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Yuna Kim: ‘The classification I received was what I deserved’

Aug 14, 2014, 9:22 AM EDT

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Yuna Kim said she deserved to win a silver medal at the Sochi Olympics, where controversial judging awarded the gold to Russian Adelina Sotnikova.

“The classification I received was what I deserved,” Kim told L’Osservatore Romano, a Vatican City newspaper.

The 2010 Olympic gold medalist also said she didn’t blame anyone for what happened six months ago.

In June, the Korea Skating Union’s complaints about the judging were dismissed by the International Skating Union, which found no bias from Russian judge Alla Shekhovtseva, who is married to a top Russian figure skating federation official and was seen hugging Sotnikova shortly after she won gold.

Kim, 23, retired after Sochi and has been linked to interest in graduate school and coaching.

U.S. figure skaters since Sochi

  1. izero345 - Aug 14, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    I’m pretty confident that there was some misunderstanding between Yuna and the interviewer from the Vatican City newspaper. Yuna probably meant that there wasnt anything she could do so she just accepted it… hmm I highly doubt the correctness of the word choice “deserved” in the Vacitcan Newspaper.

  2. justicew - Aug 14, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    Yo, NBC. Stop trying to manipulate Kim’s words. I know you guys invested a lot on Olympic but Sochi was a scandal. end of discussion. Kim didn’t say she deserved what she got in Sochi. She said that she accept whatever the result was and she is not in a shoe who can claim about the score.

  3. cherishmashoes2014 - Aug 14, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    She just said that she is not the one who can judge the result.
    (She was not at the position/status which can make any comment about the result).
    She didn’t say she deserves to silver or satisfied with silver. She said she just did her best.

    • cherishmashoes2014 - Sep 6, 2014 at 3:50 AM

      and It doesn’t matter she accepted or not. She’s just a skater who can’t against for judges as all other skaters and this article must be mis-translated. She already told that Sochi scandal was ridiculous but she had to admit whatever it was at her first fan meeting after Sochi Olympics.

    • cherishmashoes2014 - Sep 6, 2014 at 4:32 AM

  4. tatulov - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    I do understand that sometimes words tend to get lost during translations, especially as in this case, a double translation (Korean to Italian and again to English) but frankly, that particular translation could be quite misleading.

    At the interview post FS at Sochi when Kim was asked a numberous times about the controversial results, she stated it doesn’t matter whether she agrees with it or not coz that is not hers to judge and there’s nothing she could do about it anyway. She also said ‘I think the gold went to someone who desired it more than I did and let’s just leave it at that.’

    There were numerous questions repeated afterwards Sochi that had been answered by her in a similar context, as in kind of a vague manner, and that is just her way to humbly accept the results (that
    is downright fraud as anyone who watched Sochi would know already) and trying to generally show respect to the opponent as a fellow athlete. Not once on those occasions she stated nor insinuated that the outcome was ‘right’.

    I bet she responded in this interview in exactly the same way as the previous ones. I dunno if this was just an honest mistranslation or the media trying to issualize with a controversial title, but either way, please stop trying to abuse her classy act to manipulating it as an excuse of ‘Sotnikova’s gold was deserved’ type of crap. It’s just down right cheap and shameful.

  5. psummers890613 - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Nbc, seriously… You’re doing the same thing that IOC’s doing – fabricating/twisting Yuna’s words to justify a wrongful/unjust result. How far would you go to bring down Yuna? How far would you go to suck up to ISU? Do you realize this will not cover up the truth – truth that Yuna not only deserved gold medal but also a glorious moment as she is crowned the third woman to win back to back gold medal. The truth that NYT/NBC are all in on this somehow and are only disgracing themselves by denying an inevitable fact – fact that Yuna was grossly underscored no matter how you slice the situation.

  6. efox770405 - Aug 16, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    Yuna gave it all that night. She has no regrets. She was not the judge, so there wasn’t anything she could have done. So she dealt with the result – heck even accepted it. She was class act all the way – hugging Sotnikova when sotnikova approached her for a handshake after the game. Holding herself together through the medal ceremonies, smiling brightly… But never in million years it means she DESERVED the silver medal. The dethroning of the queen, technically inferior with less triple jump, jumps low & speed slow, seems drained towards the end, no spark, not what she used to be, less difficult program… These are all so called justifications or rationalizations of Yuna’s supposed “defeat”, suspiciously suggested by NBC/NYT and other Sotnikova supporters, which are seriously laughable. It’s an insult to Yuna’s class of performance to even be discussed in this way, but if you must have more tangible proof as to why this whole thing is beyond bogus and it is a down right robbery, take a look at fancam versions of Yuna’s adios Nonino or even NBC version (ironically, despite what NBC wants to suggest, their own broadcast speaks the truth…) oh and don’t forget to search for send in the clowns – the short program in NBC version. Also try looking up Sotnikova’s performnace in raw cam. Sochi camera work really did wonders in favouring their home athlete and degrade Yuna’s performance (jumps look relatively low, speed seems slow etc)

    I’m not gonna explain all the gory details but i’ll simply put it this way – Yuna’s short program was the very starting point of the Sochi scandal, as she was mysteriously underscored despite her flawless/exquisite performance. Then, Yuna’s timeless performance of Adios Nonino was disgraced by the judges who were blind to see what was in front of them – by being given way UNDESERVING GoEs and nearly same PCS scores as Sotnikova…

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