Kim Yu-na becomes honorary citizen of L.A.LOS ANGELES - Olympic figure skating gold medalist Kim Yu-na of Korea on Friday was granted honorary citizenship of Los Angeles.
The figure skating queen won her first world championship title in the U.S. city in 2009, a year before she won the Olympic gold medal in Vancouver.
“Los Angeles is very special for me as I became the world champion here in 2009. It’s a great honor to be an honorary citizen of this city,” said the 19-year-old at a special ceremony held at the Los Angeles City Council.
On Tuesday, the L.A. City Council unanimously passed a resolution to mark Aug. 7 as “Yu-Na Kim Day,” which was submitted by council members Herb Wesson and Tom LaBonge. Both councilmen represent Korean communities in their respective districts.
Kim was greeted by Wesson and received the citizenship paper and the table of “Yu-na Kim Day” from him.
She autographed four ice skating boots, which will be kept permanently at city hall.
Kim will head to Toronto, Canada, on Sunday where she trains with Canadian coach Brian Orser to prepare for the new season.
She has recently announced that she will skip the Grand Prix series competitions that starts in October, participating only in the world championship next year.