Yuna Kim’s new gala, Bulletproof, has debuted this week, showcasing the opulent plasticity of Korean figure skating queen in the 2010 All That Skate Summer held in Seoul, South Korea.
The 19 year old figure star — who also performed Massenet’s “Meditation for Thais”, one of her most luscious masterpieces that had first appeared in the Vancouver Olympic gala, followed by a duet with Michelle Kwan to Mariah Carey’s “Hero” — electrified the sold out rink with the upbeat, mirth filled, and mechanically pigmented score by La Roux.
The three-day star studded shows, which Kim’s own management company had for the first time produced, concluded with Kim’s magnanimously resounding popularity at home as well as her plenary marketing ability.
Hosting an event, barely a few months after the 2010 Fiesta on Ice in Korea this year, with world top gunners, including Michelle Kwan, widely known as Kim’s idol, and Sasha Cohen, the Olympic Silver medalist, Kim meted out the peerless glow, gratifying the fans who had been resignedly long counting down the days for the queen’s first competitive appearance in Japan in 2011.
Kim, the figure potentate of late, who had already announced she would sit out the Grand Prix events, precluded any misgivings on her pristine regalia, radiating alongside of Kwan and Cohen, the two most prominent US figure skating celebrities.
“We’re having a blast! I’m having a great time skating with Yuna,” said Michelle Kwan, the five time world champion who’s currently in a master program at Tufts University, little betraying a protocol of the guest of honor.
“Yuna’s face is everywhere,” tweeted Belbin on arrival at Seoul, trying to size up the ubiquitous Kim of the city.
The blueprint of Kim’s cult-like popularity today in her native country dates way back to 2007 when she happened to run a show all alone.
As the legend has it, in 2007, Kim at 16– then newly budding figure star in Korea before her meteoric shot through the roof — had to perform, out of charity of heart, to “Once Upon A Dream ” in front of the crowd in lieu of a cancelled ice show.
Kim single-handedly took up the task, demonstrating a portent of preternatural strength of the future queen of ice who would soon rise to the top of the figure skating world as the most memorable champion of all time, which has eventually cemented the figure queen’s iconic status today at home and her perennial charms abroad that has continuously drawn in the hearts of the fans throughout the world.
Bulletproof can be a milestone that envisions Kim’s pioneering career, from a skater to an entertainer, or perhaps even more.
Her skipping Grand Prix may be a wise decision, now that it’s a lurid possibility that the figure queen would someday turn the ice to a rock concert.
Yu-na Kim performing “Once Upon A Dream” 2007.9.16 Seoul Lotteworld Ice rink.