Kim Yu-na to hold farewell ice shows in May: agency

By 정주원
  • Published : Mar 10, 2014 - 11:24
  • Updated : Mar 10, 2014 - 11:24
South Korean figure skating icon Kim Yu-na will hold farewell ice shows in Seoul this spring, her agency announced Monday.

All That Sports said Kim will take the center stage at her corporate-sponsored ice shows from May 4 to 6 in the nation's capital.

The 23-year-old star retired from competition after the Sochi Winter Olympics last month. She picked up the silver medal behind Adelina Sotnikova of Russia, after winning the gold at the previous Winter Olympics in Vancouver in 2010.

The agency said the three days of performances will be Kim's last appearances on ice as a figure skater. Through the agency's press release, Kim said she hopes to take the opportunity to show her appreciation for her fans.

"I'd like to come up with a new gala program, since this will be my retirement event," Kim was quoted as saying. "I'd like to return at least some of the love I've received over the years."

Kim settled for silver in Sochi despite skating a near-flawless free program, while Sotnikova, an upstart 17-year-old, made a noticeable landing mistake during her routine. Kim finished more than five points behind the Russian in a highly controversial decision that left many experts and fans alike scratching their heads in disbelief.

Kim has repeatedly said she has put the results behind her. She has also insisted that she was simply happy to be done with competition and that not winning her second straight Olympic gold didn't disappoint her as much as some people might suspect.

Kim leaves figure skating as one of the finest ever to grace the ice. Aside from her two Olympic medals, Kim also has two world championships to her credit.

She still holds the record scores under the revamped judging system in the short program (78.50), free skate (150.06) and combined score (228.56), all established in her gold medal-winning performance in Vancouver. Kim is the first female skater to surpass 150 points in free skate and 200 points in total.

Kim never once missed the podium in her senior career that began in 2006.

She also made headlines last week after an online tabloid reported that she'd been dating a South Korean hockey player. (Yonhap)