Extra! Korea

March 29, 2009

Kim Yu-na wins world figure skating championship with record-setting score

Filed under: sports — extrakorea @ 5:09 am

Kim Yu-na (also Kim Yeon-ah or 김연아) has won the world figure skating championship with a record-setting score of 207.71. Canadian Joannie Rochette finished second, and former world champion (2007) Miki Ando of Japan came in third. Mao Asada, last year’s world champion, fell on her second triple axel and fell to fourth place.

AP National Writer Nancy Armour said, “(Kim) skates with incredible ease and lightness, seeming almost to fly across the ice. While other skaters slow down as they approach their jumps, trying to steady themselves, she goes full speed ahead. Yet she lands as if she’s touching down on a pillow. She did five triple jumps, three in combination, including a triple flip-triple toe loop combination to open the program.”

AP said there is so much more to her, though. Her edge quality is so high, she carves the ice like a calligrapher. All of her jumps were landed to crescendos in the music, making the music as much a part of her program as any other element. Her footwork was exquisite, and she skated with the elegance of a queen throughout her “Sheherazade” program.

(sources one, two, and three)

Edit/Update:

You can now see videos of her free skate and of the awards ceremony here and here, respectively.

Further Update:

Here is an article about Kim’s early years and her relationship with her mother. There are videos, including one of her being interviewed in English. There’s more on the team that’s stood behind her here.
Her only mistake during her long program is when she singled out of a planned triple salchow. Her performance helped Korea earn two spots at the Winter Olympics.

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