While Korean figure skating sensation Kim Yuna looks to achieve victory at the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia – and she might just do it – here’s some tid bits of info to prime you up on this 23-year-old idol-status sports star:
1. She’s one of the most-sponsored stars in Korea with sponsors like Samsung, Hyundai, Korean Air and Nike, hiring her for huge ad campaigns.
2. She’s a K-pop star! Kim has worked as a singer on several projects with idol stars like Lee Seung Gi and Big Bang, and she has performed songs by Girls’ Generation, IU, Brown Eyed Girls’ Narsha and BoA on stage.
3. She made Forbes’ list of highest-paid female athletes in 2010 with an annual income of over $9.7 million.
4. 2010 also saw TIME magazine rank her as one of the world’s most influential people.
5. She has published two books: an autobiographical story about her rise to sports stardom titled Kim Yuna’s Seven-Minute Drama, and another inspirational book for younger readers called, Like Kim Yuna.
6. She is a generous philanthropist and a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. Her charitable contributions known to public by 2009 totalled $1.7 million and she has donated substantial monies to numerous charities since then, such as a $100,000 donation last year to aid Philippine children damaged by Typhoon Haiyan.
7. She has many trophies: gold in the ladies’ single at the 2010 Winter Olympics, Vancouver; two-time World champion; three-time Grand Prix Final Champion; and six-time South Korean national champion.
8. If she wins gold at Sochi, she will become the first woman to retain her Olympic figure skating title since Katarina Witt in 1988.
9. She loves to unwind with movies and her favorites include Paranormal Activity, 500 Days Of Summer, Remember Me and Moulin Rouge.
10. As a gold medallist and an ambassador to the city Pyeong Chang, she helped bring the 2018 Winter Olympics to Korea, beating proposals from other potential host cities such as Munich, Germany, and Annecy, France, by promo work and delivering presentations to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
11. She began skating at the age of five!
12. According to local Korean news reports, she plans to retire after the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and hopes to serve on the International Olympic Committee. If she retires at 23, she will be retiring at an age when most start working!
Let’s hope Kim Yuna wins at Sochi and achieves the perfect ending to her amazing career!