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12 Things You Should Know About Kim Yuna

February 19, 2014 at 11:30 am EDT

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.

Kim Yuna at the South Korea national championships in Goyang on January 5 Credit: Kyodo

Kim Yuna at the South Korea national championships in Goyang on January 5
Credit: Kyodo

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.

Spokesmodel: Kim Yuna has fronted numerous campaigns around the world Credit: Samsung

Spokesmodel: Kim Yuna has fronted numerous campaigns around the world
Credit: Samsung

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.

Kim -- pictured at a May 2010 New York event -- was named one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People in 2010 Credit: TIME

Kim -- pictured at a May 2010 event in New York -- was named one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People in 2010
Credit: TIME

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).

Gold! Kim achieved a world record score of 150.06 at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics Credit: IOC/John Huet

Gold! Kim achieved a world record score of 150.06 at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics
Credit: IOC/John Huet

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!

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