Yuna Kim to compete in South Korea National Championships

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Reigning Olympic and world champion Yuna Kim will enter her national championships as her second and final tune-up event before the Sochi Olympics, according to South Korean reports and her Facebook account.

The South Korean National Championships are Jan. 3-5 in Goyang. Kim does not have to compete in Goyang to be eligible for Sochi, unlike U.S. figure skating mandates, and was previously weighing whether or not she wanted to skate one more time before the Games.

Kim has said she will retire after the Olympics, so it could mark her final competitive event in her native country.

Kim, 23, is coming back from a September foot injury that caused her to miss two Grand Prix assignments in the fall. She returned at a lower-level competition in Zagreb, Croatia, two weeks ago and won with a total score higher than all but one skater this season (Mao Asada).

She is on pace to become the first figure skater to attempt to defend her title at the Olympics since 1988, when Katarina Witt won the second of her back-to-back gold medals.

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