Rah Seung-yun Gets Starring Role at Pyeongchang Olympics
Rah Seung-yun, better known as Theresa Rah, became popular for her pitch before the International Olympic Committee back in 2011 in favor of Pyeongchang as the venue for the Winter Olympics.
Now Rah (44) will officiate in English at the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Olympics.
Back in 2011, when Korea was pitching its bid, Rah coached figure skating star Kim Yu-na and other Koreans in their English speeches before the IOC, and they captured their audience. Rah speaks fluent English and French since she grew up in Canada, the U.K. and Denmark with her diplomat father.
Rah returned to work in her own company although the organizing committee of the Winter Olympics offered her a job as a spokesperson. Still, she says she is a bit sad that no Olympic fever is being felt with the event just around the corner.
"When I went to the Winter Olympics in Vancouver in 2010, people celebrated until late at night wearing red gloves and hats that symbolized the event," she says. "I hope we can celebrate the Pyeongchang Olympics like it's our own party."
She wants to convey her gratitude to the athletes and Koreans at large for their efforts in preparing for the games. "I think I'll break down and cry after saying the last word at the closing ceremony," she adds.