Friday, February 26, 2010
Kim Yu-na Triumphant in Long Program : The Pride of South Korea
Pride of of Korea
Kim Yu-na's Olympic triumph cements her status as the megastar of figure skating and the sport's most transcendent personality since Katarina Witt.
She became the first female figure skater to achieve the ``grand slam,'' winning the World Grand Prix Final, Four Continents Championships, World Championships and the Winter Olympics.She is the first South Korean to win an Olympic medal in figure skating, and gold at that, while setting a new world record in the process.
Todd Eldredge, the three-time Olympian, provides analysis from his home in Florida, and the Times reporter John Branch is sending updates from Vancouver. Joanne C. Gerstner and Lynn Zinser contributed insight as well.
Honestly, what I will remember most about this competition is that every single woman in the final group skated the best she could have skated. They all skated fantastic, and to do that in the Olympic Games is so difficult. To have so many great performance made the event so exciting.
It was awesome to see Kim Yu-na perform so well under all that pressure, to win her country’s first figure skating gold medal, that was cool to watch. She was already a rock star in South Korea and she will be even more so now.
Said Todd Eldredge.