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Kim Yu-Na (born in September 5, 1990 in Bucheon, Gyeonggi-do) is a South Korean figure skater and reigning world champion.
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She is the 2009 World champion, the 2009 Four Continents champion, a two-time (2006-2007, 2007-2008) Grand Prix Final champion, the 2006 World Junior champion, the 2005-2006 Junior Grand Prix Final champion and a four-time (2002-2005) South Korean national champion.
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Kim is the first South Korean figure skater who has medaled and won at a ISU Junior Grand Prix and at the Junior Grand Prix Final, at a ISU Grand Prix and at the Grand Prix Final, and at the World Championships. She is one of the most highly recognized athletes and media figures in South Korea.

Kim is the record holder for ladies in the short program, the free skating and the combined total under the ISU Judging System. Kim is the first female skater to surpass the 200-point mark and also the first female skater to receive +2.20 grade of execution for jumps under the ISU Judging System.
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As of November 2009 Kim is currently ranked second in the world by the ISU.


Personal life

Kim Yu-Na was born in 1990 in Bucheon, Gyeonggi-do, and moved to Gunpo when she was 6 years old. She had to train mostly at night due to the lack of skating facilities for daytime training. In early 2007, she moved to Toronto, Canada for better training under Brian Orser. In 2009, Kim enrolled at Korea University as a freshman, but she has been continuing her training in Canada.



Early career

Kim Yu-Na began skating when she was seven years old with her elder sister. Her coach at the time, Ryu Jong-Hyun, who was impressed with Kim's exceptional talent, strongly suggested to Kim's mother that Kim continue skating, predicting that she would be a world-class figure skater in the future.

In 2002, she competed internationally for the first time at the Triglav Trophy, where she won the gold medal for the novice competition.
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In 2003, at age 12, she became the youngest woman ever to win the senior title at the South Korean Figure Skating Championships. She won her second international competition at the Golden Bear of Zagreb, a novice competition.

In 2004, she became the South Korean senior national champion for the second time in her career.

Junior career

2004-2005 season

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2005-2006 season

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Senior career
2006-2007 season

In the 2006-2007 season, Kim made her senior international debut at 2006 Skate Canada where she won a bronze medal after being placed first at the short program and fourth in the free skate program with a total overall score of 168.48 points. She won the 2006 Trophเธฃเธ‰e Eric Bompard with a score of 184.54 points, 10.10 ahead of silver medalist Miki Ando. Those performances qualified Kim for the Grand Prix Final for the first time.

At the 2006 Grand Prix Final in St. Petersburg, Russia, Kim was placed third in the short program with 65.06 points and first in the long program with 119.14. She won the Grand Prix Final earning 184.20 points, by the margin of 11.68 ahead of silver medalist Mao Asada.


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In March 2007, at the 2007 World Championships in Tokyo, Kim won the short program with 71.95 points, setting the highest short program score under the new ISU Judging System and consequently, a world record. She placed fourth in the long program earning 114.19 points, and placed third overall. She was 8.31 points behind silver medalist Mao Asada and 5.91 points ahead of fourth place finisher Kimmie Meissner. Kim's placement qualified South Korea two ladies entries for the 2008 World Figure Skating Championships. Kim was the only lady skater whose triple-triple combination was recognized by the judges in both the short and the free skating programs in the 2006-2007 season.

2007-2008 season

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Kim's two wins qualified her for the 2007เน
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