17 January 2019

Kim returns for shot at Grand Final qualification

© WCF / Céline Stucki

Korea reveal rinks for leg three in Jonkoping.

Omaha finalists Team Minji Kim will have another opportunity to qualify for the Grand Final in Beijing after being selected to fly the flag for Korea at leg three of the Curling World Cup.

The current Pacific-Asia champions will once again be accompanied by mixed doubles pair Hyeri Jang and Chiwon Choi for leg three, which takes place between 30 January – 3 February at the Jonkoping Curling Club.

Minji Kim skips the team in Sweden, while vice-skip Hyerin Kim, second Taei Yang and lead Sujin Kim complete the women’s line-up.

The women’s rink were just a stone away from winning leg two in Nebraska after a much-improved performance from Suzhou, but a heavy final draw from Kim saw them lose out to Japan’s Team Satsuki Fujisawa in a reverse of the 2018 Pacific-Asia Championships final.

The Koreans have been drawn alongside United States’ Team Cory Christensen, Scotland’s Team Sophie Jackson and Team Tori Koana of Japan – the only rink they have faced previously on tour, winning both their games at successive Hokkaido Bank Curling Classics.

Juniors to Jonkoping: Three years on

Team Kim do have history in the juniors with Team Christensen and Team Jackson, when they competed at the 2016 World Junior Curling Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark. The young rink, who were only 16 at the time, defeated the Scottish team before losing to United States in an extra end.

The Gyeonggido-based rink, who are now all 19 years old, have been together since high school and burst onto the scene by winning the Korean Championships last year.

Last chance saloon

The mixed doubles pairing of Hyeri Jang and Chiwon Choi will represent Korea in Jonkoping and with two legs under their belt, will be familiar with the challenges of competing in the Curling World Cup.

© WCF / Céline Stucki

The duo are in the same group as Switzerland’s Jenny Perret and Martin Rios for the third time and have lost all of their past four games against the 2018 Olympic silver medallists at Curling World Cup.

However, they did better their record from Suzhou – where they won just once – to claim three victories in Omaha, including a win over Olympic mixed doubles champion John Morris.

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