Friday, February 26, 2010

金 = gold

A runaway, record-breaking 228.56 points for a gold medal! I hearby declare this 연아절! Congratulations, Kim Yuna! [NBC.com video available here]

From Sports Illustrated:
Kim Yu-na put one hand to her mouth and let the tears flow.

All that pressure, so many expectations. The "Queen" took it all on and delivered royally.

The South Korean won the Olympic gold medal Thursday night, soaring to a world-record 228.56 points and shattering her previous mark by more than 18 points. It may go down as one of the greatest performances in figure skating history, and it's sure to set off wild celebrations from Seoul to Pyongchang [Kushibo notes that SI wrote it that way]. It's South Korea's first medal at the Winter Olympics in a sport other than speedskating.

Even Kim seemed to be dazzled by the show she put on, gasping when she saw the monstrous score. Coach Brian Orser gave a Rocky-like victory pump, shaking his clasped fists over each shoulder.
And to all those in South Korea who use international sporting events as a proxy for national prestige, congratulations to you, too, I guess. I can hear your whooping and hollering all the way over here.

But much more congratulations to Kim Yuna (金姸兒, 김연아 for those of you looking to see how her name is spelled in Hangul), as well as to Japan's Mao Asada of Japan who won the silver with 205.50 points, and Canada's Joannie Rochette who won the bronze with 202.64 points (and who has been through an awful lot, so this undoubtedly means an awful lot to her).


As the SI hints above, this kind of performance in a signature Olympic event could bode well for Pyongchang (aka Pyeongchang) in its bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics.

I was hoping that Laura Lepistö of Finland (#6 with 187.97 points) or Mirai Nagasu of the US (#4 with 190.15) might also medal (for a while, before the favorites skated, Ms Lepisto was #1), but no such luck. We'll have to see in 2014 (that is, if there's any ice available).

The nearly seventeen-year-old Ms Nagasu will be back, as will South Korea's next skating star (?), sixteen-year-old Kwak Minjung, who came in at #13 with 155.53 points.

And can the bloodthirsty netizens just suck it up now and stop harassing Mr Hewish? Please? Just take the rest of the day off like everybody else in South Korea and drink so much beer and/or soju you can't make it back to your car.

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6 comments:

  1. Awesome! They didn't broadcast this yet, but I was impatient and had to check online. Oh, by the way, Kushibo, since NBC delays broadcasting....I guess you can watch it on TV without feeling like you jinxed anything. Think of it as therapy to get over your jinx-phobia.

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  2. But that means I would have to get home and watch it. Where I'm at right now — doing something that pays the bills — there's no TV.

    I kept the NBC Olympic site on, which did automatic updates, and kept writing this post bit by bit so it would be ready to publish when Ms Nagasu, the last skater, was done and scored.

    I didn't want a Dewey-defeats-Truman moment.

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  3. Speaking of not being able to leave Hewish alone, espn.com released a report of South Korean police arresting a man who threatened to blow up the Australian embassy (here's the clincher) VIA TEXT MESSAGE.
    Anyway, good for Kim Yuna. I haven't watched it either for the whole jinx thing.

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  4. check out the video I made about what its like to watch Kim Yuna:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljztNXMCmHw

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  5. Not bad, butter, but you should know her name is pronounced yuh-nah, not yoo-nah. But that's her fault for the weird Romanization. Should have gone with Yona.

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  6. Kim and Joannie were AMAZING! And they were Trending Topics on Twitter today http://bit.ly/a9IaX7

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