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Two-time Olympic medallist Yuna Kim of the Republic of Korea set a new world points record when she won gold at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.

Junior champion

Yuna Kim won her first major title in 2006, when she claimed gold in the World Junior Championships ahead of Mao Asada, the Japanese skater who would later become one of her main rivals at senior level.
Her subsequent progress led her to the 2009 World Championship title, as she saw off the challenge of Canada’s Joannie Rochette, and that meant that when she took her Olympic bow the following year in Vancouver, she was firm favourite for gold.

James Bond Girl

Kim chose to perform her short programme to a medley of soundtracks from the James Bond movies, impressing both the public and the judges with her technical prowess and bold artistry, executing flawless sequences of the most difficult jumps such as triple lutz and triple toe loops to set a new world record of 78.50 points and take a comfortable lead going into the decisive free programme

New world record

This time performing to the music of George Gershwin, Kim produced another series of perfectly executed triple jumps to underline her supremacy in the technical elements. Her interpretation of the choreography was equally majestic, and her score of 150.06 was another new world record.
On the world’s biggest stage, she had produced the best performance of her career, and was crowned Olympic champion with a new combined world record total of 228.56 points, a benchmark that nobody has since been able to better. She also claimed the honour of becoming the first female figure skater from Republic of Korea to win Olympic gold.

Ambassador for 2018

Kim followed up her impressive exploits on the Olympic stage in Vancouver with consecutive second place finishes at the Worlds in 2010 and 2011. She then decided to take a two-year sabbatical from the rink. “After the Games last year, I found myself caught up in a whirlwind of activities, on top of all the preparations for competitions. I felt I needed a break,” she explained in October 2011.
However she remained very much at the centre of the Olympic stage, agreeing to become an ambassador for PyeongChang’s bid to host the 2018 Winter Games. On 6 July 2012 in Durban (RSA) she stepped up to deliver a stirring presentation to the IOC members, which helped secure the Games for the Korean city in the first round of voting.

Silver swansong in Sochi

Kim returned to the rink in 2013 and in March won her second world title in London (CAN). A year later she headed for Sochi to defend her Olympic title, and was once again firm favourite. After just edging a three-way contest with Russia’s Adelina Sotnikova and Carolina Kostner of Italy in the short programme, she delivered another fine performance in the free programme, but on this occasion had to settle for silver behind the teenage Sotnikova. Immediately after stepping off the podium, Kim announced that she would be retiring from competition to pursue other interests.

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Yuna Kim welcomes world to PyeongChang

With the 2018 Olympics a year away, the Vancouver figure skating gold medallist tells us what we can expect from the host venue.
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Vancouver 2010 Figure Skating Women

South Korea’s Yuna Kim made history in Vancouver, setting a new world record points total in the women’s figure skating thanks to an exquisite free skate that will live long in the memory of all those who watched it.
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Figure Skating - Ladies' Free Program - Adelina Sotnikova Wins Gold

Highlights of the Free Program section of the Ladies' Figure Skating at the Iceberg Skating Palace as Adelina Sotnikova wins the gold for Russia at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

 

Medal Winners:
Gold: Adelina Sotnikova (RUS)
Silver: Yuna Kim (KOR)
Bronze: Carolina Kostner (ITA)

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PyeongChang 2018 One Year to Go Event
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PyeongChang 2018 One Year to Go Event

Yuna Kim, gold medalist in figure skating, third from left, hands over the torch to Magnus Kim, a cross country athlete and YOG medalist, during the PyeongChang 2018 One Year to Go Event on February 9, 2017 in PyeongChang.
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PyeongChang 2018 One Year to Go Event
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PyeongChang 2018 One Year to Go Event

Yuna Kim, gold medalist in figure skating, holds a doll of Soohorang, the mascot, during the press briefing before the PyeongChang 2018 One Year to Go Event on February 9, 2017 in PyeongChang.
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Figure Skating - Ladies' Free Skating - Yuna Kim - Korea - Silver Medallist

Yuna Kim of South Korea competes in the Figure Skating Ladies' Free Skating
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