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Sochi Olympics: Yuna Kim's flawless performance cuts no ice in a Russian Arena
SOCHI, Russia — The brilliantly graceful South Korean queen of figure skating did everything necessary to retain her Olympic crown Thursday night while facing a feisty Russian kid in an arena filled with fanatical Russian fans. Yuna Kim never stood a chance. Yuna Kim never stood a chance. Some would call it scandal, others would call it skating, but common sense would call what happened at the Iceberg Skating Palace just plain wrong. Kim skated last and with perfection but could not withstand an earlier emotional charge from 17-year-old Russian Adelina Sotnikova, who used heart and the home-ice advantage to stunningly win the gold medal. Kim finished second, but it was as if she was never even here, as the strength of her presence was overwhelmed by thousands of chanting, cheering Russian fans while the beauty of her skating was ignored by a seemingly biased panel of judges. "I'm speechless," said American Ashley Wagner, who finished seventh. "This sport needs to be held more accountable if it wants more people to believe in it." From the moment Sotnikova skated in the middle of the final group, the scene here indeed bordered on the unbelievable. She began the night in second place behind Kim, and skated with a moving desperation, flying around with speed and athleticism and even charm, waving to the judges during her final spins. By the time she left the ice, a Russian crowd that had surely felt burned by Wednesday night's men's hockey loss sensed it finally had its landmark Olympic victory, and turned up the heat. They cheered and blew horns and chanted "Rus-ay-a" through the final three skaters. They chanted it even louder when a small Korean contingent attempted to chant, "Yu-na-kim." When it was finally Kim's turn to skate, the arena fell nearly silent. The pressure built when the judges made her wait on the ice several minutes longer than normal while calculating the scores for Wagner, the previous skater. While Wagner jokingly held out her hands with impatience, Kim slowly circled the ice again, and again, and again as if slowly losing steam. "After normal time, I had to wait a longer time, and I tried to think of my performance and not think of any other skaters who had skated," Kim said of the strange delay. Or was it so strange? One of the nine judges, Yuri Balkov of Ukraine, served a suspension after the 1998 Olympics for attempting to fix the ice dancing. Another judge, Russian Alla Shekhovtseva, is married to the former Russian skating federation president. Scandal or skating? You decide. As for Kim, by the time they finally let her skate, she gave a flawless performance that should have been enough to keep the crown. She did one fewer jump than Sotnikova, which cost her technically and accounted for the difference in the overall scores. But Sotnikova stepped out of one of her jumps, and, though she was more aggressive than Kim, she wasn't nearly as artistic. Kim was beauty, Sotnikova was brash, and the result seemed clear the moment Kim finished. Kim had surely become only the third woman to win more than one Olympic title. But then the scores were flashed and her gold disappeared and everything became murky. The crowd roared in both excitement and shock. The arena shook with both celebration and anger. While Sotnikova ran through a tunnel into the arms of a coach, Kim stalked off in the other direction. The women appeared together on the ice for the flower ceremony, but it was awkward, as they barely looked at each other. For several long minutes, Sotnikova and bronze medalist Carolina Kostner of Italy waved their flags while Yuna made no initial move to retrieve one of her flags. When their victory lap ended, Sotnikova and Kostner remained on the ice hugging and posing for photos while Kim quickly skated off and disappeared. Kim was clearly irked. Sotnikova was clearly stunned. Said Kim: "The judges give points and I can't do anything about that. I did all I wanted to do, like I wanted to do it.... I did all I can."
K-Idols with tattoos pt. 1
So I know in South Korea tattoos are still somewhat taboo and a very sensitive subject but as a girl with tattoos this is a topic I'm very passionate about. As I stated I have 3 tattoos so obviously I'm all for them. I don't like how they have such a bad stigma because now a days they're a form of expression and they're art. They're a form of strength, encouragement, reminders and memorials. So I kinda wanted to do a card all about k-idols (the ones I could find anyway) who went against the grain and got tattoos despite the way they're viewed. #1 Winner's Mino Meaning: "then the LORD your God will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you and gather you again from all the nations where he scattered you." I don't know the meaning of the one on his back. #2 Topp Dogg's Jenissi. Meaning: Left arm says Stop And Play and his right arm says Let Me Hit That (xD oh Jenissi) #3 Jay Park Meaning: Music, family, crew and his morals. #4 Teen Top's CAP #5 BigBang's GD Meaning: Vita Dolce means beautiful and sweet life, Moderato is a musical term meaning moderate tempo in Italian. The one on his shoulder is from one of his songs the others are unknown. #6 JYJ's JaeJoong Meaning: upper back means "The pleasure of the mighty are the tears of the poor", "hope to the end" and "a song will outlive all sermons in the memory". #7 Block B's Zico Meaning: right side of chest "John the apostle" and a portrait of his mom when she was younger on the right side of his chest #8 BAP's Bang Yongguk Meaning: left shoulder "Do what you like and luv what you do" forearm "make art not war" #9 BigBang's Taeyang Meaning: His faith, Jesus' death and resurrection across his back and a cross along his side. #10 FTISLAND's Lee Hongki Meaning: back of arms freedom, forearms skeletons and keys on shoulder. #11 Beast's Junhyung Meaning: "seize the day, put no trust in tomorrow" right forearm, "if I die tomorrow I would never regret" upper left arm and "born again still your son" right chest #12 Block B's Taeil Meaning: "777" symbols good fortune, 2 dice, MVP and LUCKY #13 BTOB's Changsub Meaning: "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God." (Isaiah 41:10) "Do not be defeated from yourself" #14 BTOB's Ilhoon Meaning: "No one can be like God" #15 WINNER's Tae Hyun Meaning: tattoo on his right arm is the name of the artist, bat, a banana and STAY GOLD. #16 BTOB's Lim Hyunsik #17 Brown Eyed Girls Miryo #18 SISTAR's Hyorin #19 BoA
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Figure skating queen Kim Yuna in a relationship!
The next dating report to come from Korean media outlet 'Dispatch' is none other than 2010 Olympic gold medalist and 2014 Olympic silver medalist Kim Yuna, also known as 'Queen Yuna'! The figure skater is rumored to be in a relationship with a hockey player by the name of Kim Won Joong. It's said the two were able to grow close because they went to the same college and also shared the same ice rink during training in Korea. As figure skaters and hockey players practice at different times, it's difficult to run into each other, but with the common skating interest as well as being college buddies and also training for the Olympics, the two are said to have grown a bond. Due to their busy schedules, the two are said to only meet up two or so times a month, but they do make sure to spend special occasions together like their birthdays or Christmas eve. Kim Yuna's reps have sent out a press release to confirm the two athlete's relationship. Her management All That Sports stated, "We are informing you that the dating report about Kim Yuna dating is mostly true and that she is in a relationship with Kim Won Joong." In addition, according to an insider in the figure skating world, Yuna and Kim Won Joong have been dating for 3 years now. The insider commented, "It's been quite a while since they started dating. This is their third year." However, this duration has not been confirmed by Yuna's reps. Congratulations to Kim Yuna and Kim Won Joong!