Korean Athletes Touch Down in Sochi

Korea's Olympic speed skaters including Lee Sang-hwa, Lee Seung-hoon and Mo Tae-bum arrived in Sochi on Sunday after spending a week in the Netherlands wrapping up their last international competition ahead of the Winter Games.

The majority of Korea's Olympic delegation including 64 staff arrived there on a chartered flight one day earlier.

Mo Tae-bum (left), Lee Sang-hwa (center) and Lee Seung-hoon wave upon arriving at Sochi International Airport in Russia on Sunday. Mo Tae-bum (left), Lee Sang-hwa (center) and Lee Seung-hoon wave upon arriving at Sochi International Airport in Russia on Sunday.

The nation's short track athletes are training in the highlands of Font Romeu, France at 1,850 m above sea level and are scheduled to arrive in Sochi on Wednesday. Three figure skaters including Kim Yu-na are expected to head to the Russian city on Feb. 12.

The first Winter Games in Russia will see athletes compete in 15 disciplines for a total of 98 gold medals. Korea, fielding its largest-ever squad of 71 athletes, aims to win at least four gold medals.

englishnews@chosun.com / Feb. 03, 2014 09:34 KST