Olympic figure skating champion Kim Yu-na gave a briefing on her programs for the upcoming season as well as her training progress with her new coaches at a press conference in Taeneung, Seoul on Wednesday.
For her short program, she has opted for the original soundtrack to "Kiss of the Vampire," while she will free skate to the score from "Les Misérables." Kim will continue to work with Canadian choreographer David Wilson, with whom she has collaborated since 2006 when she moved up to the senior circuit. Her costume for each program has not been decided yet.
Kim said she will work with coaches Shin Hye-sook and Ryu Jong-hyun until the 2013 World Championships in Ontario, Canada in March. Since she began competing on the senior circuit, Kim has worked with non-Korean coaches, namely Canadian Brian Orser and American Peter Oppegard. But she is now reuniting with the coaches who guided her from childhood.
Shin helped Kim learn jumping techniques for three years from the time she was in elementary school. She is a leading coach who has helped raise many top skaters in Korea. Ryu, who first noticed Kim's extraordinary talent and helped sculpt her into a professional athlete from the age of seven, will take care of her training.
"I'm happy to reunite with my former teachers, who made it possible for me to be here throughout my 16 years as a skater. They will be immensely helpful with my training and helping me prepare for competitions," Kim said.
Kim, who seized gold with a convincing win at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, went on to claim silver at the 2011 World Championships in Moscow in May the following year. Since then, she has skipped all international competitions.
Kim, who was pondering her career path after the Olympics, announced in July that she would remain active until the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Over the last three months she has worked on alone to get back in shape.
"I think I'm about 70 percent ready in terms of physical fitness. I don't have any problem with my jumping skills and other techniques, but I'm worried that I'll feel nervous about competing as I haven't done it for quite a long time. I'll do my best to be well-prepared."
Kim was not invited to compete at the ISU Grand Prix Series this season as she has been out of competition for over a year. In order to participate in the World Championships next year, she needs to obtain a technical score of at least 28 points for the short program and 48 for the free skate under the newly-revised ISU regulations.
Kim plans to clear this hurdle by competing at an international level in December. The most likely platform for her comeback will either be the NRW Trophy in Dortmund, Germany, from Dec. 5 to 9, or the Golden Spin of Zagreb in the Croatian capital from Dec. 13 to 16.