Nippon TV Secretly Films Kim Yu-na

      December 28, 2010 11:56

      Kim Yu-na

      Japan's Nippon TV has aired secretly filmed footage of reigning Olympic figure skating champion Kim Yu-na during training. A show titled "Bankisha Nippon TV Hidden Cam" secretly filmed Kim and her coach Peter Oppegard in training at the East West Ice Palace in Los Angeles on Oct. 5, and aired the footage on Sunday.

      The show also created a storm in a teacup by secretly recording the judges entering scores during the figure skating competition at the Vancouver Winter Olympics in February, using a camera with a remote lens and claiming that judges unfairly gave good scores to Kim.

      The reason Nippon TV took the trouble is that Kim's new programs is slated to premiere at the World Championships in Tokyo in March. Sagong Kyung-won, a director at the Korea Skating Union, said, "There is a tacit agreement in the figure skating world not to film training sessions of athletes that aren't open to public to prevent leakage of information about new programs that have yet to be unveiled. Nippon TV crossed the line."

      Fortunately Kim's new program had not been completed at the time, and the broadcaster was left with footage of basic jump practice and strength-building exercises.

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