|Athletes and sports officials reaffirm their resolve to do their best at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, during a news conference in Seoul on Wednesday. (Yonhap News)|
South Korean athletes set to compete at the Sochi Winter Olympics next year declared themselves ready on Wed-nesday, with 100 days left until the start of the quadrennial competition.
Athletes in skating events were on hand for the media day event held at the National Training Center in Seoul, an occasion that started the 100-day countdown before the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia.
In Vancouver three years ago, South Korea enjoyed its best-ever Winter Olympics performance with six gold medals, six silver medals and two bronze medals, ranking fifth in the medal standings.
Also for the first time, South Korea won gold medals in a sport other than short track speed skating. Kim Yu-na captured the ladies’ singles figure skating title, while Lee Sang-hwa, Mo Tae-bum and Lee Seung-hoon each won a speed skating gold medal.
The country is gunning for its third consecutive finish in the top 10, and Kim said Wednesday she is recovering from her recent foot injury and is on course to defend her Olympic title.
“I am mostly pain free, and I can do all the triple jumps,” she said. “For competitions, I will also have to build endurance. Overall, I think I am about 70 percent healthy.” (Yonhap News)