Korea's Chance of Achieving Olympic Medal Goal Grows Slim

Korea's initial goal of achieving a top-10 finish for three consecutive Winter Olympics may not come to fruition, as it is in just 16th place with one medal of each color as of Sunday, some 10 days into the Games.

This is a sharp contrast from four years ago in Vancouver when the Korean team had already won four gold, four silver, and one bronze after around the same number of days, leaving it at fourth place.

Korea's official goal was to win four gold medals -- in the women's 500-m speed skating for Lee Sang-hwa; in the women's 1,500 m and 3,000-m relay in the short track skating with the team’s ace Shim Suk-hee; and a win from Kim Yu-na in the ladies' figure skating. Team Korea also hoped at heart that Mo Tae-bum would defend his men's 500-m speed skating title and Lee Han-bin would win in the men's 1,500 m in short track skating.

But only Lee has so far given Korea a gold medal.

There is still hope for two or three more gold medals, as Kim has yet to skate and the 1,000-m and 3,000-m events in the women's short track skating still await.

But matching Vancouver's fifth-place finish with a total medal count of 14 is almost certainly out of reach.

englishnews@chosun.com / Feb. 17, 2014 12:32 KST

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