Korea's Young C. Kim inducted into World Curling Hall of Fame

  • Kate Caithness and Young C. Kim © WCF / Richard Gray

The World Curling Federation has inducted the co-founder of the Korean Curling Federation, Young C. Kim, into its Hall of Fame at the Gangneung Curling Centre, in the Republic of Korea.

The presentation, of the World Curling Federation's highest non-playing honour, took place during the final day of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 Mixed Doubles Curling event.

Young C. Kim founded the Korean Curling Club in 1988 after some encouragement from the then World Curling President Gunther Hummelt, who was seeking new Members Associations in Asia to support a bid for curling's reintroduction to the Olympic Winter Games programme.

Kim would fly in instructors to help get the sport up and running in Korea and in 1994 the Korean Curling Federation joined the World Curling Federation.

Kim was on the World Curling Federation Board from 2008 to 2014 and is serving as a special advisor to the World Curling Federation for the PyeongChang Games. Kim was also an advisor to the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2010 and 2014 bids and is a recipient of the Korean Government Medal for excellent trading in business.

Kim said: "Being inducted into the World Curling Hall of Fame is the highest honour for me in my whole life. Also, to receive this award at a historic curling event at the Olympic Winter Games in my country makes it extra special."

The sport of curling is growing in Korea, in 2017 its men's junior team won Korea's first curling world championship gold medal at the VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships, in the Gangneung Curling Centre. There are approximately 3,000 curlers and five dedicated Curling Rinks in Korea right now.

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