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From Sochi to PyeongChang: Team Korea returns home with Olympic flag Updated: 2014-02-26 10:25:26 KST

From Sochi to PyeongChang: Team Korea returns home with Olympic flag
Home sweet home.
Whether returning with medals or without them on Tuesday, all the Korean athletes were welcomed with cheers from home fans after landing at Incheon Airport.

"We return from Sochi with eight medals overall. We finished in 13th place in the medal count -- falling short of our initial goal of being in the top 10. But all the athletes gave it their best - especially the female Olympians."

The under-achievement could have been disappointing considering the efforts input over the past four years.
But figure skater Kim Yu-na is content, despite winning silver in an event many believe she should have won gold in.

"I am just glad that it's all over now, and that I was able to show all that I've prepared through the tough times. I still can't believe it's all over now."

And those that made a successful debut are already picturing themselves at the next Games.

"I am grateful I won medals of all colors. I want to prepare well over the next four years and do even better at Pyeongchang."

The Olympic flag from Sochi was also on board the same plane as the athletes, and will call the provincial office of Pyeongchang its new home starting later this week.

"The run up to PyeongChang has begun. All eyes are now on us, and we've studied everything from Sochi. We will showcase Korea, a developed country now - three decades after hosting the Seoul Summer Games in 1988."

"Both the winter sports athletes and the PyeongChang Organizing Committee came back from Sochi with some lessons learned -- to host a memorable Games, and to make the stage at home their own.
Song Ji-sun, Arirang News, Incheon."
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