Kim Yu-na to skate in Korean championships

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Kim Yu-na to skate in Korean championships

Figure skating star Kim Yu-na will compete in the Korean national championships this weekend, her first appearance at the tournament in seven years, as she tries to qualify for the world championships this spring.

The Korea Skating Union said yesterday Kim will take part in the 2013 Korea Figure Skating Championships at Mokdong Ice Rink in western Seoul. The ladies’ short program is set for Saturday and free skating is on Sunday.

Kim, 22, last competed in the national championships as a junior in 2006.

Kim, the 2009 world champion and the 2010 Olympic gold medalist, needs to win the Korean title this weekend to qualify for the 2013 world championships to be held in Canada.

Following the end of the 2011 world championships in Moscow, Kim sat out for 20 months while contemplating her future. The extended hiatus led to speculation that she might retire. Later, in July of last year, Kim announced that she would resume her competitive skating career with an eye on the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Yonhap
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