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In Kim Yuna's absence, Koreans holding out for Winter Games hero

Dearly missed, she has left the host nation without a true winter sports hero, affecting ticket sales

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Above: With the Olympic mascot, Soohorang, at the ceremony in February to mark a year to the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games in Gangneung, South Korea.

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Above: With Prime Minister Lee Nak-Yon at the Olympic flame arrival event at Incheon International Airport on Nov 1. The Olympic flame arrived in South Korea on Nov 1, 100 days ahead of the opening ceremony for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games

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Above: At the Korea Figure Skating Championships 2014 in Goyang, north of Seoul, in January 2014.

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Above: A silver medallist at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in February 2014.

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A YEAR after her dazzling gold medal-winning performance at the Vancouver Games, figure skater Kim Yuna delivered an impassioned speech to the International Olympic Committee that helped sway the vote to bring the 2018 Winter Games to South Korea.

Dubbed the "Face of

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