Yuna Kim

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The 2010 Olympic champion.

Kim was born in 1990 in Bucheon, Gyeonggi-do, and moved to Gunpo when she was six years old.

South Korea first sat up and paid attention to Yuna Kim during the 2004-2005 season when she placed second at the Junior Grand Prix Final, earning Korea's first international medal in the history of figure skating.

Making her senior international debut in 2006, Yuna Kim came to prominence when she claimed two gold medals in a row at the 2006-2007 season and 2007-2008 Grand Prix Finals. At the 2007 World Championships in Tokyo, Yuna Kim short program, Tango de Roxanne, blew the competition away by earning the highest score (71.95 points) ever under the current ISU judging system.

May 2007, Yuna Kim took a leap forward in her figure skating career. At the 2007 Cup of Russia, she set the world record, 133.70 points, for the ladies long program, skating to the musical Miss Saigon with perfect techniques and presentation skills. Yuna Kim also fulfilled her potential by earning two extra points in her triple flip-triple toe loop combination in three events in a row.

During the 2008-2009 season, Kim clinched the gold, skating the Danse Macabre with her breathtaking performance in her black costume for the short program and Scheherazade with her artistic expressions for the free skating.

At the 2009 World Championships, Kim topped her own world record in the short program with 76.12 points and won with an overall score of 207.71 points, the world's best record. Yuna Kim became the only one who earned more than 8 points in Program Component Scores among world figure skaters. Kim broke the world record again with a total of total of 228.56 points, en-route to winning the gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Kim is a huge celebrity in South Korea. She is also appointed as an ambassador for the 2010-2012 Visit Korea Year.

On July 12, 2010, UNICEF announced: The 2010 Olympic gold winner, who has long been supportive of UNICEF’s work on behalf of the world’s children, was motivated to step up her engagement following the devastating earthquake in Haiti; And appointed the international skating sensation Yuna Kim as its newest Goodwill Ambassador.

On October 12, 2010, Kim was honored with the highly coveted Sportswoman of the Year Award by the Women’s Sports Foundation. Kim was chosen for her many outstanding achievements. In her acceptance speech, Kim said, “I am glad for this opportunity to bring more attention to the sport of figure skating so that more girls can become interested and inspired to participate”.

"Queen on Ice," Yuna Kim is the national figure skating icon in Korea. "Samsung Anycall-Hauzen 2010 All That Skate Summer," the latest ice show in South Korea, was successfully held in Seoul with world famous figure skating stars including "Queen" Kim Yuna.

In October 2010, Kim successfully hosted an ice show in Los Angeles, California.

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RepresentsThe Republic of Korea 대한민국
Height 5'5"
Level Senior
Birthday September 05, 1990
Birth Place Gunpo
Home Town Gunpo
Training Town Seoul
Coach Shin Hea-sook, Ryu Jong-hyun
Choreographer(s) David Wilson
Website http://www.yunakim.com/

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