Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Kim Yu-Na

Kim Yu-Na (born September 5, 1990 in Bucheon, Gyeonggi-do) is a South Korean figure skater.

She is the 2010 Winter Olympics champion in ladies singles, and the 2009 World champion, the 2009 Four Continents champion, a three-time (2006–2007, 2007–2008, 2009–2010) Grand Prix Final champion, the 2006 World Junior champion, the 2005–2006 Junior Grand Prix Final champion and a four-time (2002–2005) South Korean national champion.

Kim is the first South Korean figure skater who has medaled at an ISU Junior or Senior Grand Prix event, ISU Championship, or Olympic Games. She is one of the most highly recognized athletes and media figures in South Korea. She is the first female skater to win all of the ISU World Championships, the ISU Grand Prix Final, the ISU Four Continents Championships and the Winter Olympic Games.

As of February 2010, Kim is ranked first in the world by the International Skating Union (ISU). She is also the current record holder for ladies in the short program, the free skating and the combined total under the ISU Judging System. She was the first female skater to surpass the 200-point mark under the ISU Judging System.

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