Luge ‘Prodigy Brothers’ Kim So-yoon and Kim Ha-yoon aim for medals at Gangwon Youth Olympic Games
Among the participants at the Gangwon 2024 Winter Youth Olympic Games, there are two athletes who stand out.
They are siblings Kim So-yoon (16) and Kim Ha-yoon (15), who are both national luge champions.
Kim So-yoon, the older sister, and Kim Ha-yoon, the younger brother, will compete side by side under the Korean flag at the Gangwon Winter Youth Olympic Games, which kick off next January.
The Kim siblings are the future of sledding in South Korea, thanks to the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics.
In the past, South Korea’s sled sports – bobsleigh, skeleton, and luge – had a very thin presence.
Due to the lack of stadiums and training centers in the country, 카지노사이트 the national teams were often maintained by athletic adults who switched to other sports.
However, with the hosting of the Pyeongchang Olympics, the Olympic Sliding Center in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province, has created an environment where promising athletes can train freely.
Kim So-yoon and Kim Ha-yoon grew up watching Yoon Sung-bin win gold at the Pyeongchang Olympics, and Kim took up luge at a young age, earning the Taeguk mark for their athleticism.
“When I was in elementary school, my church pastor, who was a luge competitor, recommended luge to my brother and me,” Kim said on Wednesday at the Olympic Sliding Center in Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do. “At first, my sister started doing it first, and she looked good, so I learned it too.”
The two athletes progressed quickly. Kim So-yoon was selected for the national team in February last year while still in middle school, beating out an active player at the national trials.
His younger brother, Kim Ha-yoon, placed fourth out of seven competitors at the same event as a junior high school student, becoming the youngest to earn a taegeuk.
The two were unstoppable. They won awards in various domestic competitions. They also easily qualified for the Gangwon Winter Youth Olympic Games.
Now, the duo will make their international debut at the Gangwon Winter Youth Olympic Games.
They will compete at the Olympic Sliding Center, where they usually train, but Kim is nervous about the competition.
“I’ve competed here more than other countries, so I think I’ll have an advantage,” he says, vowing to do well.
Kim’s sister, Kim So-yoon, was unable to attend the training as she was taking her final exams at school.
“My sister is my competitor and mentor,” Kim said, “and I dream of becoming the best player with her.” 온라인카지노