Korean Figure Skater Kim Yu-na Not Treated Well By Her Agency
Kim Yu-na’s stage parents have left IMG Korea’s management of Kim and instead signed up with IB Sports, citing that the former agency didn’t treat Kim well.
Kim, the 2006 junior champion, rose to international fame under the management of IMG Korea winning a gold medal in the International Skating Union Grand Prix in Paris last November _ the first gold medal in the 100 years of Korean figure skating history. She also won a bronze medal in the World Figure Skating Championships in Tokyo last month after a slight injury to her back in early January.
Kim’s parents, however, have been dissatisfied with what they say is a lack of support from IMG Korea as an agent.
According to IB Sports, Kim’s parents said IMG Korea did little in helping Kim.
The company said Kim’s mother complained about overseas air travel, for which Kim only used economy-class seats without any financial support from IMG Korea.
Kim’s parents were not reached for comment.
IMG Korea said, under the contract, it is only responsible for Kim’s sponsorship, participation in an event and schedule management. The company said it is not right for Kim’s parents to breach the contract, using the excuse of the lack of provision of things that were not stated in it.
Yes, Kim is still going to the Japan Open, but only to wow the audience.