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Kim Yu-Na Wins Upset Victory in Harbin Senior Grand Prix

Kim Yu-na, 17, of South Korea won a upset victory in the third round of the Figure Skating Senior Grand Prix of the 2007-08 International Skating Union (ISU) in Harbin, the capital of the northeastern Chinese province of Heilongjiang ,on Nov. 10, 2 007.

Kim got 122.36 points, the highest score in her figure skating in the female single free skating, bringing her total score to 180.68, including 58.32 with which she was placed at third in the short program Thursday.

European champion Carolina Kostner of Italy, who won the short program, fell to third with 143.86 and runner-up American Caroline Zhang came second at 156.34.

Kim far outperformed the two runners-up in the free skating although she was led by them in the short program.

Figure skating star Kim Yu-na is called the "queen of short program." Last season, she recorded the highest score in the women's single short program history with a 71.95 at the 2007 World Figure Skating Championships in Tokyo.

However, Kim ranked third out of 12 competitors with a 58.32 in the short program in the 2007/2008 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating on November 8.

In particular, Kim performed the triple roof nearly perfect in her first attempt although she had never tried in the last season as she felt difficult to do the jump.

After the success in the highly difficult attempts, Kim showed the remaining program in smooth as if water flows downward.

Although Kim failed once in jumping, Kim garnered 65.56 points in technology factor in free skating, 14.22 points more than 51.34 the second placer Caroline Zhang scored.

In free skating alone, Kim also broke her record of 119.32 she set at the fourth round of the Grand Prix free skating last November by 3.04 points.

Kim Yu-Na came to prominence in the 2004-2005 season, when she placed second at the Junior Grand Prix Final and again at the World Junior Figure Skating Championships, earning Korea's first medal at an ISU Championship. She won everything on the Junior level the following season.

In order to prepare for her senior debut in the 2006-2007 season, Kim moved to Toronto, Canada during the summer of 2006. There, she worked with David Wilson and Tom Dickson, and later switched coaches from Kim Se-Yol to Brian Orser.

At the 2006 Troph'e Eric Bompard, Kim won the gold medal. It was the first for a Korean skater at a senior international competition. Kim went on to win the 2006 Grand Prix Final.

In January 2007, Kim was diagnosed with early-stage disc herniation and did not compete at the South Korean Championships. Despite not competing at Nationals, she was selected to represent Korea at the 2007 World Figure Skating Championships.

In March 2007, Kim participated in the 2007 World Championships in Tokyo and achieved a record high score for her Short Program ('El Tango de Roxanne' from the Moulin Rouge soundtrack). She finished third place in the overall competition.



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