Story by James S. Kim.
Yuna Kim hung up her blades for the final time after a farewell performance in Seoul earlier this month. But the South Korean queen of the ice isn’t done with figure skating quite yet.
Kim told Vogue Korea that she was looking forward to the next stage in her career, which will involve developing younger skaters and keeping South Korea in the conversation for the sport.
“Thinking about how I am going to be living a completely different life, I am excited and also afraid,” she admitted. “However, my anticipation is greater. I will still be working in sports. Since figure skating is something that I know the most, I won’t let go of it, and I hope to be able to help my juniors.”
Readers of Vogue Korea will also be able to see an entirely different side of Kim in the June issue. Her photo spread brings back memories of her 2010 record-setting gold medal free skate in Vancouver, where she skated to George Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F,” as she dons the bob and edginess of a 1920s flapper.
Check out these photos.