Yuna Kim: 2010 Olympic Gold Medalist in Figure Skating
Yuna Kim, or Kim Yu-Na, as she is known in her homeland of South Korea. She is the 2010 Olympic Gold Medalist, and this is her story. Kim began figure skating at the age of 7. Coaches felt that Yuna had the makings to be a huge star in the sport of figure skating. Thus, coaches encourages Kim's mother to take her training to a more elite level. In 2002, Yuna Kim had her first major competition, where in her first try she placed first and won a gold medal. A year after her first gold medal, she won a national competition, another gold medal for the young prodigy. Kim became the youngest person in history to win the title. Each year, she kept collecting titles and medals. She is the greatest firgure skater in South Korea's history. She is not only a major figure skating force, but in her country she is an A-list star.
In 2010, she cemented her reign as queen of the ice. She became an Olympic gold medalist. She because of her figure skating record has had many endorsements and commercials. In 2010, "Forbes" magazine listed Yuna Kim as one of the richest, most commercial althletes of the year. Besides her successes as a giant figure skating star, she has a substantial growing career in music as well. In 2010, she was named as an ambassador for South Korea. In 2010, she also became an author for a children's book about her time in the sport of figure skating.
She also seems to be a lover of fashion, and her constumes for figure skating always seems to reflect that appreciation and interest. A goddess on and off the ice, has to be ready for her photo to be taken.
Kim understands her role as a major celebrity in her country, and continues to be involved in great charitable giving. The projects and charities are staggering, and she is continues to use her influence for good and change. She has given a total sum of 1.7 million, and the number continues to grow each year.
In 2011, Kim announced that she would not be skating for the entire season. In 2012, she announced that her intention is to return to the Olympic ice in 2013. Will she be a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist in the winter of 2014? Only time will tell, but one thing is for sure is, Yuna Kim has left her mark on the sport of figure skating, and her home country, South Korea, forever.