Kim Yu-na continues competitive hiatus

By Korea Herald
  • Published : Jun 6, 2012 - 18:29
  • Updated : Jun 6, 2012 - 18:30
South Korean figure skater Kim Yu-na will not compete in this year’s Figure Skating Series for the International Skating Union Grand Prix.

The ISU had announced in May the list of 140 skaters from 18 ISU member nations to compete, of which Kim was not included.

In order to qualify for the series, skaters must place in the top six seeds of the ISU World Figure Skating Championships, stand in top ISU international ranking or receive an invitation from hosting countries.

Kim has not competed internationally since placing second in the 2011 World Championships behind Japan’s Miki Ando.
Kim Yu-na. (Yonhap News)

Other entrants include reigning World Champion Carolina Kostner of Italy, and Mao Asada and Akiko Suzuki of Japan. Ando and Asada are both two-time World Champions and longtime rivals of Kim.

A figure skating legend in Korea, Kim was the first to bring the nation an ISU Championship in 2006, and the first to bring home a skating medal from the Olympics in 2010 and the World Championship in 2007.

Kim announced in October 2011 that she would take a hiatus from competitive figure skating and focus on her future. Kim has not been in a competition since, but has performed for the public here.

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