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Cross-country skiing prospect to represent father's country in future int'l competitions

All Headlines 21:13 May 15, 2018

SEOUL, May 15 (Yonhap) -- Kim Magnus, who won South Korea's first gold medal in skiing at the Youth Winter Olympics, will represent Norway, his father's country, in future international competitions, the cross-country skier's agency said Tuesday.

Brion Company said Kim, born to a Korean mother and Norwegian father, decided to register as an athlete under Norway's ski federation starting from the 2018-19 season.

Kim, who holds a dual citizenship, has been competing for his mother's country since May 2015. He became the first skier with the South Korean flag to win a gold medal at the 2016 Youth Winter Olympics, and captured three medals at the Sapporo Asian Winter Games last year.

The 19-year-old also represented South Korea at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games in February, but failed to post impressive results. He finished 45th in the 15km free event, 47th in the 50km mass start and 49th in the 1.4km sprint.

Local pundits speculate that Kim decided to switch his national team due to his meager PyeongChang Olympics performance and felt a need to improve his competitiveness under Norway's advanced training system.

This file photo taken on Feb. 14, 2018 shows Kim Magnus competing in the men's 50km cross-country mass start event at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. (Yonhap)


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