How time flies so fast! It’s almost the middle of February and it’s only five days until the 2010 Winter Olympics. Unlike the Beijing Olympics, there are no ping pong tables on any of the events. The sporting competition will be held from February 12-28 in Vancouver, Canada. We will also be celebrating the lunar new year or “seollal” here in Korea from February 13-15. It’s “seollal” and Valentine’s Day on the 14th!
South Korea is competing with 45 athletes in seven events this Winter Olympics. Korea had won medals mostly in short track speed skating in the past. It is the only Asian country in the top 10 medal tally during the Torino Winter Olympics with 6 golds, 3 silvers and 2 bronzes.
Screencap of Kim Yuna’s Official Website
This Olympics everyone is anticipating Kim Yuna’s participation in the figure skating event. She is referred to as “The Queen” here in Korea and rightfully so since she’s been reigning in major international figure skating events. She is also a “CF Queen” endorsing products like KB (Kookmin Bank), Samsung Anycall, Lacvert (cosmetics), Maeil (milk), and more.
The first time I learned about Kim Yuna was around 2005. I read about the then-14 year old in an article on Chosun Ilbo. Now she will be participating in the Winter Olympics and everyone’s wishing her the best – and the gold!