Friday, February 26, 2010

Hail to the "Queen" Yu Na

She was so good that she should have been in a class all by herself, Kim Yu Na of South Korea won gold in ladies' figure skating last night. She shattered the previous high score, and beat silver medalist and rival, Japan's Mao Asada, by 23 points. She set new world records in the short program, free skate, and overall score; "I thought, is this score something that's really possible? ... This is the best performance I have ever done." Queen Yu Na, as she is known to her fans, says she hopes to defend her win at the world championships next month in Torino. She is already thinking about Sochi in 2014, and hopes that South Korea will be able to host the Games in 2018. At only 19 years of age, Kim dazzled the audience with a sophisticated performance that was as close to perfection as one can get. The commentators said that Kim has all the elements that the judges look for with the new scoring system.
Mao Asada became the first woman to land two triple axels in a free skate, quite the achievement for the woman who was not eligible to skate at the last Olympics and was the 2008 world champion.
Joannie Rochetee of Canada displayed courage that most people don't have, even if they try. Just a week after losing her mom to a heart attack, Rochette skated the free program of her life, and not only captured our hearts but the bronze medal. Her dad sat in the stands and cried when her program was over. Rochette says that watching Kim and Asada inspired her to compete and focus on the things she needed to focus on.

Ladies' Figure Skating
1. Gold-- Kim Yu Na, South Korea, 228.56
2. Silver-- Mao Asada, Japan, 205.50
3. Bronze-- Joannie Rochette, Canada, 202.64

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