Kang Ho-dong Plays it Straight as Olympic Commentator

Athlete-turned-comedian Kang Ho-dong has embraced a new role as a sports commentator at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

He appeared on a program on KBS to provide commentary for the men's and women's speed skating on Monday and Tuesday, abandoning his comedic persona in favor of more professional coverage.

Kang Ho-dong prepares to cover a womens speed skating event with KBS sportscaster Seo Ki-cheol at the Adler Arena Skating Center in Sochi, Russia on Tuesday. Kang Ho-dong prepares to cover a women's speed skating event with KBS sportscaster Seo Ki-cheol at the Adler Arena Skating Center in Sochi, Russia on Tuesday.

Kang joined the entertainment industry after ending his career as one of the nation's top ssirum, or traditional Korean wrestling, stars.

englishnews@chosun.com / Feb. 12, 2014 10:17 KST