She is both powerful and shy, exceptionally skilled yet not overly confidant. In fact, she cried at the end of the women's figure skating finals even though she had just won a world record, her personal best that was better than anyone ever before on the ice.
All this from the most famous person in her country. Yes, 2010 Olympics star Kim YuNa from South Korea is so celebrated that she is treated like a rock star. She is idolized by small children, she is revered by women twice her age, and she is treasured by her skating colleagues. She is a true champion, as proven tonight when she won the Gold.
But she is humble, a person who everyone likes.
In fact, when her friend and counterpart, Mao Asada from Japan, won the Silver, the first person she hugged was her friend Kim Yu-Na. And Joannie Rochette joined her too, bonding with a fellow skater after losing her mother to a sudden heart attack just before the competition started. Everyone in the entire stadium was thrilled Joannie won the bronze, cheering for her bravery and her soul: A skater with both courage and determination and even hope.
With these three amazing women, tonight was magic. It was truly awesome, an inspiring night for all who were on the ice and for all who were watching the ice. It was the stuff that make for an Olympic legend.