Yuna Kim is on the move.
The queen’s U.S. invasion has commenced. This long predicted, much anticipated “foreign” invasion is now officially on countdown.
Hailed as the international figure sensation, Kim had made unstoppable runs for the past four years on the top of the figure skating world.
At the peak of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic, Kim, claiming both the royal throne and the ice tiara, opened an era of her own.
Riding on high tide of her Olympic victory, Yuna Kim looked invincible, her success impeccable with all the jubilant Olympic follow-ups.
But it was only until the last month internal debacle.
This week, Yuna Kim the 20 year old South Korean moved to Los Angeles for an upcoming ice show, the 2010 All That Skate LA, starting on Oct. 2 at Staples Center.
Kim, after the emotional split with her four year long coach Brian Orser last month, made first public appearance in the press conference at Burbank, accompanied by her childhood idol Michelle Kwan. Kim, whose look was still palpable of the bitter wound of Kim-Orser split saga, hinted a possibility that L.A. might be her new training base.
Kim, posing with Michelle Kwan for photographers, smiled throughout the joint interview of two most prominent champions of late in the ladies figure skating world.
Michelle Kwan, the five time world champion expressed her high expectation of Kim’s show amidst receding U.S. domestic popularity on figure skating since Michelle Kwan had steered to school.
Although it would be a test of Kim’s star power, the recent fallout between AT sports and Brian Orser lost Kim one of most dependable asset in her career. To Kim, Brain Orser was an inseparable part not only as being instrumental to her success but also being her mentor who led her to one of the most memorable Olympic dramas.
Kim, however, didn’t seem to feel pressure on finding a new coach and laying out a clearer blueprint of her future.
“I’m going to make those decisions slowly and step-by-step,” Kim said.
As for speculation over Kwan’s being her coach, Kwan, who owned the East West Ice Palace, the rink now Kim would be using while she stays in L.A., denied her involvement.
“I’m sure the final decision will be hers, but it’s going to be a time where she’ll be making a very big decision,” said Kwan who had once split with her longtime coach Frank Carroll.
Kim also expressed her optimism for L.A. where she had won her first world championship in 2009.
“I think I’m going to be very comfortable and I’m going to enjoy the great energy in the city,” said Kim.