Two skating stars are in the news: Jennifer Robinson is a new mom and Yu-Na Kim is the focus of a new TV special.
And Baby Makes Three
Jennifer Robinson and husband Shane Dennison are new parents. Their first child, a girl, was born Feb. 2, 2010 at 6:12 a.m. at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie, Ont. They named their daughter Reese McKenna Dennison,
"Reese decided not to wait and wanted to be part of the 2010 Games as a spectator. I was expecting her five weeks from now ... so this was a big surprise but a welcome one," said Robinson from her hospital room in Barrie.
"Both Jennifer and the baby are doing great," the proud new father added.
Robinson will travel o Vancouver, a week later than planned to fulfill her duties with CTV as a commentator for the Olympic Games ladies and ice dance figure skating events, according to her agent David Baden of IMG.
"This is such a happy time in our lives, Shane and I were anxious to have a child and holding her in my arms is a feeling I cannot begin to describe," Robinson said.
Robinson, Dennison and their new child will spend one week at home for the week and then it is back to business. Robinson will thenmake the trip to Vancouver with her family for the 2010 Olympics Games where she will be working for CTV. Robinson's mother, Louise Robinson, will accompany the family to Vancouver.
Robinson, a six-time Canadian champion, plans to resume her work with Rogers TV and to skating once she returns home in March, Baden said.
Photo at top: Robinson, Dennison and their daughter; Courtesy IMG
Discovery Channel Special For Yu-Na Kim
Discovery Asia will feature a special on 2009 World champion Yu-Na Kim later this month. "Hip Korea: Yu-Na Kim -- Seoul Spirit" will premieres on the Discovery Channel South East Asia on Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. and on Discovery Channel North Asia on March 9 at 10 p.m.
The show will take a look into Kim's life to reveal why she is Korea's golden girl. Still in her teens, the South Korean superstar is on the verge of becoming one of the greatest figure skaters in history. Kim has become a symbol of grace and triumph for people of her generation in Asia. Discovery Channel's "Hip Korea: Yu-Na Kim -- Seoul Spirit" traces her journey across continents from her home in Korea, to her training base in Toronto, Canada, as she prepares for the season's trials.
A lifetime of tenacity and determination paid off for Kim when she clinched the ladies crown at the 2009 World Figure Skating Championships, the first Korean to ever do so. Just 19 year old, she is already regarded as a national hero.
In the capital city of Seoul, Kim's influence as a role model for the growing power of Korean women extends beyond the ice skating rink. Through interviews with Korea's first astronaut So-Yeon Yi and the hottest new girl-group 2NE1, the special will outline how Kim is seen as a leader of a hip young generation of Korean women who are coming of age in the 21st century.
"Hip Korea: Yu-Na Kim -- Seoul Spirit" also looks at how the sport of figure skating is being transformed. With the advancements in modern sports science, coaches and athletes like Kim are able to gain unprecedented insight into training methods and further enhance athletic performance. The program takes viewers into the heart of Seoul, where Kim participated in an ice-skating performance alongside world-renowned stars, and offers passionate fans a firsthand look at her latest moves.
Hip Korea is a broadcast initiative by Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific in partnership with the Seoul Metropolitan Government. The series is a co-production with Bang Singapore Pte Ltd.