Kim Yu-na Gives Final Performance of Career

Figure skaters wound up their Olympics with a gala exhibition at the Iceberg Skating Palace in Sochi on Sunday. Kim Yu-na, who won a controversial silver medal, was 20th to skate and brought her competitive career to a close with Avril Lavigne's version of "Imagine."

It featured her trademark camel spins and spirals and double axels, all brought together with the elegance and sophistication her fans have come to expect.

Kim Yu-na performs during the figure skating exhibition gala at the Iceberg Skating Palace at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia on Saturday. /Newsis Kim Yu-na performs during the figure skating exhibition gala at the Iceberg Skating Palace at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia on Saturday. /Newsis

In the finale, the arena darkened and the spotlight went to Kim while the logo of the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics appeared on the ice, a reminder that while careers end the world of sport keeps spinning.

"Kim skated exquisitely…, looking totally relaxed in a complete reverse of her body language throughout the competition," wrote AP of her final performance.

"I didn't think it was my last skate because I was concentrating on the program. It has yet to sink in," Kim said in an interview afterwards. Asked about the tears she shed after the free skate two days earlier, she said, "I'm being 100 percent honest that the tears didn't have anything to do with feelings of injustice or upset. You can trust me. I was just getting a rush of emotions about all the difficult times I’ve had over the years."

An online petition demanding an investigation of judging irregularities in the women's singles has garnered over 2 million signatures after the gold went to Russia's Adelina Sotnikova.

But the regulations of the International Skating Union do not admit complaints about scoring. And for the case to be taken all the way to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the highest authority in disputes, there needs to be clear evidence of wrongdoing.

Kim was philosophical. "I didn't think about the judging after the competition finished, but it seems others are more upset. I think people say I'm just pretending to be okay, but I really am satisfied that I finished my programs well."

englishnews@chosun.com / Feb. 24, 2014 12:33 KST