Extra! Korea

January 1, 2010

Kim Yu-na shouldn’t be pressured into competing at the Four Continents Championships

Filed under: sports, Uncategorized — extrakorea @ 3:14 am

The president of the International Skating Union (ISU) has asked the president of the Korea Skating Union (KSU) to persuade Kim Yu-na to compete in the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships.

The request places the KSU in a difficult position as Kim has already announced that she will not compete in the event, which is scheduled to be held in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province, from Jan. 27 to 30. Kim has decided to stay at her training base in Toronto in order to focus on final preparations for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver in February.

Kim’s management agency IB Sports confirmed her decision. “Participating in the Four Continents competition would cost a whole week, with flying back and forth, adjusting to time zones, and competing,” the agency said. “This would be very burdensome for a skater who is preparing for the Olympics coming up in a month.”

I think that Kim should resist being persuaded to go. Flying will take about a dozen hours each way, plus there will be several days of severe jet lag each time. At this point, the Olympics are the only competition that matter. Also, there’s the pressure of competing in Korea. She lost at the 2008 Grand Prix, and later said that competing in her home country was a factor. Even if she wins, she gains nothing, as she’s been so dominant this season that people are expecting her to win.

If she loses, she’s screwed, because she’s both lost a lot of valuable training time and lost momentum. Mao Asada and Akiko Suzuki, who were in first and second place at the recent Japanese championships, will be competing there, and would love to score a victory over Kim so close to the Olympics. So, as far as I’m concerned, it’s a no-win situation for Kim to go there.

1 Comment »

  1. […] Filed under: sports — extrakorea @ 1:51 pm You might recall that, in a previous post, I wrote that Kim Yu-na should not be persuaded to compete at the Four Continents Championships, […]

    Pingback by Kim Yu-na won’t go to the Four Continents Championships « Extra! Korea — January 6, 2010 @ 1:51 pm

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