LONDON, Ontario — She wasn’t used to warming up with Norwegians and Austrians and Slovaks and seeing hundreds of empty seats when she took the ice. Kim Yu Na may be the reigning Olympic women’s champion but after taking a year off from competition she had lost her regal status.
Since Kim wasn’t invited to compete in this season’s Grand Prix she had to go to Dortmund in December for a minor league event to earn enough qualifying points for the World Figure Skating Championships. Then she had to win the South Korean nationals to earn her ticket here. But once the music started Thursday afternoon inside Budweiser Gardens, the golden magic returned and Queen Yu Na was back.