2010 champion Yuna Kim taking Olympics like a job

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 16, 2014 at 5:45 am •  Published: February 16, 2014
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SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Don't judge Yuna Kim's workouts by her body language.

Nothing could be more misleading.

The defending champion figure skater from South Korea is approaching the Sochi Olympics like a job. So when she appears to be uninterested in practice, well, forget about it.

Kim gets it done. There's little or no flair and she expresses virtually no emotion. Kim seems to be a totally different skater in training than when she is performing.

She wasn't particularly pleased with everything Sunday, cutting short her run-through halfway through the music.

"It was not great today and I think the ice was not good," Kim said through a translator. "But it was not a big problem."

For Kim, these games are a much different environment from four years ago when she enchanted the sports world with two brilliant programs.

"I don't think these Olympics are special for me like Vancouver was," said 23-year-old Kim, who is widely referred to as "Queen Yuna" in South Korea. "Those were my first Olympics and I wanted to win them very badly, and I did win them. Now I am experienced in the Olympics. I want to win them just the same, yes, but the experience is not the same.

"I have learned from the first Olympics, of course. When I went to my first Olympic Games, I experienced all of the pressure and was able to win the gold medal. I try not to feel the pressure and I try not to be nervous when I am on the ice and when I compete."

Instead, she gets down to business.

That business included some extra work on her triple lutz, which she popped during her run-through. Kim attended to that issue by hitting two triple lutzes later in the training session.

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