Kim Yuna will miss the 2011-12 Grand Prix Reigning Olympic gold medalist Yu-na Kim of South Korea will not compete this season,
Kim told reporters today that she is giving herself a longer break from competitive skating, saying, “After the Vancouver Olympics last year, it’s been a whirlwind of activities on top of all the preparations for competitions. I felt I needed to take a breather.”
So that is that. So now there is no Miki Ando and no Yu-na Kim this year. Chances are good we’ll get a brand new world champ this season and it will be interesting watching it. I feel like spectators are always missing out when Kim decides not to compete, however. If she does come back, I hope she does the whole season next time and not just worlds. No word yet on whether Kim is actually retiring.
Figure skater Kim Yu-na to sit out entire season
INCHEON, Oct. 18 (Yonhap) — Figure skater Kim Yu-na said Tuesday she will sit out the entire 2010-11 season but denied she was retiring from the sport.
“I’ve decided not to enter any event this upcoming season,” Kim told reporters at Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul, upon returning from her training camp in Los Angeles. “After the Vancouver Olympics last year, it’s been a whirlwind of activities on top of all the preparations for competitions. I felt I needed to take a breather.”
After winning gold in ladies’ singles in Vancouver with a record total of 228.56 points, Kim didn’t compete in any of the Grand Prix events organized by the International Skating Union (ISU) the following season. She only entered the world championships in April this year, and finished second behind Miki Ando of Japan.
2006-2007 Grand Prix Final
At the 2006-2007 Grand Prix Final in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Kim Yu-Na was placed 3rd in the short program with 65.06 points and 1st place in the free skate with 119.14. points. Yu-Na won the Grand Prix Final with 184.20 points, 11.68 points ahead of silver medalist Mao Asada.