Thursday, September 4, 2008

Happy, healthy Kim hopes for big season

Training at Toronto's Cricket Skating & Curling Club -- some 6,500 miles from her hometown in Gunpo, South Korea -- agrees with Yu-Na Kim. When she skates at Lotte World, a recreation complex in Seoul billed as the largest indoor amusement park in the world, the teenager is disadvantaged by her own fame. A national hero, she must weave around dozens of youngsters she inspired to don skates and often pause to sign autographs. "The rink where she trains in Seoul is in an amusement park, and it's a super-duper-sized rink, way bigger than Olympic size," said Kim's coach, two-time Olympic silver medalist Brian Orser. "And there are all these rides going around and a lot of people taking interest, so we have to skate to the middle of the ice and have our little chats."

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