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2010年2月27日 (土)

キム・ヨナのフリーを見て体が震えた

もはやスポーツというより芸術だった。

優雅で、滑らかで、流れるような手と肩の動き。一つ一つの動きが自然で、見えない水の流れにただ身を任せているようで、見ていて気持ちが良い。終盤で、腕が何かに引っ張られるような動きがあったが、あれを見て特にそう感じた。

ジャンプとジャンプの間も、見えない流れに浮かんでひらひら体を動かしているようで、ジャンプの準備をしているふうに見えない。そしてジャンプは「そこで飛ぶのが自然」というふうに感じられる。すべてが必然で、何の違和感もなく、ただ美しいものを見せられている、という感じだった。

「多くの選手たちが涙を流すのを見た。私も涙を流すかと思った。涙を流したが、どうして泣いたのか分からない。初めて涙を流した。とてもうれしかった。すべてが終わったという感じだった」

演技が終わった後の喜びの爆発と思わず流した涙を見ると、見ていたこっちも神がかった演技を目撃できたのだ、という感動があった。得点を見て驚くキムヨナのしぐさも、奇跡に立ち会うことができたんだ、という喜びを感じさせてくれた。

キム・ヨナのしぐさも女の子っぽくてかわいらしい。思わず涙が流れて口を手でおおうシーン、得点が出て観客に手を振った後のガッツポーズ、演技の途中で片手を腰に当ててポーズを取るシーンも小悪魔的なかわいらしさだった。

国歌が流れているときに、胸に手を当てて自分でも歌っているところも好感が持てた。そしてそのときも泣いて、指で涙をぬぐうシーンは昔の日本映画で見るようなしぐさだった。

外国のメディアがキムヨナの演技をたたえているのを見ると、ニュートラルな感じでいい。

Captivating figure skater Kim Yu-na wins gold

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/jerrybrewer/2011191422_brewer26.html

The most-debated question of any Olympics has an answer now. Who should be the face of these Games? Kim Yu-na, for certain.

Seattle Times staff columnist

Do an Internet search for that picture. It explains the greatness of Kim Yu-na perfectly. She's smiling — elegant, beautiful — on about 20 TVs. The men are frozen, and it seems like she has entranced the world. The photo was taken during the figure skater's world-record performance in the short program that night.

But after watching Kim's free skate Thursday, after watching her shatter another world record, after watching her own an intriguing and gifted field, you're left to wonder if any country, any gender, any living thing with eyeballs would dare stop staring at this 19-year-old phenom.

When the Pacific Coliseum public-address announcer introduced Kim as the gold winner during the medal ceremony, a man in the crowd screamed, "I love you!"

She made Korea proud. She made her sport proud. She made any casual observer who paid attention an instant fan of women's figure skating.

Including me.

Especially me.

So, the most-debated question of any Olympics has an answer now. Who should be the face of these Games?

Kim, for certain.

Not Lindsey Vonn, not Apolo Ohno, not Bode Miller.

Kim Yu-na.

Remember her name, and never forget how she dazzled the 2010 Winter Olympics. Remember her astounding agility, and never forget the tears she shed while gliding off the ice this night.

"I still can't believe my performance," she said. "Watching previous figure skaters, I always wondered why they cried after their performance. Crying for the first time today, I still don't know why I did."

Kim overwhelmed a worthy competitor, Mao Asada, of Japan, the silver medalist. She made you cheer when your heart said to give all your support to Canadian Joannie Rochette, who skated to a bronze medal just five days after losing her mother to a heart attack.

Kim won Korea's first gold medal in women's figure skating and its first gold in any Winter Olympics event other than speedskating. She was as electric as the stunning blue dress she wore, flawlessly executing triple flips, triple lutzes and double axels at full speed, landing so softly each time that it felt like you were watching a feather float to the ice. Then Kim would wow the crowd with her flexibility during combination spins.

The performance was so impossibly artful, so in tune with her musical selection — George Gershwin's "Concerto in F."

How about that? A 19-year-old performed to a song written 85 years ago and matched its brilliance, maybe even amplified it. She truly is Queen Yu-na.

That's her nickname back home. On this night, she fulfilled all lofty expectations with her world-record 150.06 score. Combine that with a world-record 78.5 in Tuesday's short program, and you have a 228.56 total that's every bit as impressive as Usain Bolt running 100 meters in 9.58 seconds.

"I still can't believe the score I received," she said. "I'm really surprised. It's almost as close as the men's score."

Kim's performance softened the disappointment of the United States. For the first time since 1964, the U.S. didn't win a medal in this event. Teenagers Mirai Nagasu and Rachael Flatt finished fourth and seventh, respectively. Considering the tradition of American female figure skaters, the outcome will go down as a failure, but Flatt, 17, and Nagasu, 16, didn't fail. They both posted season-best scores Thursday. The trio of Kim, Asada and Rochette was simply in another league.

Rochette, the emotional favorite, turned in another incredible, heartfelt effort. She fulfilled the vision of her late mother, Therese Rochette.

"I feel proud and the result did not matter," Rochette said. "I'm happy to be on the podium. It was a lifetime project for me and my mom, and we achieved that."

But the night was about Queen Yu-na. She proved that she hadn't been prematurely anointed. She turned the pressure of an adoring nation into inspiration. She's the champion, of this event and of these Games.

"I still can't believe this day has finally come for me," Kim said.

It's a day that may never end. It will stand for a long time, frozen, like those men she hypnotized back home.

Jerry Brewer: 206-464-2277 or jbrewer@seattletimes.com, Twitter: @Jerry_Brewer

出来れば、実況解説抜きで、音楽と映像だけでキムヨナの演技を見てみたいものだ。

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