Yuna Kim VS Mao Asada: Yuka Sato, The Skating Lesson Weigh In On Their Olympic Gold Chances In Sochi
By Staff Writer | September 18, 2013 01:16 PM EDT
The 2014 Sochi Olympics is coming up, and the Yuna Kim, Mao Asada rivalry will once again play a factor as they both compete for the gold medal.
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After the 2013 World Championships as well as recent performances at ice shows, several figure skaters, coaches, former competitors are weighing on the gold medal chances for Yuna Kim and Mao Asada.
As figure skating fans know, Yuna Kim will be going into the Olympic season as the reigning world champion once again, much like four years ago. Her win dominated silver medalist Carolina Kostner and bronze medalist Mao Asada.
"She proved that she deserved that Olympic title, world title. I mean, she is the best ladies skater in the world today," said former U.S. ladies competitor on "The Skating Lesson."
"She really has had, now, two clean long programs this year, which we never saw before in her career, so I really feel like she's better than ever in many ways," continued co-host Dave Lease.
But others, like former world champion and current figure skating coach Yuka Sato, are less certain about Yuna Kim's certainty to beat Mao Asada this season.
"Just recently I saw [Mao Asada]...practice," said Yuka Sato. "Her triple axels are beautiful. A lot of the jumps are much cleaner. The edges are great. The whole performance level is just so much more mature than she's ever been."
"I think she's got a good shot of winning, or at least medaling."
For her short program, Yuna Kim will skate to "Send in the Clowns" from the musical "A Little Night Music" by Stephen Sondheim.
"('Send in the Clowns') is sung by a woman who misses her lover who left," says Kim according to NBC.
In addition, Yuna Kim will use "Adios Nonino" by Astor Piazzolla, choreographed by David Wilson.
"This is my last competition program as a player (skater), and I'm so happy that I chose the song that I've always wanted to do. I'll try my best to show as great performance as fans are expecting from me."
Kim Yuna is expected to make her program debut at Skate Canada this October, while Mao Asada will being her Olympic season at Skate America.
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