December 10, 2013 10:28
Kim Yu-na may appear at one more competition before she attempts to defend her Olympic figure skating title in Sochi in February.
Upon returning to Korea after winning the Golden Spin of Zagreb in Croatia with 204.49 points, she said at a press conference on Monday, "No matter how well you do in practice, it's how you perform in competitions that really matter."
Kim said she may compete at the national championships, which will be held at an ice rink in Gyeonggi Province from Jan. 3 to 5, if she decides to fit in one last event before the fast-approaching Winter Games.
She has already ruled out the possibility of appearing at the 2014 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Taipei from Jan. 20 to 26. As the event only leaves a week's rest before the opening of the Olympics on Feb. 7, she said she does not want to feel burned out psychologically or physically.
"Despite some mistakes at the event in Croatia, I tried to keep my focus until the end," she said. "I think that having one more chance to compete on the ice would be helpful to boost my confidence."
Some fans expressed their disapproval of the chartreuse dress Kim wore while unveiling her new short program in Zagreb. In response to this, she said, "The dress is important, but how I perform matters much more."
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