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), 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 as a result of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics.In the past, sledding sports such as bobsleigh, skeleton, and luge in South Korea had a very thin base.Due to the lack of stadiums and training centers in the country, the national team was often maintained by a few athletic adults who switched to other sports.However, with the opening of the Olympic Sliding Center in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province, an environment has been created where promising athletes can train freely.Kim So-yoon and Kim Ha-yoon grew up watching Yoon Sung-bin win a gold medal at the Pyeongchang Olympics, and they took up luge at a young age, earning a Taeguk mark for their exceptional athleticism.
“When I was in elementary school, the pastor of our church, 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 at a rapid pace. Kim So-yoon was selected for the national team in February of last year while still in middle school, beating out an active player at the national trials.His younger brother, Kim Ha-yoon, was also in middle school at the same tournament and finished fourth out of seven competitors, making him the youngest to earn a taegeuk.The two were unstoppable. They won awards in various domestic competitions. Now, at the Gangwon Winter Youth Olympic Games, the Luji brothers will make their international debut.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.Meanwhile, Kim’s sister, Kim So-yoon, was unable to attend the training as she was studying for her final exams.”My sister is my competitor and my mentor,” 카지노사이트킹 Kim said, “and I dream of becoming the best player with her.”