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Goodbye, Yu-na: Queen steps down from ice Updated: 2014-05-07 11:59:30 KST

 Goodbye, Yu-na: Queen steps down from ice

"It wasn't the rankings or points that brought me back to the ice."

"It was you, everyone - who were always there for me. Thank you."

17 years of competition on ice.
Olympic and world champion Kim Yu-na has been waiting for this moment for a very, very long time -- to close her chapter as a competitive skater.
And for her last gala, she transformed into a princess who can't sleep taking the ice with the opera Turandot -- one that she always wanted to skate to.
From her signature Yu-na camel spin to triple jumps -- her skating is flawless like it always has been.
Even though she steps down from the competitive spotlight, skaters believe unanimously that there has not been, and may never be, another perfect skater like Kim.

"I have such respect for you and for all that you've done, and to come back and skate the way you skated. It was even better. And you were, to me, the best.
You've just changed the sport. So thank you, for what you've given to the sport."

It is time to say goodbye, but it's hard for the fans to see the queen leave the ice, as she has been a mainstay of hope and inspiration to her audiences.
Kim, who already donated to the UNICEF for the Sewol-ho ferry victims, spared a minute of silence before the start of the show.

"Her performance is a great consolation to the nation, especially at a time when it's in sorrow and like now. I wish her all the best for her future."

The figure skater who always stood on the podium in every competition she entered in, now has a future entirely open to herself, in which she said, figure skating will always be some part of.

"Even after the Olympics, I trained as usual to give the best in this ice show for my fans.
As for the future, I will take things slow, take some rest as it's really over now."

"Kim Yu-na let go of her status as national skater as of Tuesday, to mark the beginning of her new life, away from competitive skating.
Song Ji-sun, Arirang News.
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