The news of Yuna Kim’s departure from her coach Brian Orser stunned the world, shattering the glamour of fairytale like success that the two, coach and pupil, had earlier shared at the peak of their four year partnership.
In the drama of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Yuna Kim by wining gold helped her coach Brian Orser, who had lost twice for silver medal in the past Olympics, finally vindicate his unfulfilled dream.
Yuna Kim and Brian Orser, the best model of athlete and coach of the day in the minds of many fans, ended their honeymoon.
The bond between the 2010 Olympic gold medalist and the now-most-sought-out coach in the world has been as much praised by fans and envied by peers, an ideal relationship that rarely exists in this day and age between teacher and pupil in the sport.
Amidst several contradicting versions of news initially released regarding the reason behind, Yuna Kim, the greatest star of the sport, looks caught in a growingly muddy blame game pitted against her coach.
Unfortunately to many who wished the news was false, Kim’s split with Orser, however, was quickly confirmed, and more surprisingly it was reported that there have existed a significant rift between Brain Orser and Yuna Kim herself since Vancouver Olympics.
According to Brain Orser, who has coached Yuna Kim since 2006, it’s Meehee Park, Kim’s mother and a representative with AT Sports- Kim’s agency- notified, without specific explanations, Brian Orser and Tracy Wilson of termination of their coaching contract on August 2, 2010.
Orser also said that he had to wait until now because she, Park might change her decision, hinting that the decision was not made by Yuna Kim herself, and he wasn’t intended to leave his favorite student.
Although it’s not unusual that athletes split with their coach after major competitions, Yuna Kim’s exclusive four year contract with Brian Orser- compared to her archrival Mao Asada who has struggled for steady relationship with coaches- has been pristine and extraordinary.
The pair thrived throughout their 4 year relationship all the way to the Vancouver Olympics, entrancing the world audience and leaving an unforgettable myth in the minds of people who watched, which made the fallout all the more incredible.
“I am honored to have worked with such a talented and gifted skater,” said Orser in an recent interview. And Yuna Kim, who still continues to train at the Cricket Club in Toronto, Canada, also reportedly wished him best and good luck in the press release.
But in the latest twist, an unconfirmed twitter- supposedly from Yuna Kim herself- has appeared in the Internet to denounce Brain Orser’s accounts.