With just five months to go until the 2014 Winter Games, reigning Olympic figure skating champion Kim Yu-na met her fans at a movie theater in Seoul on Wednesday and promised she wouldn't let them down in the final season of her successful career.
"I will do my best in this Olympic season, which will be the last of my competitive career, so that I leave with no regrets," she said.
Some 200 fans sang a Happy Birthday song for Kim, who turns 23 on Thursday, and gave her presents. Together, they watched a video showing people from across the country wishing her well and cheering her on.
Kim recently unveiled her programs for the new season. On her choice of "Adios Nonino" for her free skate, Kim said, "It's so difficult that I don't even have time to breath when I'm performing it, but I'm satisfied though. It's been a while since the choreography was completed, so I've been training hard and will continue to do so in order to master it."
When asked how she overcomes adversity and hard times, Kim said, "I remind myself that this too shall pass, and will eventually become a memory that I can recall with a smile." She became teary-eyed when she saw her coaches giving her words of encouragement in a video message.
Kim will embark on her new season next month, starting with Skate Canada in St. John, and followed by Trophée Eric Bompard in Paris in November.