Olympic skater Kim Yu-Na donates $100,000 in wake of South Korea’s Sewol ferry tragedy


Kim Yu-na (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Champion Olympic figure skater Kim Yu-Na, better known as “Queen Yu-Na” in South Korea, proved that she’s not just fantastic on the ice, but off of it, as well. She donated roughly $100,000 to the Korean Committee for UNICEF this week to go to the families of the victims of last week’s South Korean Sewol ferry tragedy, Chosun Media reports.

In addition, the heartbreaking event led Yu-Na to indefinitely postpone a ceremony at which she was to unveil a series of medals to commemorate her retirement from competition skating, Chosun reports. That celebration was first scheduled for April 17, but was put off until Monday after the ferry sank. When things began to take a darker turn, however, and survivors seemed unlikely, Yu-Na decided to push it off again, this time without rescheduling it.

The Korean mint, however, decided to release the medals that honor the Olympic gold and silver medalist on Monday anyway, Global Post reports.

Meanwhile, Yu-Na took to Twitter on Monday, the same day she made the donation and the medals came out, and offered a spiritual plea in Korean that translates to “earnestly praying for a miracle to happen.”

Her tweet elicited several responses from her fans, both Korean and English speakers, who spoke for many who admire Yu-Na’s grace.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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