Yuna Kim was born in the Bucheon, Gyeonggi Province on September 5th of 1990. She was a professional figure skater in South Koreas and the Olympic champion for 2014. She was the World champion in 2009 and 2013, the Four Continents champion for 2009, the Grand Prix Final champion for 2006 through 2007, 2007 through 2008 and 2009 through 2010, the Junior Grand Prix Final champion for 2005 and the South Korean national champion for 2014, 2013, 2006, 2005, 2004 and 2003.
Yuna Kim is the first figure skater from South Korea to receive a medal at the Senior or Junior Grand Prix event, the Olympic Games and the ISU Championship. She is the first to win the Grand Prix Final, the Four Continents Championships and the World Championships as a female skater. She is a highly recognized media figure and athlete in South Korea and referred to as the ice queen. A large portion of the media across the globe calls her Queen Yuna.
Yuna Kim holds the former record for females in the combined total, free skate and short program according to the ISU Judging System. Since 2007, she has beaten the scores for the world record eleven times according to the ISU Judging System. Eight of these records were originally set by her. She is the first female skater to exceed the 150 and 140-point free shaking mark and the 220, 210 and 200-point total mark according to the ISU Judging System. Many people regard her as the best skater for ladies singles in history due to her musical and artistry sense, nearly textbook jumps, exceptional speed, unprecedented depth, competitive record, longevity, quality, consistency and grace.
During the XXI Olympic Winter Games, Yuna Kim was the athlete with the highest pay and in 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2010 she earned more than any other sportswoman on the globe according to Forbes. She was also included in Forbes Philanthropy and Under 30 lists. Time magazine included her as one of 2010’s 100 Most Influential People. She was ranked by Forbes from 2010 until 2015 in the top ten as a Korea Power Celebrity. During the Winter Olympics opening ceremony for 2018, she lit the Olympic cauldron in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Yuna Kim began skating when she was six with Ryu Jong-hyun as her coach. Her coach predicted she would become a famous figure skater as time passed. During an interview in 2011, she thanked her coaches for realizing her body structure and muscles were perfect for skating. She feels lucky her coaches helped her develop her talent. The facilities in South Korea were limited during her junior years. She had an interview with CNN in 2010 and spoke of the few ice rinks in existence in South Korea, stating the majority were public.
Even now, when an athlete in South Korea wants to practice skating, they must do so either late at night or early in the morning. The figure skaters must train in different rinks on a consistent basis because there are not enough rinks available for all the skating teams. She believes the possibility of injury always exists because the skating rinks are too cold. While she was a teenager, she often wore skates that did not fit properly due to the lack of proper skate shops. She suffered from many injuries and had a hard time keeping her balance because of this.
Yuna Kim’s first international competition was in 2002 at the Triglav Trophy in Slovenia. She received the gold medal for winning the novice competition. She won the South Korean Championships senior title at age twelve and her second international title at the Golden Bear of Zagreb.