Kim Yu-na had tears in her eyes as she reflected on her storied career on Tuesday after wrapping up a three-day ice show punctuating her departure from the world of competitive figure skating.
"I had many injuries and also went through a slump, but I'm sure those experiences will help me in the future," she said during a press conference at Seoul's Olympic Park. "Now that the show is over, I will take a break and give some time to thinking about my future plans."
Some figures who had been integral to Kim's success also pitched in.
"Having been together with you as your choreographer is one of the best experiences of my life," said David Wilson, who worked in this capacity since 2006. His comments caused tears to well in the skater's eyes.
"I tried not to cry, but I couldn't help it after seeing others tear up," said Kim. "I think I've gotten all the more emotional because I've been skating competitively for so long."
With the conclusion of her All That Skate 2014 ice shows, Kim put an end to her competitive career spanning 17 years and 10 months.