November 13, 2009 10:24
If world champion figure skater Kim Yu-na wins the fifth Grand Prix event of the season -- this weekend's 2009 Skate America in Lake Placid, New York -- she will have won seven consecutive Grand Prix titles since she captured the Trophée Eric Bompard in Paris in the 2006-2007 season.
Winning this year's Skate America does not look to be a problem for Kim, who is currently ranked no.1 in the word. With a win in Lake Placid she is expected to easily advance to the Grand Prix Final in Tokyo on Dec. 4 and 5, which will bring together the top six skaters from each discipline based on points from two season events.
Kim left her training camp in Toronto on Thursday to drive 560 km to Lake Placid as there is no direct flight between the two cities.
"I hope to perform my programs cleanly with no major mistakes, just as I've been doing. My biggest goal is to maintain the 200-point mark," she told Korean reporters in Lake Placid.
Kim has been working on improving her spins and spirals since the Trophée Eric Bompard last month so that she can achieve a new personal best -- or even another world record. She had planned to change her costumes, but since the ones she has been wearing have been well received by fans she has decided to keep them.
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