Olympic Archer Kim Sets Sights on Bureaucratic Post

      November 01, 2011 08:53

      Kim Soo-nyung

      Olympic champion Kim Soo-nyung plans to transform herself into an international sports administrator. She is slated to head to Lausanne, Switzerland to work as an intern at the International Archery Federation (FITA) and learn the basics of international sports administration related to research and education.

      After completing a six-month internship, she may extend her stay and work at FITA for two years. "If I work as hard as I can, there will be more work for me to do in improving Korean sports," she said.

      Kim won gold medals in the individual and women's team events at the Seoul Olympics in 1988 at the age of 17. At the following Games in Barcelona in 1992, she won a gold medal in the team competition and a silver medal in the individual competition. Eight years later in Sydney, she helped Korea bag another team gold and also captured a bronze medal in the individual competition. In July, FITA named her its athlete of the 20th century.  

      The winning archer has been continuously working to become involved in the technical side of the sport. She earned a master's degree in management of sports industry at Kyunghee University in February, and has been serving as a researcher at Hanyang University Sport Industry Marketing Center ever since. Her internship was initially proposed by FITA and supported by the Nest Foundation (Korea Foundation for the Next Generation Sports Talents).

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