By Yoon Chul
International Skating Union (ISU) president Ottavio Cinquanta sent an e-mail to the Korea Skating Union (KSU) asking whether it is possible for Kim Yu-na to compete at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships held in Jeonju, South Korea from Jan 25 to 31 in 2010.
With the Vancouver Olympics starting on Feb. 12, just 12 days after the Four Continents wraps up, many of the world's top figure skaters won't be taking part, including Kim, who announced she would skip the competition a year ago.
"The deadline for registration is Jan. 5 and we will wait until that day," a KSU official told the Korea Times. "We don't expect many competitive skaters will appear at the championships," added official.
Meanwhile a source from Kim's camp said she's not considering competing and they know nothing about the e-mail from Cinquanta.
"Kim doesn't know anything about this, whether it really came to the KSC, whether it even existed or what the contents were," the source told the Korea Times.
"It's completely expected that the top skaters will not compete there, so soon before the Olympics. She announced she wouldn't be performing at the Four Continents Championship almost a year ago," he said.
"At this time, its unncessesary for her to say anything about the Four Continents," he added.
Because the request was made in such an informal manner, it's highly unlikely that it will lead to Kim changes her plans during such a critical point in her preparation for the Olympics.
It's not known whether Cinquanta made similar requests to other top skaters such as Mao Asada of Japan or Joannie Rochette of Canada,