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Team Korea Kicks Off for London 2012

Updated: 2012-07-12 12:00:00 (KST)
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Team Korea Kicks Off for London 2012

The final roster is set and Team Korea is set to go.

A total of 245 Korean athletes earned their tickets to London and they'll be participating in 22 of a total 26 sports.

39-year-old handball player Yoon Kyung-shin, the oldest Korean Olympic team member, was selected as the flagbearer of the squad.
His London trip will be Yoon's fifth Olympic Games.

[Interview : Yoon Kyung-shin, Handball Player
Flagbearer for 2012 London Olympics] "It's even more meaningful to me since this could be my last Olympics.
I hope to bring a successful closure to my career."

Whether it's their first, second or even fifth time around all athletes have their eyes on the top of the podium.
That's especially true of foil fencer Nam Hyun-hee, who missed gold in the 2008 Beijing Games by just one point.


[Interview : Nam Hyun-hee, Foil Fencer
2008 Beijing Olympics Silver Medalist] "There is no scenario in sports.
There may be newcomers and competitors, but I'm sure my hard work over the past four years will pay off in London."

And what do the returning champions have to say with the pressure mounting by the minute[Interview : Im Dong-hyun, Archer
2004, 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist ] "I know the people always expect the best from us, since Korean archers always scoop in gold medals.
We won't be letting you down, so keep on cheering for us!"

There's an 8-hour time difference between Seoul and London, but it isn't going to stop the Korean team's supporters from tuning in.


[Interview : Choe Kwang-shik, Minister
Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism] "Korea will be awake at dawn for the seventeen days during the Olympics -- to support our athletes competing for victory in London."


[Reporter : Song Ji-sun
song@arirang.co.kr] "Team Korea will fly to London next Friday shooting for at least ten gold medals to stay in the top ten spot at the 30th Olympic Games.
Song Ji-sun, Arirang News."


Reporter : song@arirang.co.kr

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