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Yuna Kim wins in Germany

Dec 10, 2012, 10:05 AM EDT

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After more than 18 months away from figure skating, Vancouver gold medalist Yuna Kim marked her triumphant return to the sport by winning the NRW trophy in Germany over the weekend.

The South Korean star also locked up a spot at March’s World Championships in Ontario by scoring 201.61 points – the best of any skater this season – after overcoming a fall in her free program. She won competition by more than 40 points.

“At the beginning of the program my spins were going well, but I made one mistake,” she told the Associated Press. “Afterward, I felt shaky but I persevered to the end. I was actually surprised at the score I received. That was unexpected. I think I did my best, the best I could, even though I don’t feel I’ve shown all I can do. But overall I’m satisfied with the result today.”

Kim said she isn’t worried about Sochi right now, but will instead focus on the current season, and on the Korean National Championships taking place during the first week of January in Seoul.

“I’m going to prepare very hard for it, not just for me but so all the other young skaters in Korea can also gain entry to the Olympics.”

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