Kim Yu-na's Ex-Coach Says Japanese Rival Will Steal Crown in Sochi

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Brian Orser, the former coach of Olympic figure skater Kim Yu-na, said in an interview with Japanese sports newspaper Tokyo Sports on Wednesday that it is Mao Asada's turn to win gold at the upcoming Sochi Winter Games due to her powerful triple axel.

Orser coached Kim for about four years, and parted ways with her after the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Meanwhile, in a telephone poll of 1,007 people by Gallup Korea, 81 percent of the respondents predicted that Korea will finish inside the top 10 of the gold medal tally at the Russia-hosted Olympics, which begin Friday. Women were more optimistic than men, with 83 percent of them making the same prediction compared to 79 percent of men.

Most respondents expect to see a gold medal in figure skating, with 63 percent saying Kim will successfully defend her ladies' singles title. Some 33 percent said they believe Korea will claim at least one gold in speed skating, while 25 percent said the same for short track skating.

englishnews@chosun.com / Feb. 06, 2014 10:43 KST