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South Korea births new figure skating prodigy who may be the 'next Kim Yuna'

By jubilantj   Tuesday, August 11, 2015   34,879   141   35



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Kim Yuna, the proud darling of South Korea, was celebrated all over the world as an athlete who mastered the art of figure skating, so news of her permanent departure from the world of competitive skating had left many disappointed.

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However, there is another figure skating prodigy being molded in South Korea, who may well take Kim Yuna's place! 17-year-old Park So Youn, whose beginnings lie in ballet, is making headlines for following closely in the footsteps of her lauded predecessor.

Though Park is dubbed the 'the next Kim Yuna,' the title doesn't quite suit the fledgling athlete. The young skater, who is currently being coached by Kim Yuna herself, is still busy mastering the techniques of figure skating and developing her own color. Both Kim and Peter Krick, the sport manager of the International Skating Union, said Park needs more confidence in her ability. Krick further noted that Park is a "great Korean skater, but not a copy of Yu-Na." 

Park seems determined to make a name for herself, and not be stuck under Kim Yuna's shadow. In CNN's 'Human to Hero,' She said, "I think the hardest part about figure skating is the technical aspect. Every jump is difficult but to raise the probability of success, the only thing I can do is practice harder so I'm practicing hard."

Despite her young age, Park is not without some accomplishments under her belt. Having been on the national team since the age of 13, the skater placed 21st at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, and was conferred the national champion title at the 2015 Korea Figure Skating Championships held early this year. She was the runner-up for four consecutive years at the nationals, placing just behind Kim Yuna for the past two. Park said, "After going through big experiences such as participating at the Olympics and the world championship, I think I gained a bit of confidence."

With enough practice and more confidence, Park may be the skater to represent Korea in the 2018 Winter Olympics, to take place in Pyeongchang.
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nganga_ter Saturday, August 22, 2015

"" no one can replace kim yuna" ofcourse !!!:::: people acting like she snatch something from kim yuna !

shes young and promising!! do well!

Daraismylife Friday, August 21, 2015

You know, instead of constantly saying how she isn't like so-so why not tell her to do well and strive to be the very best she can be. She herself said she cannot and will never be like Kim Yuna, and that she needs to develop her own color. Why not encourage her instead of bringing up medals won and not won as the reason why she can't hope to compare to Yuna? Short-comings are not short-comings to hold you back, but are developments that will later define and mold the type of person you can be in the future if you word hard to overcome it. So Youn, you are amazing. There is a lot to work on but not because your not as good as Yuna, but because YOU can be better. I can't wait to see you someday, skating your heart out. You are not the 'next Kim Yuna', you are The Park So Youn.

singerfan09 Wednesday, August 12, 2015

So Youn is good skater, she has a pretty line and her 3Lz is really good. And I don't see her getting as many edge calls as other skaters, which is good. But she is a bit of a headcase (finished 12th at the World Championships these year), while Yuna probably had the strongest mind of the entire field while she competed. Yuna was a prodigy and she certainly was born with a gift for skating like few, So Youn would have to work incredibly hard to achieve Yuna's level.

That being said, So Youn has more flexibility (needed for the spins) and she still has a 3Lo which Yuna had to drop due to back pain. You can definitely see Yuna's influence when you watch her skate, but she shouldn't really be compared to Yuna, it does her no good (though it seems to be a very common practice in figure skating with any young promises, and in any field, really). ;

Besides, So Youn will be facing an incredibly tough field these years. The IJS has made figure skating tend towards the athletic side of the sport, and the Russian girls are making the most of it. The current World Champion, though not as graceful, can perform the 6 triple jumps consistently (well, we still don't know if the 3A will be consistent) and her technique is as close to perfect as it gets (except maybe the Lz but because Yuna made it look prettier, the technique is still right). And she will also face Yuna's toughest rival: Mao Asada. ;

But well, it's still too early to say if she'll be a medal contender by 2018, though I still wish her the best of luck. It would be a,aging if she could medal at the greatest sport event in her country.

hyukki Tuesday, August 11, 2015

So I just saw her on Youtube. She is promising. But there is NO ONE like Kim. Not in Korea, not in America, not anywhere! I have never seen any athlete who has more heart and courage then Kim when it really mattered! ;She was and still is "the greatest ever" on the ice. Period!

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vteebby Tuesday, August 11, 2015

i hope she will do well! good luck to her. Kim Yuna will be my fav until i see her performance. there's just something about Kim Yuna's grace and elegance on the ice that i love. Yuna is a prima ballerina on ice

chinesefood Tuesday, August 11, 2015

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tumble8800 Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Yea I saw an english article on this months ago. And yup so youn doesn't even compare to Kim yu na. They are two totally different skaters

daraminzybomchae Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Hope she follows Yuna's steps and represents well South Korea with her own colors. Fighting ;

meatloaf345 Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Park So Youn is a good skater but I wouldn't call her the next Kim Yuna. Honestly, Yuna's shoe is going to be REALLY hard to fill not just for Koreans but for skaters all over the world. Yuna was great even in the beginning of her career and never placed off the podium. That in and of itself is a tough feat to beat

krell Tuesday, August 11, 2015

(Joking) S.Koreans need to BRIBE ($$$$$) the RUSSIAN JUDGE! ...

chinesefood Tuesday, August 11, 2015

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krell Tuesday, August 11, 2015

@chinesefood ... (Joking) How DARE you infer that the RUSSIANS are CORRUPT !!! ... ;-)

krell Tuesday, August 11, 2015

@chinesefood ... (Joking) So, using my head, it is *obvious* to me that the S.Koreans need to *not* raise the SEWOL (death ship). And take that 'saved' $200 Million USD and BRIBE ALL THE OLYMPIC JUDGES !!! ... ;-)

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