The term Grand Slam is not often used in figure skating, but it’s worth mentioning that Kim is the first ever lady to hold the title of 4CC, World Championships, Grand Prix Final and Winter Olympics at the same time.
Time to claim my free beer from the Korean guys lol. Image from Chosun [Kr]
Korean athletes have been doing quite well at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, but all eyes were on 19-year-old world figure skating champion Kim Yuna’s record breaking performance in the short program on Tuesday.
Korean figure skating star Kim Yuna has set a new world record for the ladies’ short program en-route to winning the women’s single title at the 08/09 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships (4CC) in Vancouver, Canada…
The 18-year-old sensation scored 72.24 points on Wednesday, the highest total for a short program under the new judging system. Her performance at the long program was not as impressive but it’s enough to claim the overall title.
On the other hand, Chinese figure skaters Pang Qing and Tong Jian won the pair skating title, making this event a pretty successful outing for the Asians.
[Feb 2010 Update] Kim has broken the record on numerous occasions since this story was first posted. The latest record was set at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
SM Entertainment, the Korean talent agency that boost the likes of BoA, Kangta, TVXQ, Super Junior, SNSD, Ara and Lee Yeon-hee etc. will be holding the “08 SM Entertainment Global Audition” in Sept/Oct 2008.
The auditions will be held from September 19 to October 25 in Hawaii, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Orange County (CA), New York, San Francisco, Toronto and Vancouver. Nationality doesn’t matters, but it seems like they are looking for Asian faces only.
It’s funny that SM is calling it a ‘global’ audition when in fact the locations are limited to US and Canada. Regardless, it’s a chance for young Asian talents to try their luck if they are interested with the entertainment business.
Set aside the publicity purpose, SM do mean business with the auditions. If not mistaken Tiffany from SNSD and Henry from Suju-M were discovered from previous auditions… there might be a few more that I’m not aware of.
Check SM’s website for details and updates. Good luck if there is any taker here.