Extra! Korea

January 7, 2010

Kim Yu-na and Mao Asada are not representative of their respective economies

Filed under: economics, sports — extrakorea @ 2:49 am

The Chosun Ilbo recently had an article proposing that Kim Yu-na and Mao Asada were representative of their respective economies. According to it, Kim and Korea have good presentation skills and Mao and Japan have good technical skills.
Rubbish. Kim is overflowing with technical skills. She regularly does triple-triple combinations. (That is, she performs one triple jump followed immediately by another triple jump.) While other skaters slow down before a jump, she actually speeds up. The reason that she has been so dominant and setting records is because of has both superlative technical and presentation skills. The fact that Mao Asada can do the triple Axel (a 3-and-a-half rotation jump) owes as much to sheer brute strength as it does to technical prowess. And the notion that the Japanese lack a sense of aesthetics is ridiculous.

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