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Yuna Kim happy that ‘absurd’ situation is finished

Yuna Kim

Sochi Winter Olympics women’s figure skating silver medalist Yuna Kim gestures during a welcoming ceremony in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, March 4, 2014. South Koreans still love Kim. The judges, however, are another matter. Kim, known as the “Queen” in South Korea, finished with the figure skating silver medal at the Sochi Olympics behind Adelina Sotnikova of Russia. That left many South Koreans furious over what they saw as questionable judging. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Ahn Young-joon

Yuna Kim had no second thoughts about finishing second in Sochi amid attention surrounding the scoring that put her 5.48 points behind Russian winner Adelina Sotnikova.

“It was all very absurd, but I was just happy that it was all finished,” she told hundreds of fans at a Seoul shopping mall Tuesday, according to Yonhap News Agency. “I have never gone over the result and thought what might have been.”

Kim, 23, had said going into Sochi that gold was not her ultimate goal in her final competitive skate. She repeated that Tuesday.

“I felt I could still feel a bit disappointed if I don’t win the gold, since I am human after all,” she said. “After it was all said and done, I concluded that I really wasn’t that desperate for the gold.”

Kim said her tears seeen after the free skate Feb. 20 were of reflection.

“I got emotional the night before also, after the end of my short program, thinking the time has finally come for me to leave,” she said. “It was just that memories of some difficult times came flooding back.”

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