Kim Yu-na unveils new programs

By Korea Herald
  • Published : Aug 20, 2012 - 20:01
  • Updated : Aug 20, 2012 - 20:01
Kim Yu-na (File photo)
Figure skating star Kim Yu-na will skate to a film score and a compilation of tunes from a popular musical in the upcoming season, her agency said Monday.

All That Sports said Kim will skate her short program to “The Kiss of the Vampire,” from the original sound track for the film of the same name from 1963.

Her free skate will be performed to a compilation of songs from “Les Miserables,” a musical based on the classic novel by Victor Hugo.

The agency said David Wilson, Kim’s choreographer for six years, has once again worked on the skater’s programs.

“I’ve tried to take on different genres and depict different characters,” Kim said through a statement.

“I wanted to present something new, and David Wilson suggested I try ‘The Kiss of the Vampire’ for my short program.”

As for her free skate, Kim said she wanted a program that would “make a long-lasting impression” on fans.

“I was looking for something from films or musicals, and chose ‘Les Miserables,’” she said. “Personally, I am really satisfied with the program.”

Wilson explained he felt the sensuous and mysterious character of the vampire would suit Kim’s on-ice personality for the short program, while the free skate will express a wide range of emotions.

In July, Kim announced she would return to competitive skating this fall, ending months-long speculation on her possible retirement.

The 21-year-old hasn’t competed since the world championships last year, where she finished second. Before that, she had sat out the entire 2010-11 season, citing an emotional letdown after winning the Olympic gold medal in Vancouver in February 2010. In that time, Kim has appeared in corporate ice shows. The latest one is scheduled for next week in Seoul. (Yonhap News)