February 25, 2010 |
One Olympic singles champion, Robin Cousins, says Kim Yuna has the "it factor." Another, Scott Hamilton, calls her a gift to the sport "from some other place." A rival's coach, Frank Carroll, marvels at her speed. One of the sport's legendary skaters, Michelle Kwan, says Kim is "what the judges are looking for, when it comes to jump quality, spin quality and edges." All agree there is no way Kim will lose the Olympic gold medal in Thursday night's long program if the 19-year-old South Korean skates the way she did in winning Tuesday's short program.
December 20, 2011
According to his obituary in The Times, North Korean strongman Kim Jong Il hired a personal sushi chef from Tokyo and a personal pizza chef from Italy even as his country suffered through a famine that killed as many as 2 million of his people. He kept a library of 20,000 movies for his own entertainment although ordinary citizens could be sent to prison camps for watching South Korean or American movies. He beat back economic reforms and led North Korea's economy to the brink of collapse while building a nuclear weapons program opposed by the rest of the world.
February 27, 2010 |
Kim Yu-na could be excused if she had cracked under the pressure. Going for gold in Vancouver on Thursday night, the slight South Korean figure skater carried more than her own expectations of victory; she represented the yearning of a nation. And when Kim delivered with a skate for the ages, Koreans had not just their country's first-ever figure skating gold medal, but something many treasure even more: the defeat of Kim's closest rival, Mao Asada of Japan. When it comes to sports, there is little sweeter to a Korean than a victory over Japan, its former colonial occupier and the country against which it measures success.
March 24, 2012 |
President Obama's decision to nominate a South Korean-born educator and health expert to lead the World Bank — and not someone with experience in global finance or diplomacy — reflects the increasingly fractious politics of international agencies and the need to address growing demands for representation outside the U.S. and Europe, analysts say. Obama's nomination of Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim to succeed Robert Zoellick comes...
August 24, 2011 |
Reclusive North Korean leader Kim Jong Il traveled to Russia for the first time in nearly a decade, holding rare talks Wednesday with President Dmitry Medvedev that made progress on such issues as an energy deal and nuclear disarmament, according to Russian media reports. Meeting in remote eastern Siberia, the two leaders brought varying agendas, experts say: Kim is desperate for economic aid for his starving country while Medvedev seeks to bolster Russia's role in northeast Asia and promote its rapidly expanding economy.
February 24, 2010 |
After nearly a year of breathless anticipation, enough to make any women's figure skater hyperventilate if she got caught up in it, the skating world finally got a chance to see whether its newest star, Kim Yuna of South Korea, could withstand the pressure and perform at the level that had made her a heavy Olympic favorite. Her coach, Brian Orser, knew what Kim was going through, having entered the 1988 Olympics in Calgary as Canada's primary hope for a gold and winding up with silver.
May 23, 1996 |
Krickitt Carpenter perches on her living room couch viewing the wedding videotape and frowns when she sees the bride and groom exchanging vows. "It makes me miss her more and more, the girl in the picture," she says. "I wish I knew what she was thinking--she's just gotten married." For Krickitt, the radiant bride and happy groom in the video are just familiar-looking strangers, shadows of people she once knew. But the people on the videotape are Krickitt and her husband, Kim.
December 20, 2011
Choices on the menu Re "School menu fails student test," Dec. 18 The failure of the new school lunch menus again proves that no matter how much the do-gooders in government wish it were different, they can't and shouldn't try to dictate taste and behavior. Whether it is the food we eat, the light bulbs we use, the mileage of the car we buy, the decision to gamble on the Internet or with whom we choose to be intimate — stay out of our lives. John Piccininni Newport Beach I read this article with skepticism.
July 17, 2012 |
North Korea's tough-minded military chief is out. Disney characters are in. Seven months after taking power in one of the world's most-closed societies, youthful Kim Jong Un appears to be consolidating his grip on North Korea, whose only two previous leaders were his late father and grandfather. At the same time, he appears to be putting his own, less hermetic, stamp on the nation's culture. Answers to bigger questions -- whether to expect any meaningful change in North Korea's relations with the outside world or its ability to feed and clothe its own people -- remain far from clear.