The Korea Times reports that figure skating phenom Yu-Na Kim is Korea's 2008 Person of the Year. The runner-up? President-Elect Barack Obama. (Link to article) And it was definitely a close call. Let's do the side-by-side comparisons:
- Barack won the Presidency of the United States of America! Yu-Na won Skate America and Cup of China!
- Yu-Na and Barack have inspired all young people from all over the world to either have the best triple-triple combination or be the most powerful person in the world.
- Yu-Na and Barack have left their homeland to expand their view of the world. Yu-Na was born in Korea and currently trains in Toronto, Canada with former Olympian Brian Orser. Barack was born in Hawaii and spent four years in Indonesia as a child before returning to the states.
- Yu-Na and Barack both live by the "Change is coming" mantra. Barack wants to completely overhaul the status quo and begin a new era of Democratic rule. Yu-Na is setting precedent by putting South Korea on the map and pushing aside the dominance of Japan, Europe and the United States.
So what was the deciding factor that pushed Yu-Na ahead of Barack? Well, I think it's gotta be the "emoting" factor. Barack's "coolness" and even keel temperament didn't connect with the voters on this one. But take Yu-Na -- lots of expressions and emotions going on with this young lady, and that's what people were drawn to. So congratulations to Yu-Na and better luck in 2009 Mr. President!