Yuna Kim named 2018 Winter Olympics ambassador

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) Olympic figure skating gold medalist Yuna Kim has been appointed as an official ambassador for the 2018 Winter Games in her native South Korea.

The organizing committee for the Pyeongchang Olympics announced the appointment Tuesday, saying it expected ''her to take the lead in promoting the games to the world.''

Kim, who won gold at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and silver at the 2014 Sochi Games, helped campaign for Pyeongchang during the city's candidacy and was one of the presenters for the city at the International Olympic Committee meeting in South Africa in 2011 when it was selected as host.

''The memories that I made with the bid committee are still fresh in my mind,'' Kim said. ''With these memories in stow I am excited to bring the same passion and commitment with me to this new role with the organizing committee.''

In a statement, the local organizing committee said Kim ''will be a great asset as she will play a high-profile role promoting the games and engaging the public as she participates in major domestic and international events.''

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