Kim Yu-Na talks about the Pyeongchang Olympics and her success

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“Queen” Kim Yu-Na‘s popularity and support from fans continues to skyrocket as shown through her past three sold-out shows. In a recent interview with TIME magazine, she expressed her gratitude toward her fans, shared how she, like everyone, hates Mondays, and revealed her excitement for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

Regarding her first initial reaction to Pyeonchang’s win, she told TIME‘s Clara Kim that it was “relief”:

The Korean delegation worked so hard for 10 years to host the Olympics. I joined the team at the last minute, but the bid came to mean more when I saw from up close how much the rest of the delegation invested in it. I started thinking, ‘This really has to happen!’ It could not be any other way.

She also shared why she thinks she has been so successful:

I think I’m a born athlete. My coaches have told me my muscles and body structure are perfect for skating. I was born with a good instrument, maybe more so than the talent. I was lucky my coaches noticed early on and helped me develop that. A lot of people don’t know they are born that way.

Kim Yu-Na will soon be leaving Seoul to continue her training in Los Angeles.

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[Photos: Ralston/Getty; Weltexpress/DPA]


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