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Yuna Kim makes South Korea sports Hall of Fame after reported rule change

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Vancouver Olympic champion figure skater Yuna Kim became the ninth and youngest person inducted into South Korea’s sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday, according to South Korean media.

Kim, 26, would have made it last year — receiving 80 percent of a vote — but was ineligible due to a mandate that inductees must be 50 years or older, according to the JoongAng Ilbo newspaper, which reported the rule was abolished this year.

“Those who were inducted into the Hall of Fame were veterans for sports community, and I feel that I’m too young and not qualified to be named a sports hero,” Kim said Wednesday, according to Yonhap News Agency.

Kim made the Hall of Fame this year over candidates including the first South Korean Major League Baseball player (Chan-Ho Park), the first South Korean to win an LPGA Tour event (Se Ri Pak) and South Korea’s all-time national soccer team goals leader (Cha Bum-kun).

Others already in the Hall of Fame include Sohn Kee-chung, who won the 1936 Olympic marathon while South Korea was under Japanese rule, and wrestler Yang Jung-mo, who won the first Olympic gold medal for South Korea as an independent nation at Montreal 1976.

Kim retired after taking a controversial silver medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and is now a prominent ambassador for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games, the first Winter Olympics in South Korea.

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You Young, 11-year-old South Korea figure skating champ, signs with Yuna Kim’s agency

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You Young, the 11-year-old who broke Yuna Kim‘s record as South Korea’s youngest-ever national figure skating champion, signed a three-year deal with Kim’s management agency, according to South Korean media.

“I began skating after seeing Kim win the gold at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics,” You said, according to the Korea Times. “I have always dreamed of becoming a respectable figure skater like Kim. I’m honored to have joined her agency.”

You, who is 4 feet, 7 inches, according to Agence France-Presse, landed seven triple jumps in her free skate at the South Korean Championships last week.

Watch her short program here and her free skate here.

Kim won her first national title at age 12 in 2003.

“She is even better than I was,” the retired Kim, who was in attendance at the South Korean Championships, said of You, according to AFP.

Sadly for South Korea, You is too young to compete at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Games, the first Winter Olympics to be held in South Korea.

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Yuna Kim lauds new, 11-year-old South Korea figure skating champion

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An 11-year-old broke Yuna Kim‘s record as South Korea’s youngest-ever national figure skating champion over the weekend.

You Young, who is 4 feet, 7 inches, according to Agence France-Presse, landed seven triple jumps in her free skate at the South Korean Championships on Sunday.

Watch her short program here and her free skate here.

Kim won her first national title at age 12 in 2003, seven years before she took Olympic gold in Vancouver in a performance that inspired You, according to AFP.

“She is even better than I was,” the retired Kim, who was in attendance at the South Korean Championships, said of You, according to AFP.

Sadly for South Korea, You is too young to compete at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Games, the first Winter Olympics to be held in South Korea.

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