Kim Yuna Ends Skating Career with Controversy

Controversy has erupted over the results of women’s Olympic figure skating. Various international media outlets have raised questions about the event’s outcome. Netizens shared tweets from foreign figure skating experts’ criticizing the results. As figure skater Kim Yuna has been one of the most revered athletes of the nation with legions of fans, the outcry spread like wildfire.

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From Yonhap News:

Kim Yuna, “I didn’t have high hopes for my scores”

“Figure Skating Queen” Kim Yuna said, “I didn’t have high hopes for my scores” after performing a clean program and winning a silver medal in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

After finishing her free skate in Sochi, Russia on the 21st, Kim Yuna told press, “I can’t always get the scores I want. I have to accept the results. I’m satisfied that I performed a clean program.” While Kim Yuna performed a clean program with no mistakes, she was beaten by Russia’s Adelina Sotnikova, who made a mistake during her program.

Kim had a close lead with 74.92 points in the short program the previous day. She performed a clean program that received 144.19 points. Her total was 219.11 points. However, Sotnikova who made a mistake during a jump, received 149.95 in her free skate. With a total of 224.49, she surpassed Kim Yuna, who ended up with silver in the event.

Regrettably, Kim failed to defend her title. However, she remained calm saying, “I don’t care much about my scores. Anyway what can I do if I’m not satisfied with the results?” She said, “I usually don’t try to predict the results and don’t care about setting new records. I did better than I expected.” Kim added, “Although I didn’t win the gold, I’m happy and grateful that I was able to show everyone what I can do. I’m satisfied that I prepared and performed clean short and free skate programs that were free of major mistakes.”

It was her last time on stage as an athlete. She said, “I’m only thinking it’s finally over. It was very difficult, and I was getting exhausted quickly but I’m glad I held on until the end and didn’t fall. I was trying to overcome my physical and psychological limits. I want to give my performance a 120 out of 100. Like yesterday, I completed my program without making mistakes. I think it was successful and I was able to show my efforts.” She added, “Although there were no mistakes, my program wasn’t as perfect as it was in practice. I wanted good results and got 2nd place. As I said, getting the gold wasn’t important to me. It was meaningful for me to participate in this event. I’ve done all I could do anyway.”

About Kim Hae-jin and Park So-yeon who also competed in Sochi, she said, “I’m sorry that their programs were not satisfactory. They may feel down but I’m sure it was a good experience being on such a big stage. Although I won’t skate myself, I will look after them.”

Comments from Naver:
장군:

Kim Yuna knew this would happen…..That’s even more sad.

최강: [responding to above]

For the performance alone, Yuna should have gotten gold. However, in figure skating, subjective judgement for artistic components is inevitably involved and judges can be biased just as you guys want our athletes to win. Of course, home field inflation is disgraceful but what can you do when they are only human? Home inflation has happened numerous times throughout sports history. Don’t get too upset now. What’s really upsetting is those bastards who complain about Yuna’s nationality, ke ke ke. Why do they even complain about it? Do they even know our country’s competitiveness? Ke ke ke. Please don’t go overboard.

오키: [responding to 장군]

I was in 5th grade during the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Even though our boxer was on the defensive, his face got all swollen. But he ended up winning against the American boxer in a controversial decision. [The Korean public and media’s response was very critical of the unfair judgement.] I was a college student during the World Cup in 2002. I was watching the match with Spain, drinking beer with a friend. I was happy that our team won but we were like “Wasn’t it unfair for them? Ke ke ke” Let’s face it. We’ve had similar home advantages. After living for 38 years, I’ve realized that the world is not that fair.

Tolambar:

There was a difference. Yuna skated a clean program and got 69.69 technical points. But Gracie Gold got 69.57 after falling once, ke ke. Our cute Julia still got 66.28 even after falling twice, ke ke ke. Carolina Kostner performed the best ever in her Olympics career but still got 68.84, which was lower than Gold’s score, ke ke. Now Adelina in question. She got 75.54, ke ke ke ke ke. Adelina got a higher score because she jumped 7 times while Kim Yuna jumped 6 times??? Then what about Asada Mao who jumped 8 times and only got 73.03????? Ke ke ke. Let’s not even get into artistic components.

이 락: [responding to Tolambar]

Kostner must also be very upset. She may be happy that she overcame her slump and won a bronze medal anyway, but I don’t understand how Sotnikova scored higher than Kostner, let alone Kim Yuna.

hi7l****: [responding to Tolambar]

Honestly, Kim Yuna’s program wasn’t completely clean and her technical difficulty wasn’t overwhelming. Of course, it’s also true that the Russian athlete got inflated scores. My conclusion is that Yuna’s performance wasn’t overwhelming enough to overcome the home advantage. Maybe if the Russian skater had fallen or something, it might have been different but they had a comparable level of difficulty and both made some mistakes. Being neck to neck, Yuna couldn’t overcome the hometown score. She did well but not overwhelmingly better.

고미:

Honestly, I don’t want to bash an athlete for this but the Russian kid was too insensitive. If you win by home inflation, you should at least be humble. She was like she deserved to win. Sochi or Suchi [meaning “shame” in Korean], the Russian judge should come to Korea so that I can get her LASEK surgery with my own money.

사랑이엄마남편: [responding to above]

Sotnikova won’t even be able to compete in Pyeongchang. She will take a break and retire within two years. Her future performances will be compared to her own inflated scores. She’s pitiful, too.

아라소른:

Yuna is 24 years old…. She’s 3 years younger than me but her attitude makes her decades more mature. She’s a great person. I respect her.

창선오라비:

It was too much for real. I hate Russia.

From Sports Seoul:

Q: How do you feel now?

Yuna: I’m relieved because it’s over. I’m happy that I was able to finish both my short and free programs without mistakes.

Q: Did you meet your mother yesterday?

Yuna: The accommodations weren’t very good, so I stayed in the athlete’s center. I talked to her via text message. My mother said, “There is a lot of controversy over the scores but the event is over so don’t be too upset. Relax and enjoy yourself.” In regards to getting silver, “Let’s think of it as the gold going to someone who wanted it more.”

Q: Did you sleep well?

Yuna: I slept late because there were interviews and doping tests. I can’t believe it’s all over. I feel so relieved and at ease.

Q: Do you think the scores you got were fair?

Yuna: I haven’t properly watched the other skaters’ videos yet. Nothing changes even if I don’t agree with the results. I have no regrets. It’s over. I’m not giving it any thought.

Q: The Korean public is furious about the judging.

Yuna: I’ve experienced a similar controversy before. People around me were more upset than I was. I think it became a huge controversy this time because it happened on a big Olympic stage. I have no regrets about it. As I keep saying, I’m glad it’s over. I performed well and that makes me happy.

Q: Your face didn’t change when the final score was announced. Did you expect that you wouldn’t get the score you deserved?

Yuna: I didn’t expect good scores. After finishing the short program, you might have certain expectations based on your feelings. The higher your expectations, the greater your disappointment will be. There were many times where my scores were lower than I expected. I think of many things before an event. I imagined getting second place because my scores weren’t as good. So when the score was announced, I wasn’t surprised. I’m not just focused pursuing gold so it didn’t affect me.

Q: Did you talk with Sotnikova or Kostner?

Yuna: We didn’t talk. We just congratulated each other.

Q: Do you feel relieved because there is no more pressure?

Yuna: I thought it was over when the Vancouver Olympics were done, but somehow I’ve come this far. I feel relieved in many ways. There is no more pressure about competitions. It was physically very challenging to train after the Olympics. It was hard to motivate myself with a clear goal, too. There are many restrictions imposed on an athlete’s life. Now I’m relieved that I’m free from such restrictions.

Q: What’s the secret to maintaining your mental tenacity?

Yuna: I don’t think there is any secret to it. I think I’m just born this way. The skaters around me all have very different personalities. There are many great skaters who get too nervous and can’t fully showcase their ability. I also get nervous but probably to a lesser extent than other skaters. This is the personality I was born with so it seems to have been suitable for my career in the sport.

Q: Sotnikova walked out in the middle of the press conference.

Yuna: The interview was for the three medalists. Usually, we walk out together when we are all finished. While I was answering the last question, she walked out. When I arrived, she was already in the midst of an interview and hadn’t even changed her clothes. I was a little surprised when she walked out but that sort of thing is up to each athlete.

Q: What’s your future plan?

Yuna: I will take a break. But it won’t be too long. I will probably do many things. I will take time to think about what I want to do with my life.

Q: What’s the most memorable program in your career?

Yuna: I’d say the last program yesterday. It’s hard to pick one. I’ve been in this sport for too long.

Q: If you had to pick three then?

Yuna: Yesterday, Vancouver, and I won’t choose the other.

Q: Is there anything you really wanted to do but couldn’t?

Yuna: As an athlete, I had to be picky about my diet. I was worried about gaining weight before but now I don’t easily get fat or gain muscle. So I had to force myself to eat meat. Sometimes I would get really sensitive when I felt pain in my body during practices or rest days. I was probably stressing myself out over a lot of trivial things.

Q: What does figure skating mean to you and what have you learned from it?

Yuna: Skating and I are inseparable. Results are important but equally important was what I learned from the process of preparing for this competition.

Q: What kind of athlete do you want to be remembered as?

Yuna: Rather than a Vancouver gold medalist or a Sochi silver medalist, I hope you just remember me as an athlete.

Ilbe has been known for an unusually high number of “Yuna-bashers” or cynics. However, many posts on the web forum showed support and appreciation for the beloved figure skater during this Olympic period. This post goes over some of her known donations and charity work in the past.

From Ilbe:

Kim-Yuna-donations

List of Kim Yuna’s known donations from January, 2007 to April, 2013,
which amount to 2.6 billion won (2.4 million USD).

Comments from Ilbe:
깍두기헤드:

Hey, what should I do to marry Kim Yuna? If I have to cut off one of my balls to marry her, I will do it without hesitation.

분노의방구:

Kim Yuna really has the best attitude. I used to call her Money Yuna, but I was an idiot. Whatever, I hope she becomes a member of the IOC (International Olympic Committee).

fuck-doe:

I didn’t know she had donated that much. I know she donates because her cockroach fans [annoying hardcore fans] go around talking about it, but I didn’t know the details.

번타자장독대:

She’s nice. Why does she even have anti-fans? Do you think you guys would give away billions of won if you were her?

광우뻥=김보슬:

If you Il-gays keep living on your wheelchairs, wouldn’t there be a day when Yuna donates to you? Kim Yuna’s attitude is good indeed. What’s really important in life is not blaming others like her. If you blame friends, parents, society and school like lefty commies, you can never succeed. If you make a mistake or when things aren’t working well, you should examine yourself first. Only when it’s really unfair can you blame others.

썅똘깨이:

Kim Yuna is genuine. Don’t bash her. But it’s okay to bash her cockroach fans. Btw, those bastards who go apeshit about Kim Yuna getting commercial deals must be brainless like Mundo, ke ke.

뉴트리아대장:

It is a miracle that such an athlete was born in this country with no infrastructure for figure skating.. Only a while ago, we had nothing for figure skating…. I wanna get high on the Yuna drug.

자켓점퍼할인:

Kim Yuna’s speech or behavior is cool unlike Kimchi girls. She is a true athlete. Maybe that’s one of the reasons why she’s had such long running success.

이거놓으시게:

Don’t suck up to her too much. There should be limits to either bashing or sucking up. Shit, sure, Yuna is our goddess. Like she fucking casts spells from the sky. She looks like my cousin who’s fucking mean. It fucking sucks, fuckers.

꼼딩꼼딩:

I’m a Gunpo native and I lived in the same neighborhood with Kim Yuna for a while. It might have been when she was 17, after she finished her junior skating. I was working part-time at a karaoke and Kim Yuna came with a friend. A bunch of elementary school students rushed up to her to get her autograph. She didn’t look bothered at all. She signed autographs and took pictures with all of them. When one of the employees put his arm around her shoulders to take a picture, we scolded him but she said it was okay.

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  • XIUYEN

    She’s so modest and perfect ;w;

    • Boris_Da_Bengal_Tiger

      No person is perfect.

  • commander

    Given the past track record of questionable judging in women’s figure skating events, it is no wonder many people claim without any faul play in judging, it is hard to explain how Sotnikova, with just one more jump, could upset the reigning champ Kim Yu-na, which skated immaculately for the gold.

    This speculation grows convincing among Koreans after Russia, the host nation, reigned surprme on the medal table, a dramatic departure from 11th place in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

    There is an ongoing signature collecting campagin to ask the International Olympic Committee to look into judging what many experts call an unbelievable result, with the collected signature already topping one million easily.

    It remains to be seen whether this online protest backed mainly by South Koreans can yield any significant changes, including an overhaul of judging methods for a more fair competition.

    Kim Yu-na maintains her characteristic composure amid the controversy, saying, “I just want to believe that the gold medal went to a skater who is more desperately eager for than I am.”

    Many people in South Korea think that her remarks is a real illustration of sportsmanship.

    But the problem is that if Kim Yu-na were not the gold medalist, and competed in the ladies’ singles figure skating event in Sochi for the first time, she would find herself hard to embrace the result.

    And her remarks implied that Sotnikova’s gold win is more associated with her desire for gold than her performance on the rink, an insinuation that Kim Yu-na thought to herself she skated better than the Russoan skater.

    The best comment on this hard-to-explain upset is: If the techical evalution prize jumps, why did Asada Mao, who had eight jumps during her free skating program, not have as high points as Sotnikova with seven jumps had against Kim Yu-na, which jumped six times?

    Those who call the judging in the women’s figure skating event reasonable should come out to give a compelling answer to this question.

  • Gorgonzola

    Classy lady.

    I’ve also been pretty impressed by the relatively restrained response from Koreans to this perceived injustice, both online and in person.

  • KoreanNoMore

    All judges are members of their national federations, and many of them actually hold administrative positions. One could add that the vice president of the South Korean federation judged both women’s Olympic programs in 2010.

    Having 1 Technical Panel judge, 1 GOE/PCS judge, and 1 Replay or Data
    Operator of the same nationality in a competition is not unusual. For
    example, the same thing happened in both Olympic pairs programs, where
    Troy Goldstein (USA) was the Technical Specialist, Anne Cammett (USA) a
    PCS/GOE judge, and David Santee (USA) the Data Operator.

    Regarding the points scoring system:

    1. Adelina had a more difficult step sequence, which goes along with
    higher GOE factors, on top of the base value. The GOE factor for level 4
    step sequences is 0.7, whereas it is only 0.5 for level 3. This gained
    Adelina 0.36 points over Yuna.

    2. Adelina gained 0.1 points on GOE for both the triple-triple combo
    and the 3F, by virtue of one relevant (non-dropped) judge giving her a
    +2 instead of Yuna’s +1.

    3. Several judges scored the execution of Adelina’s flying camel
    spin 1 point higher than Yuna’s, which gained her another 0.36 points.

    4. The same thing applied to the layback spin, another 0.2 points.

    This more than made up for the 1 point difference in base value.

    I’d urge people very, very strongly not to buy into the Korean victim mentality. They have a very developed history of bad sportsmanship going back to the Seoul Olympics and the 2002 World Cup. They love the idea of being victims, the entire concept of Korean Ultra-Nationalism, whether in the South or the North, is rooted in the idea that Koreans are a uniquely pure race whose good nature is continually exploited by invaders and outsiders. By buying into their narrative on this issue you’re adding fuel to a very dangerous fire.

    • Pap

      The only ones who are still raging about this are the expats and the ESL population. This is when most of the controversies were generated by anti Russian western media especially USA Today and FOX. Koreans have already moved on. Why don’t you guys give it a rest?

      • KoreanNoMore

        That’s a lie and you know it. Expats don’t give a damn. I’ll give you the Western Media deliberately stoking the flames though. That has been going on for the whole games.

        • Pap

          Yes they do. They were ready to jump in to bash Koreans as sore losers (go look at eSL sites) and whiners the moment the controversy went on air. Your post shows it.

          • KoreanNoMore

            Dude, I’m not ESL. I’m a programmer.

          • d-_-b

            It’s funny how expats in Korea always accuse Koreans being whiny, when most of their blogs are filled with how much they hate their jobs, Korean food, Koreans blah blah… like this guy http://theunlikelyexpat.blogspot.ca/

            I mean if you hate it so much there why can’t you just get the fuck out of there? Oh wait… These white trashes know they can’t find better paying job in their home countries with their pathetic resumes. LOL

          • Sillian

            While intelligent criticism should be encouraged, some perpetually whiny expats living in their little bubble are an unpleasant sight for sure. Some of them sound downright creepy and I do wish they would find a better life elsewhere if they can. But that isn’t something unique about some expats in Korea.

          • Boris_Da_Bengal_Tiger

            And some people like a good moan.

            I did about the food and the some of the stupid medical stuff. My Korean friends who traveled also complained about the food. Funliy enough they found british food sweeter than Korean food, while for me, Korean food was sweeter (by food, think of quick snacks and drinks or those quick takeaways.

            My dad complained about the British weather and other stuff while praising back home. Why he doesn’t go back? He had kids and now his health isn’t the best. NHS is better than the shit back ‘home’.

          • harvz

            WESTEERNERS IN KOREA ARE LAME HERE IS PROOF LOOK AT THIS ONE GUYS BLOG

            Weak.

          • KoreanNoMore

            While I sympathize with you about whiny expats, my empathy is somewhat stifled by the degree to which non-whites in white countries constantly bash whites. Just look at any “ethnic studies” department.

      • milo

        Rigghhtt…..So the 2 million signatories to the petition were all ESL teachers trying to stir up anti-Russian sentiment? That makes sense.
        Since Friday, my Facebook timeline has been flooded by shared pictures, videos and articles from my Korean friends.
        During the weekend every Korean I talked to asked my opinion about it. Not in a particularly abrasive way, but they wanted to know if I realised that Yuna had been cheated.
        TV on Friday, Sat and Sun were wall to wall with coverage, showing foreign broadcasts of the her routine to try to prove to it wasn’t just Koreans who felt it was an injustice but people in other countries too.
        I’ll guess you are some bitter gyopo in the US or Australia who isn’t actually in Korea.
        Sometimes you’ve got to accept that not every negative thing that happens in regards to Korea is generated by expats or ESLers or…….*ominous music* the evil Japnese.
        Grow up dude.

        • Pap

          Hey there are petitions started that are demanding apology to that Russian girl. And it was started by a Korean. Lol. Like I said the controversy all erupted when western media fanned it. You can’t blame Koreans for getting upset over it at first. It’s now mostly they moved on.

          • milo

            No one is blaming Koreans for getting upset. If you choose to go to Daves esl cafe and read the 20-30 guys posting there as an accurate gauge of the expat community then you are a deluded idiot.

          • d-_-b

            Well… That’s what every expat I’ve met did. Judging Korea based on one incident or some bullshits he/she read online

          • luke

            How many expats have you met? You saying this stuff is the same as an expat saying all Koreans are awful because some ajosshi taxi driver ran a red light and almost ran him over.
            basically you are all bitter and twisted because foreigners can go to korea and get a job relatively easy. Then because they dont get down on their knees and praise korea you get angry.
            i admit there are douche bag expats in korea. Also in every country on earth. They are called humans.
            trust me, i met and worked with plenty of idiotic moaning gyopos in my country. They complained about EVERTHING. I really couldnt give a shit though. And thats one of koreas problems. You guys are so so desperate for praise from others that when it doesnt come all the time you get enraged.

          • Racist bozos are brainless

            Pap-“Koreans have already moved on”. Excerpts from a Korea Times article ” Two Russian Olympians have been targeted for online bashing by Korean netizens” “Sotnikova’s Facebook page is now filled with comments conveying hate, many of them written by Koreans” “after the figure-skating controversy, Viktor Ahn was called a “traitor,” “spy” and “selfish man” on his Cyworld page, which he later shut down” “Elise Christie of Britain also got abused online…… was targeted by “thousands” of obscene Twitter messages from Korean fans forcing her to delete her account.” http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2014/02/627_152235.html

          • Sillian

            Cyber bullying is nothing new. It has been an issue for many years. Read these articles for more context.

            http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/click_online/6112754.stm

            http://tbo.com/news/scitech/2010/apr/01/usf-study-finds-cyber-bullying-rampant-south-korea-ar-57524/

            Average Koreans are very critical of it but you can always find hundreds of netizens who have to stalk SNS and curse out on any controversial issues.

          • Pap

            Koreatimes? Seriously dude?

          • Sillian

            It doesn’t seem like the petition was started by a Korean netizen. Probably not even by a Russian netizen. Try googling the petition’s address.

            http://www.change.org/ru/%D0%BF%D0%B5%D1%82%D0%B8%D1%86%D0%B8%D0%B8/korean-netizens-apologize-to-adelina-sotnikova

            No Russian website ever mentions it. It’s all Japanese websites and the comments on the petition are mostly in Japanese. You know how those stalking netizens roll. ;)

    • bumfromkorea

      Yes, those Koreans and their victim mentality, as shown in this case by Christine Brennan, Bill Plaschke, Michael Weiss, Katrina Witt, The Atlantic, NBCNews, Washington Post, The Wire, etc.

      Man, these Koreans. Am I right?

      • KoreanNoMore

        You mean those Westerners who also have a vested interest in bashing Russia.

        Don’t you have some rainbow flag you should be waving?

        • Sillian

          I don’t know if this article is pandering to some underlying anti-Russian sentiment but it made me chuckle with its boldness.

    • 2231

      Nope Russian.
      You need to look at the PC values for both players.
      1.
      YuNa
      3Lz+3T 10.10
      3F 5.30
      2A 3.63 x
      3Lz+3T 10.10
      3F 5.30
      3S+2T 5.50
      3Lz 6.60
      2A+2T+2Lo 7.04
      3S 4.62 x
      2A 3.63 x
      Total 61.84

      Sotnikova
      3T+3T 8.20
      3F 5.30
      2A 3.63 x
      3Lz+3T 10.10 (Wrong edge. should get -GOE -1~-2 but Judges gave +GOE.)
      3F 5.30
      3Lo 5.10
      2A+3T 8.14 x
      3F+2T+2Lo 9.24 x
      3S 4.62 x
      2A 3.63 x
      Total 63.26

      the difference is only 1.42 point. She could have easily made up for the lower pc score with artistry and footwork marks.
      Their PCS is almost same in both SP and FP.
      YuNa’s step sequence got level 3 in SP and FP and Adelina got level 4
      and 1.7 GOE. This is fixed from the beginnig.YuNa was robbed of gold medal.

      2 Asada Mao had a harder routine than Sotnikova did. She had 8 triple jumps including a triple axel as opposed to Sotnikova’s 7 triple jumps. Mao was clean while Sotnikova double-landed on a jump, but the judges underscored Mao at 142 opposed to Sotnikova’s 149. So the argument that the judges scored the Russian skater higher based on program difficulty does not hold valid. It would be figure JUMPING, not figure SKATING.

      3. Sotnikova performed the same exact routine a few weeks ago before the Sochi in European Championship. She was all clean but received 131. How can you explain the mark drastically going up by 18 points to 149 even when she was worse? And how can one get a second highest score in ladies free skating history with a double foot landing and low artistry quality??

      4. Sotnikova hugged one of the judges the moment after her gold was announced. And this judge is the wife of the president of Russian figure skating federation. Seriously.

      5. How does Summer olympics and World cup incident justifies that Koreans should be getting karma for Winter Olympics? They are not even the same organization, plus Summer olympics was 30 years go.

  • koreansmack

    Mao was the real champ

  • Pap

    Most of the outcry with charges of Russians cheating came from the west and their media which fanned the flames.

  • Mighty曹

    I was never a Yuna fan but seeing how she accepts being beaten out, amid controversy, so gracefully has won me over. American Ashley can learn from her.

    • chucky3176

      Not only that, but look at the list of charities she’s donated which is posted up here, starting from 2007 to 2013. The list includes earthquake victims in Haiti and Japan, UNICEF, research on children’s disease, etc. I know she makes a lot of money in endorsements, but that at least has to be half her wealth. I didn’t realize how very generous she is. And to think that Japanese netizens accuse her of plastic surgery, and even have dozens of books and blogs specifically written about her saying she cheated by bribing the world judges.. all pretty much ridiculous. This is Japan’s way to disrespect her.

      http://xportsnews.hankyung.com/contents/images/upload/article/2014/0224/1393217515558.jpg

      • takasar1

        Wow… another evil Japanese story? Somehow I’m not too surprised

      • Mighty曹

        I’m so in love with her now. All I can say is “You’ll have to fight me to the death for her!”.

        • markus peg

          Would you cut a ball off to be with her like one of the comments above lol

          • Mighty曹

            Hahaha… that’s where I’ll draw the line. Besides, Yuna wouldn’t want anything missing.

          • Sol

            i just laughed so bad at this comment haha

      • guest

        Of course, your comment would somehow descend into bashing the Japanese in an article that doesn’t even involve them in the slightest…

    • dave

      Yes, Ashley Wagner is just crazy

      • Mighty曹

        Immediately complaining about the scores made her look like a sore loser. (And she wasn’t even placed in the top 4)

        • bumfromkorea

          I just can’t deal with that bright red lipstick.

          • Mighty曹

            Hahaha… yah. She actually looks much better without any makeup. Very sweet looking.

          • whuddyasack

            True. Stupid “favoritism” does it again. Give me Nagasu over Wagner anyday. Even “if” Wagner was a better skater, I’d still prefer watching Nagasu any day of the week. That’s a big “if” right there hahaha.

          • Mighty曹

            Hahaha… you’re a true Nagasu fan.

          • whuddyasack

            Hell yeah ;-)
            Though I was always told I was an unashamed Ando fan and she’d probably still be my favorite long after her retirement hahaha. That 4x will always be her trademark.

            However, Nagasu has such strong heart however you look at it. The way she handled it (not making it at Sochi) was so dignified inspite of the obvious prejudice and injustices. You can imagine how devastated she was, yet she handled it like a true pro, a champ. With grace and honor. She has a lot in common with Yuna i.e. true sportsmanship.

          • Mighty曹

            LOL@’unashamed Ando fan’. Yeah, wasn’t she like 15/16 years old doing the quadruple? Wonder why she tired so young.

          • whuddyasack

            Yeah she was around that age, it was an amazing achievement. I suspect her retirement had to do with some new responsibilities including a daughter.

          • Mighty曹

            Aw.. sad for us but happy for her. :D

          • whuddyasack

            True, we’re all sad to see her go, but yeah, at least she’s happy and I wish her all the happiness a new life can bring. There was a big scandal over it too. I just hope the media can give her the privacy she deserves. They can be annoying at times, my dad hates paparazzi lol.

          • Mighty曹

            Your dad must be a celebrity!

          • whuddyasack

            If only… I can only wish hahaha. But yeah, he’s always on the side of the celebrities. Methinks it is personal bias for the more “attractive” group ;-)

          • Mighty曹

            You must be rubbing elbows with celebs too. Let’s hear some stories about them!

          • whuddyasack

            Yes, I am. But only In my mind lol ;-)

          • Mighty曹

            Hahahaha…. ok, you can keep those stories private. lol

        • dave

          They should have never bumped Mirai Nagasu, the 3rd place finisher at the US National Championships, from the US Olympic team in favor of Wagner. All that for a 7th place finish that the Olympics LOL.

          • Mighty曹

            Someone needs to be held responsible for that. Obviously ‘favoritism’ won over ‘merit’. Mirai should’ve pulled a Vikto Ahn and skated for Japan or even Russia.

  • linette lee

    YuNa is a good athletes. She is a hard working girl and a kind person. She is truly beautiful inside and outside. A true angel. Not fake. She should be the model for all South Korean girls. Not the plastic idols.

  • Sillian

    What do you think about this video?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cVW0h6U3D4

  • mei mei

    love Yuna so much, she’s beautiful and talent

  • Guest

    “For the performance alone, Yuna should have gotten gold. However, in figure skating, subjective judgement for artistic components is inevitably involved and judges can be biased just as you guys want our athletes to win. Of course, home field inflation is disgraceful but what can you do when they are only human? Home inflation has happened numerous times throughout sports history. Don’t get too upset now. What’s really upsetting is those bastards who complain about Yuna’s nationality, ke ke ke. Why do they even complain about it? Do they even know our country’s competitiveness? Ke ke ke. Please don’t go overboard.”

    bless this comment

  • bumfromkorea

    This may be a bittersweet end for Kim Yuna, but a tragedy-in-disguise for Ms. Sotnikova. The level of scrutiny and suspicion she will now have to face, judging from the reactions of the significant majority of the skating world, means that her performances from now on will be judged with “Oh… it’s that girl from Sochi” context consciously or subconsciously. There will be an invisible asterisk next to her that came with the gold medal.

    Which is incredibly unfair. What did Ms. Sotnikova do wrong other than skating her heart out and doing a fantastic job? Her post-competition decorum isn’t exactly up to par, but the consequences of the actions by the judges at Sochi will inevitably and unfairly affect her negatively.

  • Guy Forget

    Consider it a blessing that Yuna has 2nd place and ended her competitive skating career. It’s good to finally not be No.1 and have so much attention. Yuna has already established herself as the GOAT in women’s figure skating and it’s good for her to finally step down and be happy for the rest of her life. The nail that sticks out gets hammered. Just let it be and leave it alone…..this has nothing to do with more Korea Japan hate. SPORT is ultimately just a coverup to keep the masses preoccupied and blinded while the real relevant issues and matters occur under the table and behind closed doors sealing your fate without you even knowing before it’s too late after you wake up from your stupor.

  • chucky3176

    Yahoo Sports columnist Jesse Helms says:

    “Scandal, Fraud, and Death of Figure Skating”

    He rips into to the ISU and the Russian judges and organizers.

    http://voices.yahoo.com/scandal-fraud-death-figure-skating-12547557.html

    Interesting editorial, but Jesse Helms doesn’t sound like a Korean name to me. But is he unjustifiably whining too?

  • guerrinho

    Every four years there are some scandals around the judges at Olympics…

    I’ll just leave this link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k07WWyeOVZA

    • Dooly Sato

      You should also mention about the LA ’84 Games then, how the Americans were homecooking the scores. Koreans were most likely copying from the Americans?

      anyway, the difference between the Seoul and Sochi controversies was that almost ALL Russians thought Adelina was the true winner. Koreans were actually criticizing about the boxing controversy, because something did not look right. from what I know of, the Korean boxer even met up with the American to offer an apology. moreover, due to such controversy the boxing had reformed after that but had become a relic Olympic event.

  • sheila m

    kim yuna should have won.

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