Archive for March, 2009

Bravo Yuna Kim!

March 30, 2009

It took two years for Yuna Kim, coached by Canadian Brian Orserbecoming the first skater in history to eclipse the 200 point mark, with an overall score of 207.71 to win the gold.

Yuna Kim, who won bronze medals in 2007 and 2008, scored 131.59 in the ladies’ free skating to grab the winning title at the World Figure Skating Championships in Los Angeles on Sunday.

She came out of the competition with a combined score of 207.71, becoming the first female single skater to break a total score of 200.

The article describes her performance 

“There is so much more to her, though. Her edge quality is so high; she carves the ice like a calligrapher. All of her jumps were landed to crescendos in the music, making the music as much a part of her program as any other element. Her footwork was exquisite, and she skated with the elegance of a queen throughout her “Scheherazade” program.

“The audience was on its feet for the last 15 seconds of her program, knowing it had seen something truly special for a second straight night. Her only flaws were popping a triple salchow and not getting credit for her final spin because it didn’t meet the criteria. But those were forgotten by the time her magical performance was over.

“This is my third world championships, and the last two I was really regretful I was not able to do well”,  “Winning the world championships was my dream and I did it,” Yuna said

“NOW, I plan to practice for the Olympics.” 

Canada’s Joannie Rochette, 23, captured the silver medal Saturday night in Los Angeles, posting a score of 123.39 in the free skate for an overall total of 191.29. Japan’s Miko Ando was third, with an overall score of 190.38.

Congratulations to Joannie Rochette and Miko Ando for their achievements! 

Yuna on short program

Yuna on free skating

Victory ceremony

Bravo Yuna Kim!

Queen Yuna Indeed!

Fox News show bashed Canada

March 26, 2009

Every local media is talking about “Red Eye” this week.  Is this “Red Eye”, of course I never heard of before this, supposed to be a comedy show?  Actually I am not surprised most  American’s ignorance about outside world. (Seriously do they even know their surroundings beyond ten hundred kilometer radius?)   But the level of ignorance is unbelievable from comments are made from the host, Greg Gutfield, and his fellow panelists on national television network, so called Fox News Network, that the Canadian Forces would use the year to “do some yoga, paint some landscapes, and run on the beach”,  “the perfect time to invade this ridiculous country” because “they have no army.”,  “I didn’t even know they were in the war”, and “Canada only has a Police force that rides around on Horses, without bulletproof vests or armored vehicle”…blah blah blah. 

Title on YouTube clip says all about “How to lose friends and alienate countries” 

They just cross the line of humor under the name of “free speech”.    It is just another typical view of Americans on outside world. These people continue to live in a world of their own making – a world in which they are the centre of the universe with all stereotypes aside.

And these people keep forgetting that their own Soldiers are risking their lives or dying to protect the rights of these peoples, idiots, to” free speech”

I do not know much about Canada yet but I know few facts about Canada’s contribution to the world peace including 116 fine Canadian military personnel have given their lives in Afghanistan since 2002. 

 

Cartoon linked from The Vancouver Sun