Cr. - Chosun Ilbo
Figure skating champion Kim Yu-na says she is looking forward to the Olympic Games in Sochi next year but will not let the pressure of winning get to her.
Kim was speaking to reporters at Incheon International Airport on Wednesday on return from her triumph at the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships in Canada. Over 1,000 reporters and fans gathered at the airport to welcome her.
"I feel like a burden has been lifted off my shoulders. It was the first worlds after taking a break from competition, and I thought there would be a lot of attention on how many spots in the Olympics I can win for Korea. I didn't want to get negative reviews, so I wanted to do well, and I thought I couldn't relax till after the championships."
For next year's Olympics, "rather than thinking that I must win the gold medal, I'm thinking more about preparing well and letting the result follow," she added.
"Once I've rested and regained my condition, I will start preparing for the next season," she said. "Because the 'Les Misérables' routine got such great reviews, I need a new program that can top it," she added.
She has already discussed the music with her long-time choreographer David Wilson of Canada but not made a decision yet.
Kim decided to renew her contract with coaches Shin Hye-sook and Ryu Jong-hyeon until the end of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, and will be based in Korea for training. Kim added, "I'll probably make brief trips abroad for the choreography, but I will train primarily in Korea."