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Miracle Bobsleigh Team Boasts New Sleigh

16:02 January 26, 2016 replay time01:43

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It is said that it is a miracle that Korea, never known for its sleigh teams, has become the world's top team.

Korea's national bobsleigh team, who has been struggling in a poor environment, is now working towards the gold medal in Pyeongchang, showered with full support.

Baek Gil-hyun has more.


The double bobsleigh team of Korea, Won Yoon-jong and Seo Young-woo, who for the first time for an Asian team won the world's first place, is now training for the gold medal in Pyeongchang.

The national team, who has up to now been using sleighs from Latvia, will now be using a new sleigh at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. The sleigh incorporates the technology of Hyundai.

As it takes time to get used to the new sleigh, the national team will be participating in actual competitions using the new sleigh, starting with the Europe Cup competition on January 27.

Compared to their days of using secondhand sleighs, the national team is now preparing for their golden races in a much more hospitable environment.

<Lee Yong / National Bobsleigh Team Coach> "Until the Sochi Olympics, we competed in the Olympics using only two blades. In Pyeongchang, if we could secure fifty to sixty blades and select the best ones, I think we will have better results...."

In March, the Pyeongchang Sliding Center, where the team will shoot for a gold medal, will also be completed.

Bobsleighing is an event in which home advantage manifests most clearly, as how well one is acquainted with the course decides the color of the medal.

After completing this season, the national team plans to start getting used to the Pyeongchang Sliding Center.

<Won Yoon-jong / National Bobsleigh Player> "We have many hours of training available for us, and I think this will help us really get used to the course."

The Pyeongchang Organizing Committee plans to support the national team's gold medal by keeping the Sliding Center confidential to outsiders for as long as possible after the Center is completed.

Baek Gil-hyun reporting for Yonhap News.

Yonhap News TV: 02-398-4409 (Report) 4441 (Inquiry on article), yjebo@yna.co.kr

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