Naturalized Korean Wins Gold in Sochi

Kong Sang-jung Kong Sang-jung

Kong Sang-jung has become the first naturalized Korean to win an Olympic gold medal.

Along with Cho Ha-ri, Park Seung-hi, Kim A-lang and Shim Suk-hee, the short track skater won a team gold medal in the women's 3,000-m relay at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia on Tuesday.

Although she did not take part in the finals, Kong was the third skater in the relay in the quarterfinals and helped the team advance to the finals.

Dang Ye-seo, who gained Korean citizenship in 2007, won a bronze medal in the table tennis team event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but Kong is the first naturalized gold medalist.

Kong is Taiwanese by birth, but her family has lived in Korea since her grandfather moved here. Her father is a surgeon in Chuncheon, Gangwon Province. She acquired Korean citizenship in November 2011 after being recognized as a gifted athlete.

Having started skating when she was in fifth grade, Kong was selected as a member of Team Korea in tryouts last year.

englishnews@chosun.com / Feb. 19, 2014 12:01 KST