Kim Yu-na 'Had an Off-Day' at Skate America

Figure skating world champion Kim Yu-na made mistakes in three jumps in the free skate during the International Skating Union Grand Prix Series 2009 Skate America in Lake Placid, New York, last weekend. "I was startled because it's been a long time since I messed up my jumps as badly as this," she told reporters Tuesday. "I was nervous until the end so that my legs were shaking."

Although fans tend to see only the impeccable side of the figure skating star, the reality is different. "Even when I train in Toronto, there are jumps that give me a headache. My condition fluctuates all the time, and there are times when I have a bad day, like the free skate last weekend," she said.

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Kim also talked about how she keeps her weight under control. Standing 164 cm tall and weighing 47-48 kg with a body fat ratio of just 10 percent, there is no special dietary regime she sticks to. Kim has Korean food prepared by her mother for breakfast, and salad or fruit, bread and soy milk for lunch at the ice rink where she practices.

For dinner, Kim usually eats fruit and cereal. "It's in no way a miserable menu. There are people who pity me because they think I don't eat well. But I do eat everything that I want, really," she said. "But because I exercise a lot, when I go home after practice, I'm always hungry when it's about time to go to bed."

Although she never took lessons, Kim is good at doing her makeup herself. She also styles her hair on her own. "I don't think I ever screwed up my makeup. I make mistakes in the process, but it always ends nicely."

englishnews@chosun.com / Nov. 18, 2009 10:52 KST