March 01, 2010 10:25
Figure skater Kim Yu-na has been giving countless interviews since winning the Olympic gold medal in Vancouver with two flawless programs that captivated audiences worldwide. On Saturday morning (Korean time), the day after she was crowned the Olympic champion, Kim was interviewed by Korean and foreign media at the Korea House in the downtown Vancouver.
"I've been dreaming about the Olympics since I was a child, and I'm so relieved that I finally achieved my goal," Kim said. "I'm happy that I performed cleanly in both the short and free programs for the first time since my senior debut, with the best score."
Kim said she was able to handle the enormous pressure of the event because her long training had made her confident. "I think I felt comfortable and had great confidence in myself because I was so well-prepared for the Games."
So what are her plans now that the Olympics are over? "I've been thinking about what life would be like if there were no such thing as the Olympics. There are so many other things that I've wanted to do. I'm now at the highest place an athlete can be. I still can't believe that I've become an Olympic champion. I'd like to just enjoy this moment to the fullest," Kim said.
She added, "It's so hard and overwhelming to experience one Olympics, it's unbelievable that Katarina Witt managed to win back-to-back Olympics." Frankly, I think what I've achieved as a skater so far is great. I'll worry about the future later."
Although Kim remained reticent about her future, her coach Brian Orser hopes she will keep competing. "I'd love her to learn the triple axel, that would be pretty sweet. But I haven't told her that yet," Orser, who used to be called "Mr. Triple Axel" during his competition days, told Reuters on Saturday. In his autobiography published in Korea last summer, Orser said he could teach Kim the move better than anybody else. In Vancouver, silver medalist Mao Asada of Japan became the first woman to land two triple axels in an Olympic program.
After enjoying her last Olympic moments in the closing ceremony on Monday, Kim will arrive at Incheon International Airport on Tuesday with the rest of the Korean national team. After the team is officially dissolved on Wednesday morning at the Taeneung Training Center, Kim will attend a luncheon at Cheong Wa Dae. Following a two-day stay in Korea, she will return to her training base in Toronto to prepare for the World Championships in Turin, Italy, later this month.
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