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Olympic Champion and 'Figure Skating Queen' Yuna Kim named PyeongChang 2018 Games Ambassador

2014-11-05 10:48:00 AIPS

SEOUL, November 4, 2014 – The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG, President Yang-Ho Cho) appointed world famous gold medal Olympian and “Figure Skating Queen” Yuna Kim as Games Ambassador on November 4th, in Seoul, Korea.

The newly appointed POCOG Games Ambassador will be a great asset as she will play a high profile role promoting the Games and engaging the public as she participates in major domestic and international events. Queen Yuna will also be an active participant in the POCOG on-line promotion and advertising reaching out to the youth.

Yang-Ho Cho, POCOG president stated, “As a Games Ambassador for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, we expect her to take the lead in promoting the Games to the world.”

A longtime supporter, Yuna Kim has a special and unique relationship with the PyeongChang 2018 Games and she will bring that passion and commitment to her new position. In 2009, Yuna Kim was very active in her role as a Games Ambassador for the Bid Committee and was present on a number of trips during the campaign. Her role eventually took her to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in Durban, South Africa in 2011 as one of the presenters for PyeongChang when the city was selected as the host city for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

Yuna’s participation did not end in Durban, as she is currently an active executive board member for the PyeongChang Organizing Committee and has stayed involved with the progress of the preparations.

“The memories that I made with the Bid Committee are still fresh in my mind. With these memories in stow I am excited to bring the same passion and commitment with me to this new role with the Organizing Committee.”

As a women’s figure skater and an exemplary athlete, Yuna has many notable achievements and always placed in the top 3 positions for forty consecutive competitions until her retirement after the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

In addition to this she holds the record as the first woman figure skater ever to achieve the Grand Slam by winning gold medals in all four major international competitions to include the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, 2009 and 2014 ISU World Championships, 2009 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, and the 2006 and 2007 ISU Grand Prix Final. Her stellar performances in all these events and her dedicated work with a number of humanitarian organizations have made her the living legend and compelling role model that she is today.

As the 6th Games Ambassador for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, Yuna Kim joins the ranks the following notable Games Ambassadors; Shin-soo Choo (Major League Baseball Outfielder), Sue-jin Kang (Artistic Director at Korean National Ballet, Principal Dancer at Stuttgart Ballet), Oisoo Lee (Novelist), Byung-ha Kwon (President of World Federation of Oversees Korean Traders Associations) and Sejong Soloists (Orchestra).

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