January 26, 2022 08:25
Korea will field 63 athletes in nine disciplines at the Winter Olympics in Beijing, which will kick off on Feb. 4.
It is set to be the smallest squad the country has assembled since 2010, when it sent 46 athletes. Some 71 athletes competed in Sochi in 2014 and 122 athletes in Pyeongchang in 2018.
With less than two weeks remaining until the Olympics, Korean athletes and staff gathered to boost team spirit at an event in Seoul on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum and Culture, Sports and Tourism Minister Hwang Hee attended the event to cheer the athletes on. "All Koreans still remember the excitement of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang four years ago," Kim said. "I believe you will bring courage to those who are frustrated with the coronavirus pandemic."
Hwang will lead Korea's diplomatic representation in Beijing and will attend the opening ceremony next week.
Korea aims to win one or two gold medals and finish in the top 15. This is a modest goal considering the country won five golds and finished seventh last time in Pyeongchang.
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