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Ex-Olympic figure skating champ to enter S. Korea's sports Hall of Fame

2016/10/18 11:24

SEOUL, Oct. 18 (Yonhap) -- Former Olympic figure skating champion Kim Yu-na will enter South Korea's sports Hall of Fame, the national Olympic committee announced on Tuesday.

The Korean Olympic Committee (KOC) said Kim, women's figure skating gold medalist at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, has been named to its "sports hero" for 2016. The 26-year-old took the honor after a panel of experts at the KOC's sports hero selection committee evaluated her contribution to sports development and national prestige.

Kim was among the six final candidates for the KOC's top sports honor. The final list included former major league pitcher Park Chan-ho, LPGA Hall of Famer Pak Se-ri, football star Cha Bum-kun, late professional wrestling icon Kim Il and late sports reporter Lee Kil-yong.

From August to September, the KOC received recommendation from public, sports writers and its member organization. A total of 54 candidates were on the initial list, but the selection committee later trimmed it to six.

The KOC said the ceremony for Kim Yu-na's Sports Hall of Fame induction will be staged on Nov. 23.

Since 2011, the KOC's Hall of Fame has been honoring those who promoted South Korea internationally with sports-related activities. It not only evaluates their achievements, but also their adequacy as a role model for society and how they overcame obstacles.

Previous inductees include late Sohn Ki-jung, who won the marathon event at the 11th Summer Olympics in 1936 when South Korea was under Japanese colonial rule, former wrestler Yang Jung-mo, South Korea's first Olympic champion, and Park Shin-ja, former MVP at the World Women's Basketball Championships.