Members of the Toronto, Cricket Skating & Curling Club honored the club’s shining star, Yu-Na Kim, at a celebratory bash on Wednesday afternoon.
“This is our Olympic celebration for our Olympic gold medalist, Yu-Na. Like all great stars, you are known by one name, Yu-Na - right?” master of ceremonies, Tracy Wilson said with good humor.
“On behalf of all the club members I just want to thank you for everything you have accomplished - and not just what you did in Vancouver. I know you don’t notice it because you are so busy every day with your work, but people are constantly coming through the club … and the buzz that you have created and the amount of enjoyment and pleasure that you have brought to everyone here - thank you so much and congratulations.”
Spencer Buchanan spoke on behalf of the club’s skaters. “I just want to start with a quick story about my first day at this club,” he said. “I came from a very small club and my coach told me I could get in anyone’s way except for one person. That was Miss Yu-Na Kim. I wondered who is Yu-Na Kim - but now we all know who Yu-Na is.”
“You have been such an inspiration, you are such a great role model. It has trickled all the way down to the junior levels and I am sure every skater here agrees,” Buchanan added. “Just to see what it takes to be at the top level – on behalf of all the skaters, I just want to say thank you for being so great. It has been really awesome.”
Wilson noted that watching her coach Brian Orser at rink side is almost as much fun as watching Kim compete. “Coming from the television world there are no better replays than Yu-Na going into the triple-triple and then there is a little picture at the bottom of the screen of Brian going through the jumps with her,” Wilson said with humor.
“Thank you so much everyone. I really love training here with all the skaters and oh, of course, the coaches,” the 2010 Olympic champion said with a laugh. “They all helped me to improve and to train harder.”
Kim was presented with a commemorative plaque that will be displayed at the club to honor her historic achievement in Vancouver.