From ‘Yuna Kids’ to ‘figure skating sign’… Yoo Young’s dream of the Beijing Olympics

Yooyoung (18, Surigo), who grew up to be a Korean figure skating female single signboard in ‘Kim Yuna Kids’, will finally enter the ‘dream stage’ of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

Yoo Young won the women’s single free skating at the 76th National Men’s and Women’s Figure Skating Comprehensive Championships held at Uijeongbu Indoor Ice Rink on the 9th and the second round of the national team at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, with 144.92 points and a total of 221.49 points in the short program. .

Yoo Young, who finished first in both the first and second rounds, won the right to participate in the Beijing Winter Olympics, which was given first and second place in the men’s and women’s overall.

Afterwards, the Korea Skating Federation Performance Improvement Committee selected Yoo Young, Cha Jun-hwan, Lee Si-hyeong (above Korea University), and Kim Ye-rim (Surigo) as male singles as athletes for the Beijing Winter Olympics and delivered them to the Korea Sports Council.

Yoo Young, who could not participate in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics due to age restrictions four years ago, proudly took the first place in the preliminary round and stood on the stage of her dreams.

Yooyoung is a representative ‘Yuna Kids’.

Born in Korea in May 2005, Yoo Young went to Singapore to study abroad as a child, and fell in love with figure skating, which she started as a hobby when she was 6 years old.

At that time, it was Yuna Kim, the ‘Queen of Figure Skating’ who captured Yoo Young. Yuna Kim, who won a gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, became a role model for Yoo Young and naturally continued her Olympic dream.

After watching Yuna Kim’s video and doing figure skating, Yoo Young returned to Korea in 2013 to pursue an athlete’s path in earnest.

After that, Yoo Young showed off her excellent skills even at a young age and quickly emerged as the ‘second Yuna Kim’.

In January 2016, at the age of 11 years and 8 months, she surprised everyone by winning the women’s singles at the 70th Korea Men’s and Women’s Figure Skating Comprehensive Championships. At that time, she received a total of 183.87 points, breaking the record of the youngest winner (12 years and 6 months) set by Yuna Kim at this event in 2003.

Since she was young, she tried triple axel (three and a half rounds) jumps and was evaluated as the next timber to succeed Yuna Kim.

Yooyoung, who has continued to grow steadily, finished runner-up after Rika Kihira (Japan, 232.34 points) with 223.23 points, her ISU-approved highest point, in the women’s singles at the 2020 International Skating Federation (ISU) Four Continents Championships.

It was the moment when a medalist was born in a women’s single for the first time in 11 years since Yuna Kim in 2009.

It is the first time since a Korean female athlete scored 220 points in the ISU-approved highest point since Yuna Kim (228.56 points) in Vancouver in 2010.

Also, in the ISU Senior Grand Prix of the 2021-2022 season, he climbed to third place in both the 1st event (Las Vegas, USA) and the 4th event (Tokyo, Japan).

It was the first time in 12 years since Yuna Kim in November 2009 that a female athlete won two medals in a row at the Senior Grand Prix.

Although it unfortunately failed to advance to the Final Grand Prix, it raised expectations for the Beijing Winter Olympics.

Yooyoung, who passed the domestic selection first place, was able to stand on the Olympic stage like her idol, Kim Yuna. Russia, a figure skating powerhouse, has high walls, but if she succeeds in her triple axel, it is worth aiming for the highest score since Yuna Kim.

Yooyoung laughed, saying, “I can’t believe the first Olympics. I want to enjoy it as it is a place I’ve been dreaming of since I was young. I want to impress many people with a clean look without making mistakes.”


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