Yuna Kim: “I discover something new for myself”

Yuna Kim at 2013 Worlds

2010 Olympic Champion Yuna Kim took lead after the ladies short program at the 2013 World figure skating championships.

Korean skater opened her performance to “Kiss of the Vampire” with a triple Lutz – triple toe combination followed by a triple flip. She also produced a double Axel and picked up a level four for the footwork and the combination spin. Yuna scored 69.97 points.

“I’m glad I was able to skate a short program without major mistakes,” All Sport agency quotes Yuna Kim. “Today I felt the confidence when I was going out on the ice. Last time I took part in such high level event a long time ago but I was focused on the training process and I knew that I’m prepared well for this Worlds. So I was confident.”

On her score:

“I was a little bit surprised when I just saw my score. And I even had a thought that maybe I performed my spins at not enough high level. I was even a little bit angry at the moment! But soon I realized that I did everything I can, so no regrets.”

On her comeback:

“After winning the Olympic Games in Vancouver I felt a kind of devastation because I’ve reached my goal. And it’s difficult to return to the ice after that with previous confidence and being mentally strong. Returning to figure skating after a significant break I discover something new for myself.”

On emotions:

“As I already used to compete during my career against the strongest skaters of the world, I wasn’t nervous so much before taking the ice. Also, I trained in Canada for five years prior to the Olympic Games in 2010, so I’m already familiar with this country. It’s more comfortable to make a comeback in the country where you won Olympics.”

“Now I just want to have a good rest in order to be well prepared for the free skating.”

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