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Yuna Kim lauds new, 11-year-old South Korea figure skating champion

Yuna Kim

Yuna Kim of South Korea celebrates with the national flag after her second place finish in the women’s free skate figure skating finals at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)


An 11-year-old broke Yuna Kim‘s record as South Korea’s youngest-ever national figure skating champion over the weekend.

You Young, who is 4 feet, 7 inches, according to Agence France-Presse, landed seven triple jumps in her free skate at the South Korean Championships on Sunday.

Watch her short program here and her free skate here.

Kim won her first national title at age 12 in 2003, seven years before she took Olympic gold in Vancouver in a performance that inspired You, according to AFP.

“She is even better than I was,” the retired Kim, who was in attendance at the South Korean Championships, said of You, according to AFP.

Sadly for South Korea, You is too young to compete at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Games, the first Winter Olympics to be held in South Korea.

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