Figure Skating Queen Kim Yu-na
By Kim Tong-hyung
If there's anyone out there still in doubt about Kim Yu-na being the country's most transcendent personality, the results of a recent online poll should quiet the debate.
The teenage figure staking starlet and television commercial queen edged two dead presidents, the incumbent president, the head of the United Nations (U.N.) and a budding Major League Baseball (MLB) star to be named as ``Person of the Year'' by the online readers of Job Korea (www.jobkorea.co.kr).
The Web site, a popular destination for job listings and business information, said its list was based on a survey of about 1,400 adults in their 20s and 30s.
The 19-year-old Kim, currently the world's No. 1 in the International Skating Union (ISU) and fresh off her win at the Grand Prix Final in Japan last week, earned a mind-boggling 64.7 percent of the votes, Job Korea said.
Late President Roh Moo-hyun, who died in May after tragically committing suicide, finished second with 5.8 percent of the votes, while current President Lee Myung-bak was third with 3.7 percent.
Pop singer and movie star Rain finished fourth with 2.5 percent of the votes, followed by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon who got a 2.1 percent support.
Choo Shin-soo, a Cleveland Indians outfielder coming off a breakout season in Major League Baseball, got 2 percent of the votes, followed by Ahn Chul-soo, the founder of security software maker, AhnLab, who got 1.9 percent of the votes. Former president and Noble Peace Prize winner Kim Dae-jung, who died just three months after attending Roh's funeral, garnered 1.4 percent of the votes.
In a separate poll for celebrities, Lee Byung-hun, who made his Hollywood debut in ``G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra,'' but has been ducking the media lately after being linked to a scandal involving a former girlfriend, was voted as the most memorable actor of 2009. Ko Hyun-jung, who is enjoying a renaissance in television after coming back from semi-retirement following her divorce from Shinsegae Vice Chairman Chung Yong-jin, was named as the top actress of the year.
Pop groups 2PM and Girls' Generation were named as the top music talents of the year, Job Korea said.
김연아 `올해의 인물' 압도적 1위
2030 직장인들이 올해를 가장 빛낸 인물로 피겨요정 김연아 (19)를 뽑았다.
온라인 취업포털 잡코리아(www.jobkorea.co.kr)가 지난 달 26일부터 이달 10일까지 국내외 기업에 재직 중인 20-30대 남녀 직장인 1,400여명을 대상으로 '2009년 대한민국을 빛낸 인물'을 설문조사한 결과 김연아가 영예의 1위로 선정됐다.
김연아는 64.7%를 얻어 압도적인 표로 1위를 차지했다. 이제는 피겨요정에서 '피겨여왕'으로 확실히 자리매김 한 김연아의 활약을 2030 남녀 직장인들이 매우 자랑스럽게 여기고 있음을 뜻한다.
김연아에 이어 2위는 고 노무현 전 대통령(5.8%)이 올랐고, 3위는 3.7%의 이명박 대통령이었다. 올해 세계 스타 반열에 오른 비가 2.5%로 4위에 올랐다.
그밖에 반기문 UN 사무총장과 고 김대중 전 대통령 등의 정치인과 추신수, 박지성, 신지애 등의 스포츠 스타들과 등 연예인이 10위권 안에 랭크됐다.