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People Are Obsessed With The South Korean Figure Skater Who Lit Up The Olympic Cauldron In Skates

All hail Queen Yuna.

Posted on February 9, 2018, at 11:13 a.m. ET

The 2018 Winter Olympics kicked off tonight in Pyeongchang, South Korea, with people trying to guess who would be lighting the cauldron with the Olympic flame.

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A lot of people were *really* hoping it would be former South Korean professional figure skater and 2010 Olympic champion Yuna Kim.

Okay but I hope Yuna lights the cauldron

if yuna really is the one who lights the flame i will cry

It turned out they were right!

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Kim — who retired from professional figure skating after the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi — appeared on an ice rink at the top of the stadium in her skates.

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She performed a routine before proceeding to light the cauldron with the Olympic flame.

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All while in her skates.

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It was stunning.

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People were really moved by how beautiful it was.

김연아 성화 점화 꼭 좀 봐주세요 너무 아름다운 사람

"Please watch Kim Yuna lighting the Olympic cauldron. It's so beautiful."

짤을 안만들수가 없었다 김연아 등장하자마자 말을 잃어버림.. 진짜.. 너무 너무 이 한순간만으로도 오늘 잘 봤다는 생각이 들었다

"As soon as Kim Yuna appeared, I was at a loss for words...She was truly incredible. It was so good that I got to witness it today."

yuna invented both ice and fire

They were absolutely in awe of Queen Yuna.

킹제네럴갓 퀸연아 등장이요 ㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠ

"King, general, god, queen."

내가 김연아 선수가 빙상에 서는 걸 다시 볼 줄이야ㅠㅠㅠ

"I would pay to watch Kim Yuna stand on ice again."

You can’t really see it in this pic, but I literally kneeled as soon as Yuna Kim appeared to light the Olympic torc…

And super proud of her.

한국이 내세울만한 것들 중 가장 뛰어난 개인.... 느네 J.M. 배리 없고 셰익스피어 없고 톨킨없고 폴 매카트니없고 톨스토이 차이코프스키 없지 할 때 씩씩대며 우리 김연아있어 딱 한 개 가능한

"One of the most outstanding individuals that Korea has to offer...We don't have a J.M. Barrie, we don't have Shakespeare, we don't have Tolkien, we don't have Paul McCartney, we don't have Tolstoy, we don't have Tchaikovsky. There's only one possible answer: Kim Yuna."

i cried within 2 seconds of watching yuna - she worked so hard to bring figure skating to her country and now korea…

Many believed Kim deserved the honor, as they felt that she had been robbed of a gold medal by Russian Adelina Sotnikova at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Kim's loss was so controversial that more than two million people signed an online petition demanding an inquiry into her shocking defeat.

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People declared the Olympics over.

Basically, there wouldn't be a Pyeongchang Winter Olympics without Yuna. The end. Turn off the TV

yuna skating yuna lighting the olympic flame ok thanks games are over

Where were you when Queen Yuna Kim lit up the Olympic cauldron in 2018?


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Adelina Sotnikova's name was misspelled in an earlier version of this post.

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