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Saturday, February 15, 2014
OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST PROMOTES THE ROSARY IN KOREA
Kim Yuna was born on 5 September 1990. She is from South Korea. Kim is a Olympic and World champion who helped the Korean Church to promote awareness of the rosary.
Yuna became a Roman Catholic in 2008 when she was healed from skating injuries by a Catholic doctor. She wears a Miraculous Medal on her skating outfit she received from a nun during the 2007 World Figure Skating Championships. Her Confirmation name is Stella from Latin, after the Blessed Virgin Mary. She makes the Sign of the Cross and wears a rosary ring during competitions.
In 2012 Yuna donated ₩70 million (approximately $59,300) to a Catholic charity which promised to build 100 schools in South Sudan. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea (CBCK) highlighted South Korea’s first Olympic figure skating champion, Stella Kim Yu-na, and her rosary ring to the public.
The Bishops’ Conference issued a press release on Sept. 30 promoting the rosary to Koreans. It was titled Yu-na’s ring is not a ring but the rosary. “Therefore we decided to use the well-known ‘Yu-na’s ring’ to explain the Catholic rosary prayer,” .
Kim was baptized in May 2008. Since then, she has always worn a rosary ring and made the sign of the cross before competition. She was the Olympic figure skating gold medalist at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada. At that time, many youths thought her rosary ring was an engagement ring. The rosary is the Catholic Church’s universal and traditional prayer. Kim took the name Stella in honor of Mary during her baptism. She has donated thousands to different charities. Kim Yu-na won Silver 2014 Olympics in Sochi in Feb. for the Women's Freestyle Skate. Share the story of this Catholic hero!
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