Reporter Kim Hee-joon = Incheon Airport on the afternoon of the 14th when the Korean short track team returned home after the 6th competition of the 2022-2023 International Skating Union (ISU) World Cup.
Among the fans who came to the airport to see the national team, there was a person who especially welcomed the players. It was Kwak Yoon-ki (Goyang City Hall), the ‘eldest brother’ of short track speed skating in Korea. Kwak Yoon-gi, who still has long pink hair, stood out.
Kwak Yoon-gi visited Incheon International Airport to support his juniors who are returning after completing the World Cup series this season.
Kwak Yun-ki also had chocolate in his hand. It was homemade chocolate for Valentine’s Day.
He is like the mental support of the short track national team. He added strength to the silver medal in the men’s 5000m relay as the youngest member of the national team at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, and also wore the Taegeuk mark at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics and the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. Kwak Yoon-gi, who became the ‘eldest brother’ at the Beijing Winter Olympics, led his juniors to a silver medal in the men’s 5000m relay. 메이저사이트
In the 2022-2023 season, he could not wear the Taegeuk mark. Kwak Yun-ki participated in the national team selection event held in May last year, but withdrew due to a thigh injury.
Although we couldn’t spend this season together, Kwak Yoon-gi went to the airport to complete the World Cup series and energize the juniors who are preparing for the World Championships in March.
Kwak Yun-ki also talked for a while with Park Ji-won (Seoul City Hall), who won 14 gold medals and 4 silver medals in the 1st to 6th World Cup competitions this season and took first place in the men’s individual overall at the World Cup.
Kwak Yoon-gi, who said, “I came to cheer you up, but I’m embarrassed” at the reporter’s request for an interview, joked, “He said he was very good to Park Ji-won. He said that he seemed to see me 15 years ago.” I am very proud of it. The future of short track is bright,” he said with a broad smile.
When asked about chocolate, he said, “Convenience stores sell making tools, so I made it simple. I wanted to give chocolate to my juniors because it was Valentine’s Day.” made.
Kwak Yoon-gi, who consistently runs the YouTube channel ‘Hold On Tight’, said, ‘Thanks to the YouTube channel, the popularity of short track seems to be steady.’ I remember,” he said. “Now more people are interested.
Kwak Yoon-gi, who continues to exercise even after failing to qualify for the national team, is scheduled to participate in the 104th National Winter Sports Festival held in Ulsan from the 17th to the 20th.
Kwak Yun-gi said, “I have to go straight to Gimpo Airport and go to Ulsan (where the Winter Sports Festival is held). I came here for a while.”