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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!

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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!

Remembering Kim Kwang Seok

January 6, 2009

kim-kwang-seok1Today is 13th anniversary of Kim Kwang Seok’s (김광석 金光石) death who committed suicide on January 6, 1996.

 

His death being marked by a memorial conert including my favorite rock bank “Crying Nut” in Seoul.

 

서른 즈음에 : Thirty Something (At the age of thirty) 

이등병의 편지 : A letter from a private

이등병의 편지 with a clip from movie “JSA

 

일어나 : Stand up

 

How lucky I am to know one of the greatest musicians.

 

 

 

 

Prestigious Victory and Honor

June 5, 2007

 

In PGA tour, Korean golfer K.J. Choi ran off four straight birdies on the front nine to take the lead, then finished with three clutch par saves from the bunkers and gallery to close with a seven-under-par 65 in the final round to finish at 17-under-par 271 at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.       

K.J. Choi figured the best way to learn to play golf was to study books by Jack Nicklaus and spend hours watching video of golf’s greatest champion. It was only fitting Choi celebrate the biggest victory of his career at the Memorial on Sunday with a handshake from Jack Nicklaus that was as meaningful as the trophy.

“I just feel very honored and very happy to be living in the same time as Jack is living, and to win his tournament is so meaningful to me,” Choi said after his fifth career victory earned him $1.08 million. “I can only think that this was meant to be.”

After winning the Memorial Tournament on Sunday, K.J. Choi climbed 15 places to No. 17 in the latest Official World Golf Ranking.

And on the LPGA side, Pak Se-ri, 29, will be the first Korean to be inducted the World Golf Hall of Fame Thursday when she finishes the first round of the McDonald’s LPGA Championship.

 

As Pak is the three-time champion of the tournament, it will once again become an honorary contest for her. By participating in one of the four LPGA major competitions, Pak will fulfill all three criteria for the induction…