Star skater Yu-na gets her day in L.A.LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles is honoring Korean figure skating star Kim Yu-na’s upcoming visit by designating Aug. 7 as “Yu-Na Kim Day,” the city council announced Tuesday. The 20-year-old Olympic gold medalist is due to receive the Proud Korean Award, presented by the Korean American Leadership Foundation, on the same day.
The announcement came after the Los Angeles City Council unanimously passed a resolution to mark Aug. 7 as Yu-Na Kim Day. Council members Herb Wesson and Tom LaBonge - who both represent Korean communities in their respective districts - submitted the resolution.
“She is a very good figure skater. She has made the people of Korea proud. She has made all Olympians proud,” Wesson said during a press conference. “And we here in Los Angeles have the largest Korean population outside Korea. We are very proud and excited about the day and excited about her visit.”
Kim is to arrive in Los Angeles on Friday, the day before the awards ceremony, to meet Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. She will autograph the resolution and an ice skate, which will be kept permanently in the city hall.
“Los Angeles, as a former Olympic host city, has a special interest in athletes who have competed in the Games,” said Hong Myeong-gi, chairman of the Korean American foundation. “The city council’s decision to establish Yu-Na Kim Day has raised the prestige of the Korean community here.”