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Kim to shift focus to Korean nationals, worlds

Skater gained ISU technical minimum scores last week in Dortmund, Germany

Yu-Na Kim has not competed at the Korean Figure Skating Championships since 2006, when she won her last of fourth straight national titles.
Yu-Na Kim has not competed at the Korean Figure Skating Championships since 2006, when she won her last of fourth straight national titles. (Getty Images)

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By icenetwork.com
(12/11/2012) - Reigning Olympic champion Yu-Na Kim will likely compete only two more times this season, a representative of the athlete said Tuesday.

An official with All That Sports, Kim's agency, told the Korea JoongAng Daily (the English-language version of the Korean newspaper JoongAng Ilbo), "With the requirements fulfilled [for entry to the world championships], I think she won't compete in other international events before March."

The agent went to say Kim's next competition would likely be the 2013 Korean Figure Skating Championships, to be followed by the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships.

That would seem to rule out Kim competing at the 2013 Four Continents Championships, scheduled for Feb. 6-11 in Osaka, Japan.

At last week's NRW Trophy in Dortmund, Germany, Kim needed to earn 28 points or more for her technical elements score (TES) in the short program and 48 in the free skate to make her eligible to compete at worlds.

She easily surpassed those marks, earning a TES of 37.42 in the short and 60.82 in the free en route to winning the competition by 42 points.

The Korean championships will take place Jan. 4-6 in Seoul.