The ladies figure skating
in the Vancouver Olympic Games was the greatest competition ever. Although for the first time since 1968 no American earned a medal, the two American teenagers did our country proud. Kim Yuna
won the gold medal, the first Korean to medal in figure skating. Mao Asada
of Japan landed at least two triple axels during the Olympic competition, becoming the first woman to do so in the Olympics. Overcoming personal tragedy, Joannie Rochette
of Canada earned the bronze. Mirai Nagasu
from Arcadia, California, skated her personal best to finish in fourth place.
I have watched ladies' figure skating all of my life, and I don't remember seeing such a flawless and emotionally-charged Olympic competition. Falls usually mar and destroy the feeling of awe in the Olympic figure skating. However, every lady in the top group displayed the incredible combination of athletic expertise and graceful beauty.No one could take their eyes off the beautiful skating.
Coming into the competition, the marquee event of every Winter Olympics, everyone expected Yu-Na to win the gold. In South Korea, she has become a national hero and selling everything. If she didn't win, many people would have been disappointed and her country would have seen her as a failure.
Yuna, coached by two-time Olympic silver medalist Brian Orser
, performed beautifully. The reining the World Champion handled the incredible probably unfair pressure well and gave one of the greatest long programs in the history of the sport. She landed every jump on one foot with elegance. While her athleticism was apparent, she didn't ignore the spins or the footwork. She skated third in the last group. However, as soon as she finished, everyone knew Yuna accomplished her goal and still is a Korean national hero.