Extra! Korea

March 22, 2010

Kim Yu-na goes to Turin to defend her world title

Filed under: sports — extrakorea @ 1:52 pm

Kim Yu-na is going to Turin, Italy, to defend her world title. If she is successful, she will be the first woman to do so since Michelle Kwan did it in 2000 and 2001. Canada’s Joannie Rochette won’t be there, but Italy’s Carolina Kostner will be, as will the Japanese trio of Mao Asada, Miki Ando and Akiko Suzuki.

Asada, who has been in a heated rivalry with Kim since they both entered senior level competition in 2006, has vowed to beat Kim at Turin and surpass her scores since the Olympics ended.

The short program will be this Friday, and the free skate is on Saturday.

In case you are wondering, here is how Yu-na stacks up against some of the other all-time greats (I’m counting the number of gold medals in Olympic or World competitions):

* Sonja Henie: 3 Olympics, 10 Worlds

* Carol Heiss: 1 Olympics, 5 Worlds

* Katarina Witt: 2 Olympics, 4 Worlds

* Michelle Kwan: 5 Worlds

* Kim Yu-na: 1 Olympics, 1 Worlds

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