Reigning Olympic figure skating champion Kim Yu-na poses after arriving at Incheon International Airport, Tuesday. Kim said she will sit out the entire 2011-2012 season, including the world championships, which she competed last season./ Yonhap
By Yi Whan-woo
Reigning Olympic figure skating champion Kim Yu-na said Tuesday she will not compete in the entire 2011-2012 season, including the world championships in which she settled for silver in April, the final event of the previous season.
“I’ve decided not to enter any event this upcoming season,” Kim said at Incheon International Airport upon returning from training in Los Angles.
This will be the first time that the 21-year-old will sit out a whole season in her junior and senior career.
“After the Vancouver Olympics last year, it’s been a whirlwind of activities on top of all the preparations for competitions. I felt I needed to take a breather.”
She already hinted in June at missing the season, as she was not on the list of invited skaters for the Grand Prix series, which she was eligible for if she had registered.
However, she said she will not retire from figure skating, saying, “I’ve only made up my mind for this season.”
“Skipping this season doesn’t mean retirement. It won’t be over until I think I’ve had enough.”
In the previous season, she only competed in the world championships in Moscow, her first international competition since topping the podium at the 2010 Winter Games.
Kim will attend a council meeting of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games Committee, Wednesday. She represented the city in its bid to host the first Winter Olympics in Korea, stepping up as a speaker in the final presentation in July.