson. Not only was she being coached by Canadians, her longtime dance choreography is currently David Wilson. David is a former Canadian figure skater, who has worked with Kim since the 2006-07 season. The pairing has proved to be very successful. From David’s choreography, Kim has won two world championships and an Olympic gold medal.
Yuna Kim’s 2010 Olympic performance to George Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F.
Vancouver, British Columbia was the city where Kim won her first Olympic gold medal. Prior to competing in Vancouver, Orser and Kim were chosen to participate in the Olympic torch relay in Hamilton, Ontario on December 19, 2009.
After taking a break from skating for two years, Kim made her comeback in London, Ontario at the 2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships. The break did not phase her, because she went on to do six flawless triple jumps with two in combination, and ended up winning gold.
At the end of Sochi, Kim has announced that she will be officially retiring, and would like to become a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in the future. Hopefully, when she reminisces on her career, she will look back on Canada with fondness.
Kim will be participating in the following events at Sochi: Feb. 19 – Ladies Short Program at 10 a.m. ET, and on Feb. 20 – Ladies Free Skating Program at 10 a.m. ET.