The London Olympics Torch Relay
You’ve probably all heard by now that MC, singer, actor and all round cutie Lee Seung Gi will be running a leg of the Olympic torch relay on behalf of Samsung, who are a partner for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Although not appearing on the official London Olympics website under people that will be Torch Bearers, Samsung have released information that Lee Seung Gi will be running in Manchester on the 23rd June. If you happen to be in Manchester on that date, Lee Seung Gi is sure to appreciate support along his run! However, Lee Seung Gi isn’t the only notable Korean doing a leg of the torch relay.
Choo Kyu Ho, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in London, will be taking part in the Olympic Torch Relay on the 25th July, running through the London Borough of Brent. Although you may think diplomats spend all day in the office, surprisingly the Ambassador is a very active man! He used to be a football and tennis player in the Diplomatic service, and still loves to run. Don’t underestimate the Ambassador as it sounds like he can give you a run for your money in terms of sporting prowess! The Ambassador “appreciates the combination of physical and mental strength of the British people and hopes the British Olympic team do very well like the Korean Olympic athletes”. We look forward to his part in the relay and hope Londoners will turn up and support him on the day too.
Chun Su Jin is another Torch Bearer to look out for. Chun Su Jin is the only Korean reporter to be a Torch Bearer in recent Olympic history, so this is sure to be a big day for her. This will likely be an extra special moment for her as as well as she’s been reporting for the Olympic Movement and the IOC, and now it’s her turn to take part in the Games and not be a spectator or reporter. She will be running in Hastings on the 17th July, so if you’re in the area, be sure to cheer her when she goes past!
There are also some Torch Bearers for whom being able to run in this relay will be an especially joyous day. Kang Ji Won is a woman who’s experienced many hardships. Having fought cancer, she is now taking part in the Torch relay. Hopefully this will be a special moment for her and will show other people with cancer that there’s always hope. Kang Ji Won is “a living testament to hope and dreams of running to share her experiences”. Kang Ji Won will be running through Burnley on the 23rd June, so please make her part of the Torch Relay one to remember.
Jeong Jong Hyuk, who is running on the 23rd of June in Preston, is obviously a kind man who tries to help others to improve their own lives for a brighter future. With a long history working with Samsung, he spends his free time trying to help young people who might be going down the wrong track to work on changing their attitudes and actions. This guy definitely sounds like a deserving Torch Bearer!
If you get a chance to, show your support for these runners, and in fact anyone who’s running as a Torch Bearer. I’m sure anyone who’s running in the relay will be pleased to know they have people watching and cheering them on. We can’t wait to have Lee Seung Gi in our country, and will be showing our support for him, other Koreans who are Torch Bearers, and everyone else taking part! Have fun to everyone carrying The Flame!
This article was originally seen on Korean Class Massive, but has been edited for the London Korean Times.