Fans will miss a familiar face during the 2018 Winter Olympics as South Korean ice skater Yuna Kim will not be competing. While Kim is not competing in the PyeongChang games, she is still involved in the Olympics. Kim was one of the bid ambassadors, and her popularity has caused many to speculate Kim will be the one to light the Olympic cauldron during the Opening Ceremony.
At just 27 years old, Kim is one of the most popular athletes in South Korea. She will continue to be remembered for her medal-winning performances in both the 2010 and 2014 games. Kim has lived up to her “Queen” nickname by turning her success on the ice into a worldwide brand with plenty of business opportunities.
In an interview with Time, Kim admitted she did not always think she could win a gold medal, but her success prior to the Olympics allowed her to dream bigger.
“When I was little, I had never really expected to win such a big competition,” Kim told Time. “For a long time, just skating in the Olympics had been my goal because not many Koreans had done it. But after doing well in junior and senior competitions, I started thinking about the Olympics gold medal, though it was fairly late in my career.”
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1. Kim Is One of the Favorites to be the Final Person to Carry the Olympic Torch During the 2018 Opening Ceremony
GettyYuna Kim holding the Olympic torch in 2017.
There is always speculation prior to the Olympics Opening Ceremony on who will be the final torch bearer, but nothing is certain until the ceremony takes place. Kim is the favorite to be the person to close the Opening Ceremony by carrying the Olympic torch and lighting the flame. NBC Sports explains why fans can expect Kim to light the flame.
The favorite to be the final torch bearer has to be Yuna Kim, the beloved 2010 Olympic figure skating champion who retired after taking silver in Sochi. Kim is a PyeongChang 2018 ambassador and spoke on the bid’s behalf at the 2011 session where IOC members voted PyeongChang as the host over Munich and Annecy, France.
Kim carried the Olympic torch during the first-leg of the torch passing in 2017.
2. Kim’s Mother Admitted She “Majored in Yuna” to Help Her Daughter Make It as an Ice Skater
Most successful athletes have achieved what they have thanks in part to family members and coaches who have helped them develop their craft. Kim’s mother Mee-hee Park has admitted she prioritized her daughter’s career at the expense of other family members.
“I majored in Yuna,” Park wrote in her memoir (via The New York Times). “For Yuna, I studied harder than when I was in school. I devoted myself to her more passionately than when I was in love.”
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