Kim Yuna at the 2010 Winter Olympics

How time flies so fast! It’s almost the middle of February and it’s only five days until the 2010 Winter Olympics. Unlike the Beijing Olympics, there are no ping pong tables on any of the events. The sporting competition will be held from February 12-28 in Vancouver, Canada. We will also be celebrating the lunar new year or “seollal” here in Korea from February 13-15. It’s “seollal” and Valentine’s Day on the 14th!

South Korea is competing with 45 athletes in seven events this Winter Olympics. Korea had won medals mostly in short track speed skating in the past. It is the only Asian country in the top 10 medal tally during the Torino Winter Olympics with 6 golds, 3 silvers and 2 bronzes.


Screencap of Kim Yuna’s Official Website

This Olympics everyone is anticipating Kim Yuna’s participation in the figure skating event. She is referred to as “The Queen” here in Korea and rightfully so since she’s been reigning in major international figure skating events. She is also a “CF Queen” endorsing products like KB (Kookmin Bank), Samsung Anycall, Lacvert (cosmetics), Maeil (milk), and more.

The first time I learned about Kim Yuna was around 2005. I read about the then-14 year old in an article on Chosun Ilbo. Now she will be participating in the Winter Olympics and everyone’s wishing her the best – and the gold!

13 comments

  1. oh… i love kim yuna… i spent some of my (work) time then back in P.I. watching her on youtube after reading about her at the Korea Times. she’s magic. i hope she wins…

  2. hi! i’ve been reading your blog (after stumbling upon it on accident sometime back). i love to watch yuna’s skating a lot and i think she’s got this magic that other skaters don’t have (i keep up with elite figure skating). however, i hear that yuna says bad things about other skaters… is it true? i also hear that korean media says bad things about japanese skaters since yuna has many japanese rivals, mainly mao asada. i’m also a huge fan of mao and i’m very very curious of what the korean media says about mao. sorry this post was long and random. cheers, and thanks for your time!

    1. “i hear that yuna says bad things about other skaters… is it true?”
      No, It’s not true. Jealous Japanese are desperately making up stories to ruin Kim’s reputation and hurt her mental spirits. How terrible. You don’t believe in evrything on Internet, do you? Sigh…

        1. 😀 The Korean media is not Yuna. And they aren’t exactly a group of saints. Sometimes I like them, but most of the time I can’t stand them – as they are a lot of times one sided.

          I don’t think our admiration of Yuna should be affected by what the others do. I admire her for her talent and I think she’s a good role model for Korean girls to emulate.

  3. Well, she’s really famous and most of my Korean students are really proud of her.
    One of my student actually showed me a picture of her which really interest me. From then I watch her carrer through the sports channel .She’s not just pretty but a talented korea too!
    Good luck kim Yuna!

      1. hi bechay^^..happy valentine’s din sa ‘yo..yeah do tell me if you’re home already this summer okie^^would you like to have some “halo-halo” then..masarap ‘yon^^

  4. sweetestD is obviously another Japanese troll who hides behind the comfort of a keyboard and talks negatively about S. Korea constantly. These idiots do not stop, it’s like the Japanese Government is funding these idiots to leave negative comments on everything Korean on Youtube, internet blogs, everywhere….

    Also if you are going to claim that Kim Yuna said bad things about Japanese figure skaters at least have the mental capacity to link a fake Japanese video of her doing so. Otherwise please keep your “claims” to yourself and go troll on Youtube where you racists Right wing Japanese spend 24/7 leaving hateful comments on Koreans.

    Pathetic people….

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