Yuna Kim prepares for another gold medal at 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics [VIDEO]

Published 07 February 2014  |  
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Yuna Kim in an interview with NBC's Ryan Seacrest

Olympic world champion Yuna Kim will be skating for another gold medal at this year's Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

The Korean native will be returning to the ice to defend her Figure Skating championship title at the 2014 Olympics and she's got her whole nation on her back to support her.

Prior to the Olympic Games, NBC's Ryan Seacrest went to Korea to interview Kim, who has become a national icon in her native country since her epic gold-medal victory.

Seacrest said of her star power: "When you hear crowds like this like Lady Gaga, Beyonce, and Madonna, you know you're in the presence of a super star. "

Kim told Seacrest: "I like to be just an athlete but if I go to competition and compete, I love to be a star maybe."

South Korea has never won a medal in figure skating before Kim took gold in Vancouver.

The 24-year-old wowed the judges and crowd with her dazzling performances at the 2010 Vancouver Games, breaking all previous Guinness World records with her scores and landing the first-ever figure skating Gold medal for her country.

Of her gold medal win, she told Seacrest: "I've been training so hard and I had a feeling of relief."

See a video of Ryan Seacrest's interview with Yuna Kim below:

Since winning Gold at the 2010 Olympics, Kim has become an icon in Korea, appearing on hundreds of endorsements and inspiring a new generation of young skaters. She has since become the face of Korea and helped to win the bid for the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang for her country.

Kim had taken a brief break from the ice in 2011 returned to do what she loves. She stated, "I love figure skating. It's what I'm good at. That's why I decided to come back."

Her main rival this year will be Japan's Mao Asada, who won the silver medal at the 2010 Olympics. Asada lost out to Yuna after her jumps fell apart at the 2010 Games.

Kim and Asada will be vying for the Olympic gold medal for the last time and the competition will be tough as both skaters have recently grabbed more titles in their own right. Asada won the 2013 Grand Prix championships while Kim won the 2013 world title.

Another contender to look out for is America's Gracie Gold. The 18-year-old won the U.S. Figure Skating championship in Boston and has been named among the three ladies for the Olympic Team USA. The other two ladies heading to the Olympics to represent the United States are Polina Edmunds and Ashley Wagner.

Kim will be going for her second consecutive Olympic gold medal, a feat that has been accomplished by only a few women skaters. Past winners of consecutive gold medals in women's figure skating are Norway's Sonja Henie who won in 1928, 1932 and 1936 and former East Germany's Katarina Witt, who took gold in 1984 and 1988.

Kim, who will retire after the 2014 Sochi Olympics, recently stated: "Many people talk about winning two straight gold medals, but I'm not focusing on defending the title. I just hope to do everything I've prepared to do. As long as I can do that, I think the results will follow and I should be able to end my career without regrets."

Watch Kim's performance at the 2009 Vancouver Olympics here.

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