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Olympic figure skater name trouble: Yuna Kim, Kim Yuna or Kim Yu-na? (photos)

Olympic figure skater Yuna Kim at the 2014 Olympics
Olympic figure skater Yuna Kim at the 2014 Olympics
Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Olympic figure skating fans might be a little confused with the top figure skater on the scoreboard seen at the Sochi Olympics. No, the score of the leader isn't confusing and neither was her program. What was confusing? The spelling of her name. According to Slate on Wednesday when Yuna Kim won the Vancouver Olympics the figure skater was known as “Kim Yu-na.” Now that she is back on the ice in Sochi her name has changed and it’s swapped backwards with no hyphen.

Fans of the figure skater are definitely having trouble deciding how to look up the figure skater online. Is is Kim Yuna. Or Yuna Kim? Technically both are correct and both will give everyone plenty of details about the skater. The international news organization Reuters, files all their news under Kim Yuna and the USA Today has the skater as Yuna Kim.

This difference isn’t the only athlete has is causing trouble for journalists. The other famous skater, Evgeni Plushenko is also known as Yevgeni Plushenko and is reference with both spellings.

Confused yet? Well there should be no confusion when Yuna Kim takes the ice on Thursday for the final free skate. If she performs effortlessly like she did on Wednesday she will receive the Olympic gold once again.

Take a look at the photo slideshow of Yuna Kim on the Olympic ice. Call her what you want, but when it comes to figure skating she is a queen.