It was easy to understand why. Kim had only lost twice in the previous three years. In the run-up to Vancouver, she won Skate America and the Grand Prix final and appeared to be in fantastic form. But the Olympic Games have a habit of throwing up surprises and seeing the favourites stumble when the pressure is on.
Kim, however, shrugged off the pressure and made a brilliant start to her campaign. Her short programme contained an impressive triple Lutz/triple toe loop combination as well as a triple flip and double axel. She was awarded a score of 78.50, a world record under the new scoring system, and almost five points ahead of second-placed Mao Asada of Japan who scored 73.78. Already, “Queen Yuna” looked to have an impregnable lead.