Seoul: South Korea’s figure skating Olympic gold medallist Kim Yu-Na said Monday she will skip the upcoming Grand Prix series and focus instead on next year’s world championships.
The first Grand Prix competition of the 2010-2011 season is in Japan on October 22 and the season-ending world championships will be held on March 19, also in Japan.
“I didn’t start training yet, but I’ll focus on the world championships. After the ice show, I’ll make up a schedule with the coaching staff and select the programmes,” Kim was quoted by Yonhap news agency as saying upon arrival at Incheon International Airport.
Kim, 19, who has been training in Toronto with her Canadian coach Brian Orser, returned home to take part in an ice show on Friday.
The 2009 world champion did not defend her title at this year’s championships a few weeks after the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Kim said she will also miss the Winter Asian Games starting on January 30 in Kazakhstan.
Since taking the gold medal in Vancouver with a record 228.56 points, Kim has been avoiding questions about whether she would retire, Yonhap reported.
She has won seven Grand Prix titles, three Grand Prix Final trophies, one world championship title and the Olympic gold medal since her senior international debut in 2006.