Norwegian-Raised Skier to Represent Korea at Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

      April 30, 2015 08:15

      Kim Magnus

      Kim Magnus will represent Korea in cross-country skiing at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.

      His agent Brion Company said Monday, "Kim decided to compete for Korea, demonstrating his strong commitment to the development of the sport in Korea and his affection for his mother's country."

      Magnus Bøe, as he is known in Norway, was born in Busan in 1998 to a Norwegian father and a Korean mother. He spent his youth in the city, as his Busan-accented Korean reveals.

      Just a year after taking up cross-country skiing, Magnus became a strong prospect after winning the Norwegian National Championship in 2012.

      Norway dominates international competitive cross-country skiing, having won the most Olympic gold medals with 31. In stark contrast, Korea has never made a top-30 finish in the sport.

      "I'm excited to be on Korea's national team -- and my mother is very happy about that. Now all I have to do is to try my best to be on the podium at the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang," Magnus said.

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