Extra! Korea

February 22, 2010

Kim Yu-na to skate 23rd; tragedy strikes Joannie Rochette

Filed under: sports — extrakorea @ 3:06 pm

Kim Yu-na will be the 23rd out of 30 skaters in the ladies’ figure skating short program, which takes place on Tuesday, February 23rd.

21 – Laura Lepisto (Finland)

22 – Mao Asada (Japan)

23 – Kim Yu-na (South Korea)

24 – Akiko Suzuki (Japan)

25 – Alena Leonova (Russia)

26 – Joannie Rochette (Canada)

27 – [I’m not sure but I’m guessing Hungary’s Júlia Sebestyén]

28 – Rachael Flatt (USA)

29 – Carolina Kostner (Italy)

30 – Miki Ando (Japan)

Kim and Mao Asada expressed relief that they weren’t to skate last. Miki Ando, who will do so, said that while she usually doesn’t mind skating last, she wishes she weren’t at the Olympics. Ando also noted that the favorite doesn’t always win the gold medal, citing how, at the last Olympics, Shizuka Arakawa came out of nowhere to defeat Irina Slutskaya and Sasha Cohen for the gold medal. Kim’s coach, Brian Orser, knows this very well. He once went into the Olympics the reigning world champion, and lost the gold medal by the slimmest of margins.

Orser has said that if Kim performs without any mistakes, she’s unbeatable … but that’s a big “if.” Having said that, I think that even if she makes some small errors, she’ll probably find her way onto some position on the podium. She’d probably have to pancake herself, spreadeagled, onto the ice to finish out of the medals altogether. I think that there are about six or seven girls who could find themselves with a medal.

One of those young women suffered a tragedy this past Sunday. After traveling to Vancouver from Montreal to watch her daughter compete at the Olympics, Therese Rochette, Joannie Rochette’s mother, died of a heart attack. Incredibly, Joannie still intends to compete. Kim Yu-na sent her condolences to her grieving competitor.

“I just heard before practice. I just hope that she can get through this quickly and get back into the competition.”

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4 Comments »

  1. My prayers are with Ms Rochette’s family. There’s never a good time for such a tragedy, but there are particularly bad times.

    Comment by kushibo — February 23, 2010 @ 2:16 am

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  4. My condolences for Ms. Rochette. I hope she can perform the best.

    Comment by Maxine — February 25, 2010 @ 10:12 am


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