Reigning Olympic gold medalist Yu-na Kim of South Korea will not compete this season, according to Examiner.
Kim told reporters today that she is giving herself a longer break from competitive skating, saying, "After the Vancouver Olympics last year, it's been a whirlwind of activities on top of all the preparations for competitions. I felt I needed to take a breather."
So that is that. So now there is no Miki Ando and no Yu-na Kim this year. Chances are good we'll get a brand new world champ this season and it will be interesting watching it. I feel like spectators are always missing out when Kim decides not to compete, however. If she does come back, I hope she does the whole season next time and not just worlds. No word yet on whether Kim is actually retiring.