Kim Yu-na Is Ready to Compete

Kim Yu-na practices at the Iceberg Skating Palace in Sochi, Russia on Sunday. Kim Yu-na practices at the Iceberg Skating Palace in Sochi, Russia on Sunday.

By all accounts, Kim Yu-na seems ready to hit the ice at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia.

The defending Olympic and world champion preformed almost flawlessly at the first official practice at the Olympic venue of the Iceberg Skating Palace for 40 minutes on Sunday.

Kim practiced at the side rink on Thursday and Friday last week, and skated on the main rink for the first time on Sunday, sharing the space with four other skaters -- Kim Hae-jin and Park So-youn of Korea, Russia's Adelina Sotnikova, and Ukraine's Natalia Popova. Kim took Saturday off, cheering for fellow Korean athletes in short track skating.

Japan's Mao Asada also had her first practice on the main rink on Sunday afternoon. The silver medalist from four years ago at Vancouver skated in the short program in the inaugural team event earlier, and managed a third-place finish.

After the event she went to Yerevan, Armenia, to practice at an ice rink where the Japanese skaters were training and returned to Sochi on Saturday.

englishnews@chosun.com / Feb. 17, 2014 12:37 KST