Kim Yu-Na 2007 Cup of Russia
Most Recent Results :
Event Points Finish Year
2009 Skate America 187.98 1st 2009
2009 Trophée Eric Bompard 210.03 1st 2009
2010 Vancouver Olympics 228.56 1st 2010

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

She is the 2010 Vancouver Olympic champion, 2009 World Champion, 2009 Four Continents champion, 2007 & 2008 World bronze medalist, three-time Grand Prix Final Champion (2006-2007, 2009), 2006 World Junior Champion and five-time South Korean National Champion (2001-2005).

Kim Yu-Na is the first woman ever to break the total of 200 points under the new scoring system at 2009 World Figure Skating Championships in Los Angeles (She got 207.71 total at this event.) Kim holds the highest scores for both Short Program (78.50) and Free Skating programs (150.06), and total (228.56) under the new ISU Judging System. She is the first skater to have received +2.00 point of GOE (Grade of Execution or bonus point so to speak)for triple flip-triple toe combination jumps under the new judging system. (She also got +2.20 point of GOE for triple lutz-triple toe combination jumps at 2009 Skate America.)

Kim is the first South Korean figure skater to: medal at a Junior Grand Prix event, win a Junior Grand Prix event, medal at a Grand Prix event, win a Grand Prix event, win the Grand Prix Final, medal at an ISU Championships, win an ISU Championships, or medal at the World Championships. She is one of the most highly recognized athletes and media figures in South Korea. Kim is currently ranked first in the world.

Latest NewsEdit

  • Kim Yu-Na is expected to make 10 billion South Korean won (6.52 million USD) in sponsorship deals in 2009. This is more than double the 4 billion won (2.6 million USD) Kim earned from advertising last year. [1] Companies such as LG Healthcare & Household and Maeil Dairy Industry pay Kim 1 billion won ($740,000) for a year long contract. Other companies Kim endorses include Kookmin Bank, Hyundai, P&G, Samsung, Ivy Club and Nike. [2] It is estimated that Kim's value will increase by 50% by the beginning of the 2010 Olympics. [1]Sponsors plan to use Kim Yu-Na as a symbol of hope to look up to during a rough economy.
  • Kim Yu-Na won the women's title at the 2009 Four Continents figure skating event. [3]
  • Right after Kim's Four Continents Victory, former Grand National Party Chairwoman Park praised Kim in her personal blog saying: "Figure skater Kim Yu-na has given the people hope and courage." [4] The minor conservative Liberty Forward Party put out a statement saying, "We congratulate Kim Yu-na on her victory, and her win is a great feat that has promoted Korea’s unlimited potential and latent capacity." [4]


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Yu na Kim Scheherazade Animation ver

2007World KIM Yu-na FS-The Lark Ascending (미국 ESPN)05:51

2007World KIM Yu-na FS-The Lark Ascending (미국 ESPN)

This animation is one of the most popular YouTube videos in Korea in February. Free Skate from the 2007 Worlds via ESPN
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Kim yu-na CBC 2009 ISU 4CC SP Danse macabre

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Kim Yu-na Dream on ice 2007 . Just a Girl . 김연아

2009 Four Continents Short Program Skating to "Just a Girl" by No Doubt
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Ad for Samsung's Hahaha campaign to provide encouragement during difficult times Kim's second Nike ad

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  • Kim was voted "Sports Star of the Year" in a 2008 Gallup poll, followed by Park Tae-hwan Korea's first gold medalist for swimming. [5]
  • Kim's favorite skater is Michelle Kwan. [6]
  • Kim's hobbies include surfing the Internet and listening to music. [6]
  • Kim is involved in a lot of charity campaigns including IVY club school uniform donation, Maeil Milk donation, the Daesin Investment Forum scholarship for youth skaters and the China Sichaun Supprt donation "I Love Asia" project. [6]
  • Kim has been dubbed "little sister of the nation" in Korea. [7]


I know everyone wants to pit me against Asada, but as I’ve always done, I’d like to stay focused on my own performance. [8]
I’d heard there were many Koreans living in Vancouver, but I didn’t expect such huge cheering. The place will feel like a home to me at the Winter Olympics next year. [9]
[Getting] the best-ever score never entered my mind. I want to keep this going through the free skating. [8]
I think it's half talent and half effort. You can't find your talent properly if you don't try. [10]
I would like to see Korean skaters skating at this level so we can all compete in the world. [11]
I wish my competitors do their best, as much as I do for myself. But I only want to concentrate on my own performance without much worrying about the rivalry. [12]

Personal lifeEdit

Kim 08WD by Carmichael

Kim Yu-Na was born in 1990 in Bucheon, South Korea and moved to Gunpo when she was 6 years old. In 2006, she moved to Toronto, Canada for training. Kim has been admitted to Korea University, which she believes can best help her to continue her career as a figure skater. She will become a freshman in March, 2009, but she will continue to train in Toronto, Canada for the time being.


Novice careerEdit

Yuna Kim 2008SAFS

Kim Yu-Na began skating at the age of 6 at her mother's encouragement. In 2002, she competed internationally for the first time at the Triglav Trophy where she won the novice competition. In 2003, at age 12, she became the youngest lady to win the senior title at the South Korean Figure Skating Championships. She won her second international competition, the novice competition at the Golden Bear of Zagreb in 2003.

Junior careerEdit

2004–2005 seasonEdit

In the 2004–2005 season, Kim was internationally Junior age eligible. She competed on the ISU Junior Grand Prix, the Junior complement to the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating. She won the silver medal in China and the gold medal in Hungary. She won the silver medal at the Junior Grand Prix Final with an overal score 35.08 points behind the gold medalist, future rival Mao Asada. Kim won the senior national title on her way to the 2005 World Junior Figure Skating Championships. At that competition, Kim won the silver medal, again behind Asada.

2005–2006 seasonEdit

For the 2005–2006 season, the choice was made for Kim Yu-Na to remain on the Junior Grand Prix. She was not old enough to compete at the 2006 Olympics even if South Korea qualified for a spot at the final qualifying competition, the 2005 Karl Schäfer Memorial, and so Kim remained on the Junior Grand Prix. Kim won both her Junior Grand Prix events to qualify for the Junior Grand Prix Final. She won the Junior Grand Prix Final with a score that was 28.34 points ahead of silver medalist Aki Sawada. Kim won her fourth senior national title. At the 2006 World Junior Figure Skating Championships, she competed against the defending champion Mao Asada. Kim won the gold medal with a 24.19 margin of victory.

Senior careerEdit

2006–2007 seasonEdit

Kim Yu-Na skates

Kim made her senior international debut at 2006 Skate Canada where she won a bronze medal after winning the short program and placing fourth in the free skate.She won the 2006 Trophée Eric Bompard with a score 10.1 points above silver medalist Miki Ando. Her win and bronze medal qualified Kim for the first time for the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. At the 2006 Grand Prix Final, held in St. Petersburg, Russia, Kim placed third in the short program and won the long program, to win the title overall, with a margin of victory of 11.68 ahead of silver medalist Mao Asada. Kim originally intended to defend her title at the 2006–2007 South Korean Championships, but was forced to withdraw with injury before the event. In January 2007, Kim was diagnosed with early-stage lumbar disc herniation (L4~L5). Kim was selected to compete at the 2007 World Figure Skating Championships based on her performance from the season so far. Because of the placement of Choi Ji Eun the year before, South Korea had only one spot to the World Championships.

In March 2007, at the 2007 World Championships in Tokyo, Kim won the short program, setting the short program world record for the highest score under the ISU Judging System. She placed fourth in the long program and placed third overall. She was 8.31 points behind silver medalist Mao Asada and 5.91 points ahead of fourth place finisher Kimmie Meissner. Kim's performance qualified South Korea two ladies entries for 2008.

2007–2008 seasonEdit

Kim started off the 2007–2008 season winning the 2007 Cup of China with a score that was 24.34 points ahead of silver medalist Caroline Zhang. At the 2007 Cup of Russia, Kim won both the short program and the long program to finish 24.43 points ahead of silver medalist Yukari Nakano. At that competition, Kim set a world record for long program under the ISU Judging System. Kim's two wins qualified her for the 2007–2008 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in Turin, Italy, where she went in as the reigning and defending champion. She won the short program and placed second in the long program to win her second Grand Prix Final competition by 5.24 points ahead of Asada. Kim chose not to compete at the 2007–2008 South Korean nationals and withdrew from the 2008 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships a week before the event due to a hip injury.

Kim recovered in time to compete at the 2008 World Figure Skating Championships. She was fifth in the short program after she fell on triple lutz jump. She won the long program and placed third overall, winning her second consecutive bronze medal at the World Championships.

2008–2009 seasonEdit

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Kim's assignments for the 2008–2009 season are 2008 Skate America and the 2008 Cup of China. At Skate America Kim placed first in the short program with a score of 69.50, separating herself from the rest of the field by a margin of 11.70 points despite having trouble on her double axel. She went on to capture the ladies title by winning the long program as well with a score of 123.95, more than 20 points ahead of silver medalist Yukari Nakano. The success continued at the 2008 Cup of China, where she received a score of 63.64 in the short program and 128.11 in the long program. And She earned a Level 4 on all three of her spins and her spiral sequence. The combined total of 191.75 was nearly 21 points ahead of silver medallist Miki Ando, and guaranteed Kim a place in the ISU Grand Prix Final, where she placed second overall.

Most recently, Kim participated in the 2009 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships. She set a new world record of 72.24 points in the short program of the competition with a clean performance. She earned Level 4 on all of her spins and spiral sequences. She scored 116.83 in the free program, keeping the lead and winning her first Four Continents Championship. Kim was the only person whose figure skater had been recognized by the judges in both the short program and the free program in the ladies' competition.

Coaching changesEdit

In order to prepare for her senior debut in the 2006–2007 season, Kim moved her training venue to the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club of Toronto, Canada during the summer of 2006. There, she worked with David Wilson and Tom Dickson. Later, Brian Orser became her new full-time coach. Satisfied with the training environment in Toronto, Kim made Toronto her permanent training ground.

Skating techniquesEdit

Kim landed her first triple jump at the age of 10, and she landed all triple jumps except for triple axel just two years later .

When Kim was 14 years old, she landed her first triple-triple combination in a competition at the 2005 World Junior Figure Skating Championship. Kim has performed three different triple combinations in competitions; the triple lutz-triple toe, the triple flip-triple toe, and the triple toe-triple toe.

She is known for her fast speed on the ice.

Signature movesEdit

This signature move is a difficult Camel spin she uses with a variety of positions.

Other signature moves are a Ina Bauer (element) that leads directly into the double axel jump and the double axel-triple toe loop combination jump.

Media appearances Edit

Sponsorships Edit

  • Nike
  • Kookmin Bank (2007.7.10~ )
  • Hyundai Motor Company (2008.12.15~ )

CD Edit

  • Yu-na Kim ~ Fairy On ICE ~ Skating Music (Universal Music, 2008)

Choreography Edit

Competitive Short Program

  • Danse Macabre (Saint-Saëns) by David Wilson
  • Die Fledermaus by David Wilson
  • El Tango de Roxane by Tom Dickson, Kim Se-Yeol
  • Snowstorm by Katarina Dickson

Competitive Long Program

  • Scheherazade by David Wilson
  • Miss Saigon by David Wilson
  • The Lark Ascending by David Wilson
  • Papa, Can You Hear Me? by Jeffrey Buttle, Jadene S. Fullen
  • Carmen by Katarina Dickson


  • Gold by David Wilson
  • Only Hope by David Wilson
  • Once Upon A Dream by David Wilson
  • Just a Girl by David Wilson
  • Reflection by Brian Orser
  • One Day I'll Fly Away by Chi Hyun-Jung , Kim Yu-Na
  • Ben (album) by Chi Hyun-Jung , Kim Yu-Na

Competitive highlightsEdit

Kim and Orser by Carmichael

Kim and her coach Brian Orser.

Senior resultsEdit

Event 2006–2007 2007–2008 2008–2009
World Championships 3rd 3rd 1st
Four Continents Championships 1st
Grand Prix Final 1st 1st 2nd
Cup of China 1st 1st
Skate America 1st
Cup of Russia 1st
Trophée Eric Bompard 1st
Skate Canada 3rd

Novice & Junior resultsEdit

Event 2001–2002 2002–2003 2003–2004 2004–2005 2005–2006
World Junior Championships 2nd 1st
South Korean Championships 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
Junior Grand Prix Final 2nd 1st
Junior Grand Prix Final 1st
Junior Grand Prix Final 1st
Junior Grand Prix Final 1st
Junior Grand Prix Final 2nd
Triglav Trophy 1st N.
Golden Bear, Zagreb 1st N.
  • N = Novice level

Detailed resultsEdit

2008 Skate America Ladies Podium

Kim(center) with the other medalists at the 2008 Skate America.

Senior resultsEdit

Season 2008–2009
Date Event SP FS Total
February 4 - 8, 2009 2009 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships 1
December 11 - 14, 2008 ISU 2008 Grand Prix Final 1
November 6 - 9, 2008 Cup of China 1
October 23 - 26, 2008 ISU Grand Prix Skate America 1
Season 2007–2008
Date Event SP FS Total
March 17 - 23, 2008 2008 World Figure Skating Championships 5
December 13 - 16, 2007 2007–2008 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final 1
November 22 - 25, 2007 Cup of Russia 1
November 7 - 11, 2007 Cup of China 3
Season 2006–2007
Date Event SP FS Total
March 19 - 25, 2007 2007 World Figure Skating Championships 1
December 14 - 17, 2006 ISU 2006 Grand Prix Final 3
November 17 - 19, 2006 ISU Grand Prix Trophée Eric Bompard 1
November 2 - 5, 2006 ISU Grand Prix Skate Canada 1

Junior resultsEdit

Kim Yu-Na

Kim competes in her free skating at the 2005 World Junior Figure Skating Championships.

Season 2005–2006
Date Event Level QR SP FS Total
March 6 - 12, 2006 2006 World Junior Figure Skating Championships Junior 1
November 24 - 27, 2005 Junior Grand Prix Final Junior - 1
September 29 - October 2, 2005 Junior Grand Prix Final Junior - 1
September 1 - 4, 2005 Junior Grand Prix Final Junior - 1
Season 2004–2005
Date Event Level QR SP FS Total
26 Feb - 3 Mar, 2005 2005 World Junior Figure Skating Championships Junior 1
2 - 5 Dec, 2004 Junior Grand Prix Final Junior - 2
16 - 19 Sept, 2004 Junior Grand Prix Final Junior - 4
1 - 5 Sept, 2004 Junior Grand Prix Final Junior - 1
  • QP = Qualifying Program


  1. 1.0 1.1 Kim Yu-na Looking at W10 Billion in Advertising Deals, Digital Chosunilbo. February 10, 2009.
  2. Yu-Na -- $7 Million Girl on Ice, Jane Han, Korea Times. February 9, 2009.
  3. Kim Yu-Na wins women's title at Four Continents figure skating event, Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times. February 7, 2009.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Korea Adopts Figure Skater Kim as Nat`l Hero , The Dong-A Ilbo. February 9, 2009.
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  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 About Yu Na Kim, Yuna Kim Official Website.
  7. Figure skater Asada seeks 'supreme smile' before Olympics, Google AFP. December 29, 2008.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Almost flawless, Yu-na tops field, Yoo Jee-ho, JoongAng Daily. February 7, 2009.
  9. With victory, Kim set up for worlds, JoongAng Daily, February 9, 2009.
  10. Ice and hope in Soeul, Jiyeon Lee, Global Post. February 18, 2009.
  11. For Asian women, it's victory on ice, Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times. October 27, 2008.
  12. S Korea's skater Kim Yu-na to seek perfect performance at Grand Prix Final, Jiang Yuxia Ed., China View. December 11, 2008.

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