The 2010 Winter Olympics has finally ended. I guess that’s a signal that winter is also over and it’s time to shop for spring clothes, BCBG Max Azria bags, light cardigans and open-toe shoes! I love spring and it’s the only reason I could tolerate winter.
Did you watch the closing ceremony? This, by far, is the most exciting Winter Olympics for me. It is also the best for Korea in terms of medal tally. Based on the old method of counting gold medals, Korea is at number five on the medal tally with six golds, six silvers and two bronzes. This Olympics is also full of drama – a Georgian athlete died two days before the opening, a prominent figure skater’s mom died a few days before her event, Korea’s women’s short track team was disqualified after a gold medal-winning performance on the 3000m relay, Apollo Anton Ohno got disqualified and of course – Kim Yuna proved that she is indeed the queen of figure skating.
On Sunday night, KBS showed a “Kim Yuna Special” focusing on her rise to fame and her rivalry with Asada Mao. I learned a lot about the Japanese skater through that documentary. In a video clip taken four years ago, Kim Yuna was shown falling on her butt several times practicing her jumps. She said in an interview afterwards that “Asada Mao is special, I’m only an ordinary athlete.”
Kim Yuna and Asada Mao were born only 20 days apart. The Japanese skater started figure skating just a year earlier. The two were said to be good friends, that every time Kim Yuna visited Japan, Asada Mao would accompany her shopping. They are rivals and yet they are good friends.
The documentary also showed Asada Mao’s interview after her performance at the free skating competition. I could understand why she wasn’t smiling during the medal ceremony. In a television guesting a few years ago, she said that she all she hopes for is to join the Olympics and win a gold medal. In her interview, she said that she did her best but it wasn’t enough to win against her rival. People watching in Japan in an appliance store also cried with her.
We have two more sports events to wait for this year: the World Cup in summer and Asian Games in the fall. We’ll be cheering for the Korean and Philippine team for the latter!