Korea Targets 7th Place at Sochi Games

Korea is expected to send its largest group of athletes ever to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. It sent 48 athletes to compete in eight disciplines at the Salt Lake City Games in 2002, 43 to Turin, Italy in 2006, and 46 to Vancouver in 2010.

As of Wednesday, Korea had secured berths for 33 athletes at the Sochi Games in the four disciplines of speed skating, short track, figure skating and women's curling. Another 28 will likely join in an additional nine disciplines, such as skiing and sledding, but they are still attempting to qualify until late this month. If they all succeed, a total of 61 athletes will take part in this year's event.

Korea has targeted a seventh-place finish in Russia with at least four gold medals to rank inside the top 10 for a third consecutive Winter Games following Turin (also 7th) and Vancouver (5th).

After Sochi, Korea will begin preparing for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics that it is hosting. Last year, Korea set a goal of finishing fourth on home soil with over 20 medals.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jan. 02, 2014 10:36 KST