Yura Min is a figure skater who will be competing for host nation South Korea in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, but she comes with a very interesting background.
The 22-year-old ice dancer, who won the 2017 South Korean national championship, was born in California and later moved to Michigan. But her parents, Hye Young Chu and Harrison Min, emigrated from South Korea and Min has dual-citizenship.
Her partner, Alexander Gamelin, is a 24 year old from Boston.
After partnering with Min, he learned Korean and eventually earned South Korean citizenship because in order to represent a country in the Olympics, both members of a pair must be from the same country. Now, the two Americans will compete under the South Korean flag which will give them a unique experience.
“I think it’s going to be amazing,” said Min, via the Detroit Free Press. “We get to walk out in the Opening Ceremony last. I can’t wait for that rumble from the audience when they are screaming. I think it’s going to be amazing. It still doesn’t feel like we are going.”
If that wasn’t a unique enough story, Min comes with another fun fact: she has an extra vertebrae. Because of that, she brings added flexibility to the ice and the pair’s routine.
You will also want to follow Min on Instagram, because she is full of energy and always showing off her dance moves.
Min and Gamelin qualified for the Olympics by finishing fourth at the 2017 CS Nebelhorn Trophy, which was the final qualifying opportunity for the Winter Games.
The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea take place from Feb. 9 – Feb. 25.
The South Korea figure skating team can be seen below:
- Cha Jun-hwan — Men’s singles
- Choi Da-bin — Ladies’ singles
- Kim Ha-nul — Ladies’ singles
- Kim Kyu-eun/Alex Kang-chan Kam — Pairs
- Yura Min/Alexander Gamelin — Ice dancing