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S. Korean athletes confident despite modest medal target for 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics
Updated: 2022-01-06 08:49:28 KST
The Beijing Winter Olympics is slated for February 4th to the 20th with 109 medals up for grabs across seven sports.
With that, marking the 30-day countdown, a joint press conference was held on Wednesday morning at South Korea's Jincheon National Training Center.
South Korea has won at least two gold medals at every Winter Games since 1992 and an average of four in the more recent Games.
But this year the Korean Sports and Olympic Committee has set a conservative target of only one or two gold medals and a top-15 finish.
This is down to the prolonged pandemic and a series of scandals especially among the short track team a sport which South Korea has a rich history in with 24 gold and 48 medals overall to date.
However, the athletes themselves are confident that they can perform well in Beijing.

"Rather than saying I'll win gold medal and focus on what color medal, I will first make it my goal to race without any regrets."

Kim won silver in the women's mass start at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games and so will be aiming for her second consecutive Olympic medal.
The women's curling team also grabbed silver four years ago and will be looking to repeat that feat, or even go one better this time around.
Kim Seon-yeong, the captain of the team, echoed Kim Bo-reum's sentiments.

"We believe that there will be good results if we focus on one game at a time. We will concentrate on the process rather than the result."

The KSOC said 32 South Korean athletes in three sports had secured places for Beijing 2022 as of Wednesday.
The deadline is January 24th, and the KSOC expects to have around 60 athletes compete in six sports.
Kim Cheong-ah, Arirang News.
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