KANG Young Mi


Personal Information

Family Husband Ko Seon-Ji [2015]

Occupation Athlete

Languages Korean

License number 01031985001


World Cup-145
Barcelone (SPAIN), 2023-02-10Barcelone (SPAIN), 2018-02-09
La Havane (CUBA), 2019-01-11
Barcelone (SPAIN), 2020-02-07
Kazan (RUSSIA), 2021-03-20
Zone Championships1124
Hong Kong (HONG KONG, CHINA), 2017-06-17Bangkok (THAILAND), 2018-06-19Wuxi (CHINA), 2016-04-13
Tokyo (Chiba) (JAPAN), 2019-06-14
Grand Prix-1-1
Budapest (HUNGARY), 2019-03-08

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport? She began fencing in grade seven of middle school in Incheon, Republic of Korea.

Why this sport? She initially played handball at primary school. However, she switched to fencing after entering middle school because a physical education teacher encouraged her to take up the sport.

Club / Team Gwangju City Seogu Office : Korea

Name of coach Park Kwang-Hyun [club], KOR; Chang Tae-Suk [national], KOR

Handedness Left

General Interest

Most influential person in career Her mother Choi Geum-Seon. (news.sbs.co.kr, 22 Aug 2018)

Sporting philosophy / motto "Live life without regrets." (seoul.co.kr, 12 Jan 2021)

Awards and honours In 2019 she was presented with an Excellence Award at the 65th Korean Sport and Olympic Committee Athletics Awards. (jndn.com, 27 Feb 2019)

In 2017 and 2018 she received an Excellence Award from the Korean Fencing Federation in the Republic of Korea. (jnilbo.com, 20 Dec 2018; news.sbs.co.kr, 13 Dec 2017)

Ambitions To compete at the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, People's Republic of China, and the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. (namdonews.com, 11 Aug 2021)

Other information OLYMPIC DREAM
She decided to put off her retirement and starting a family in order to compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. "It was my dream, so I thought that I would regret a lot if I gave up the 2020 Olympics [due to the postponement until 2021]. Thankfully, my husband also supported me a lot." She won a silver medal in women's team epee at the 2020 Games, and has since announced her plans to continue competing ahead of the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. (seoul.co.kr, 12 Jan 2021; namdonews.com, 11 Aug 2021; namdonews.com, 30 Mar 2022)


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