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Posted : 2014-01-06 14:52
Updated : 2014-01-06 14:52

Figure queen makes 2014 list of people

Kim Yu-na

Lee Jay-yong
Figure skater Kim Yu-na and Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jay-yong made the Wall Street Journal's list of "People to Watch in Asia in 2014."

In the Asia edition of the U.S. daily, Kim was introduced as "South Korea's reigning Olympic figure-skating champion and two-time world champion," who is "hotly tipped for gold" at the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics.

Kim placed first in the Korean national figure-skating championships Sunday, with a score of 227.86, a mere 0.7 points below the world record of 228.56, which she set at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

The journal described Lee as the "heir apparent to a Korean technology giant that is in the ascendancy."

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un also made the list this year, with a caption describing Kim's grip on power as "uncertain."

Also on the list were Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, China's Finance Minister Lou Jiwei and Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan.

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