Geum Yi

K-ool Runnings

January 9, 2014

Korea wins gold and silver in Lake Placid

and qualifies for every luge discipline at Sochi

South Korea will be represented in every event in the luge competition at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Russia for the first time, the sport’s national governing body said Thursday.

An official with the Korea Luge Federation said the International Luge Federation (FIL) has informed the South Korean governing agency that the country has qualified for the men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles and team relay events.

Also, in Lake Placid, Utah, a Korean bobsled duo of Won Yoon-jong and Seo Young-woo won the seventh North America’s Cup event. Finishing second was Korea’s B team, followed by Japan.

Korea had failed to send bobsled athletes until 2010 in Vancouver, where the four-men team finished better than expected 19th.

Koreans feel they are long shots this year, but have higher hopes for 2018 Pyeong Chang Games.