7 November 2018

Korea announce line-ups for Omaha

© WCF / Céline Stucki

Team Korea will look to build on their performance from Suzhou in the second leg next month.

The Korean Curling Federation has revealed it will field the same rinks in the second leg of the Curling World Cup that competed in Suzhou.

Chuncheon-based Team Minji Kim will represent Korea in the women's event in Omaha in December. Skipped by 19-year-old Minji Kim, vice-skip Hyerin Kim will play third, with second Taei Yang and lead Sujin Kim completing the line-up.

Team Kim began the 2018-2019 season in superb fashion, winning the very first event in Hokkiado, Korea by beating Japan’s Team Chiaki Matsumura (whose brother Yuta is competing in Omaha) 6-4 in the final.

The rink is currently competing in the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2018, held in their back yard, have bounced back following an opening-match loss to beat Australia and Kazakhstan, as well as defeating Qatar heavily 12-0.

The young team beat Olympic silver medallists Team EunJung Kim in the Korean Championships in August, prompting the Korean Curling Federation to send Team Kim to Suzhou. They have now selected the same rink to represent them in Omaha as well.

Although it was a disappointing first leg in Suzhou for the women’s rink, they can take plenty of pride from being the only team to defeat eventual champions Team Rachel Homan over the course of the week.

© WCF / Céline Stucki

Chiwon Choi and Hyeri Jang will once again team up in the mixed doubles event and will aim to improve on their single win in Suzhou.

The two teenagers, who are based in Gyeonggido near the capital Seoul, also pushed Olympic silver medallists Jenny Perret and Martin Rios close in the round-robin stage. They previously stated that competing as Team Korea in the Curling World Cup will be “the best experience of our lives”

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