“Team Kim’s glasses sunbae” “Olympics are always a stage that I want to perform.”

Kim Eun-jung (34), captain of the Korean women’s curling team, threw the final stone on the 42.07m sheet (curling ice). If she misses the target of the house even a little, she could fail to score or lose a point. Kim called her teammate Kim Young-mi (33) one after another. The entire nation held their breath at her desperate cry to instruct the team to sweep in the correct place. After all, Team Kim overcame the sadness of an unpopular event on the first Olympic stage to advance to the finals for the first time and win a silver medal, heating up the winter in Pyeongchang that year. 스포츠토토

Six years have already passed since that moment of glory, but Tim Kim’s fame remains. At the site of the torch tour held at Gangneung Middle School in Gangwon-do ahead of the 2024 Gangwon Winter Youth Olympics, the heat of Pyeongchang in 2018 was reproduced once again. With teenagers aged 15 or so, who would have a vague memory at the time, filling the auditorium, exclamations erupted here and there when Kim Eun-jung, the “Glasses Senior” appeared as the last torch runner. Since it was talked about several times with various “memories,” there seemed to be no one among the young-faced audience who did not know Tim Kim’s great match.

“Team Uiseong,” which started curling with Tim Kim as a role model when he was young, will also make its debut at the 2024 Gangwon Winter Youth Olympics. Coincidentally, two juniors from Kim Eun-jung’s alma mater are included in the national team. Jang Yu-bin (17) and Lee So-won (17), who are participating in the four-member mixed event, expressed their ambition to win a gold medal at the rink where their seniors have won a valuable silver medal.

Like the “curling dreamers,” Team Kim is also in the midst of battlefield maintenance. The Dong-A Ilbo met Kim Eun-jung, who is tying her shoes again to wear the national flag, at Gangneung City Hall in Gangwon Province on Dec. 28 last year ahead of the 2026 Winter Olympics.

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