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The “Queen”Yu-na wins gold with record score!

February 26, 2010

Fantastic performance!  Yu-na Kim was crowned Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games champion with a new world record combined total of 228.56. She won with a huge margin of 23.06 points.

Kim Yu-na dissolved into tears after she obliterated the opposition to become the first South Korean to win an Olympic figure skating gold medal, while a grieving Joannie Rochette melted millions of hearts with a display of sheer courage…”

The “Queen” Yu-na, center, stands with silver medalist Mao Asada, left, and bronze medalist Joannie Rochette of Canada during the medals ceremony.

Kim Yu-na can finally relax and not need to think about the future after the teenager rose to the occasion and won the gold medal in the women’s figure skating on Thursday.

The 19-year-old was the overwhelming favorite to finish top of the podium but said the pressure going into the event was immense.

“I feel now as if a huge burden has been lifted,” the Games’ highest-earning female athlete — she makes an estimated $8 million a year — said after her dazzling, near-perfect program where she nailed all of her 11 jumps.

“I will enjoy this moment and think about things later. I was just thrilled on the podium and I feel so relieved. I had been running toward this dream of the Olympics and was so happy to be here,” she said.

“Since I have accomplished the most important goal in my life I am going to enjoy this moment for a while and then think about what I am going to do,” a beaming Yu-na said…

And here’s clip explains the “Queen” Yu-na with Canadian Coach Brian Orser!

Thank you, Yu-na Kim! 연아야 고마워!


Y.E.Yang Shocks Tiger Woods and the world.

August 17, 2009

It was just remarkable achievement of Y.E. Yang (Yong-Eun Yang, 양용은) PGA ranking #110, won 91st PGA Championship by defeating Tiger Woods by 3 strokes.

Yang ended the final round at 8 under par. Woods placed SECOND at 5 under par. Yang chased Woods head-to-head throughout the final round till 14th hole.

A miraculous chip on the 14th hole for eagle gave Y.E. Yang a shocking lead at Hazeltine.  It was the turning point.

And Yang’s aggresive 3 Hybrid approach on 18th Hole nails the title.

What was Yang’s winning strategy over the “King” Tiger Woods? Yang, through an interpreter, made it all seem simple: It’s not like you’re in an octagon where you’re fighting against Tiger and he’s going to bite you, or swing at you with his 9-iron. The worst that I could do was just lose to Tiger. So I really had nothing much at stake.”

Woods wasn’t at his best, this time with his putter. Usually he can get away with something not working in his game, but not this time. Woods certainly would not be happy afterward, but he reminded us no one had ever gone 15-for-15, or even 14-for-14 for that matter, when leading after 54 holes of a major. Not this time.

In addition to the Wanamaker trophy, he picked up 600 FedExCup points; a 5-year exemption on TOUR and for THE PLAYERS, Masters, U.S. and British Opens; a trip to the 2010 SBS Championship and the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions and a spot on the Presidents Cup team.

It was THE moment of PGA history that Yang is the first Asian-born ever to win one of the four golf majors. For sure, it will have a major impact in Korea and in Asia.  Most of all, it paid off my five hour Sunday afternoon spending on TV.

Congratulations Yong-eun Yang!!!

Images from here and hear.

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!

NO Medal for team Canada yet!

August 14, 2008

Where are you team Canada at the Beijing Olympics?

I am very surprised and sad to see that team Canada has not won any medal yet.  I am not even talking about a “Gold” medal.  Not a silver, not a bronze medal. Any medal!  Togo has a medal. Belarus has won two. Even Georgia has won three medal despite the war with RussiaNorth Korea has earned seven medal so far.  Korea has won 16 medals (Hip Hip Hooray!!)  Our neighbors to the south won 34 medals for the US and a medal for Mexico and Reporters starting to get a bit worried that the entire Canadian team would won fewer medal than US swimmer Michael Phelps.

Team Canada won 12 medals in Athens.  Not this time, yet.   Team Canada have qualified for eight finals in Beijing so far, more than double their total at the 2004 Athens Games. Canadian Atheltes have broken 21 national records and set 28 personal bests, numbers skewed by the fact they are wearing the new, high-tech racing suits. But NO medal yet.

Why?  What going on? Are athletes cursed? Is it because all the efforts and cheers went to winter sports or winter Olympic? Were Canadian Atheltes funded at all?  

Olympics motto is “Citius, Altius, Fortius,” or “Swifter, Higher, Stronger”. And there’s no argue on the Olympics Oath that  

The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.”

BUT Olympics is an international sports events.  Every citizens around the world would be happy to see their national athletes on podium and to hear their national anthem while the national flags on the pole.  I want to see the “Maple Leaf” and to hear” O Canada” 

For whatever reasons, team Canada perfomance are as bad as Beijing’s air quality, so far.

Cheer up team Canada.!

Pics are from here

<UPDATE>  And now, team Canada actually have far more medal than Togo , Belarus, Georgia, or North Korea ranked at 13th for total medals count or at 17th with Gold count as of Today, Aug 19th.  Good work team Canada!!

The Season is back!

September 21, 2007

While Vancouverites covering up the BBQ Grills as months long rainy season approach, the hockey season is back, the Canucks enjoyed 5-4 home victory and improved their pre-season record to 2-0-1 while the Oilers fell to 2-1-0 .The Canucks will practise in Vancouver today and fly to San Jose on Saturday afternoon for a televised game later that night.

Go Canucks Go!

Speaking of sports, Vancouver have banned mixed martial arts, fights, like UFC or Pride FC, temporarily because city councillors don’t know enough about mixed martial arts, and they are concerning about city liability surrounding local events.

Of course, supporters fighting back against a possible ban.

Oh! Don’t forget to check out very interisting photo essay blog about North Korea

And here’s this weekend’s TGIF song, “Do You Love Me?” by Bobby Kim