Song Chul Kim can now call himself an Olympian.
The 44-year-old Burnaby resident is among the top 30 officials world-wide selected to judge the sport of taekwondo at the Summer Olympic Games in London in August.
“They say winning an Olympic medal is like a gift from the God, so even being able to go as a referee I feel lucky,” said Kim, who has operated S.C. Kim’s Taekwondo at McKay and Kingsway for the past 17 years. “I can still say I was an Olympian. It’s great. It’s a dream come true.”
But like most athletes, the road to the Games is no easier for officials.
Kim was among six Canadian officials initially nominated by Taekwondo Canada. He then underwent further scrutiny at a number of selection camps, including four days of training in Baku, Azerbaijan in February for the lucky final 30 referees.
Kim was shortlisted from a group of 51 Pan American referees at a regional camp held in Mexico City in April of last year.
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