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[청소년올림픽] '평창 유산'으로 꿈 키운 태국 소녀, 메달리스트로 우뚝

Thai bobsledder Kampheol Agnes, 17, who won a silver medal at the Winter Youth Olympic Games, will receive a prize of about 38 million won thanks to a project launched as a “legacy” of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. “Campeol will receive 1 million baht (about $38,000) from Thailand’s National Sports Development Fund,” Thai broadcaster Channel 7 said on Feb. 22.

“Campeol, an Italian-Thai, got into winter sports through roller skiing in Thailand and discovered his talent as a bobsledder while training in South Korea through an exchange program between the Olympic Council of Thailand and South Korea,” the outlet explained. “Since the end of 2022, he has been preparing to compete in bobsleigh at the Gangwon 2024 Winter Youth Olympic Games, where he won a silver medal.”Campeol won the silver medal after finishing second (1:54.17) behind Maya Boigt (DEN – 1:53.31) in the women’s monobob event at the Alpensia Sliding Center in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province, on Feb. 22.It is the first time an athlete from Thailand, a winter sports pariah, has medaled at the Winter Olympics, both adult and youth .Thai media made a big deal out of Campeol’s medal win .Various Thai media outlets, including MRG, featured Campeol in print and online.

Since 2020, Campeol has developed his skills through the Winter Sports Athlete Development Program for Underdeveloped and Developing Countries, organized by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of South Korea, Gangwon Special Self-Governing Province, Pyeongchang County and the 2018 Pyeongchang Memorial Foundation, which has also helped him achieve valuable results at Gangwon 2024.Tunisia’s Jonatang Lourimi won the silver medal in the men’s monobob (one-seater) bobsleigh race with a time of 1:49.96, behind Jae-Hwan Jae (1:48.63-Sangji Gwanjeong) at the same venue on the 23rd.Nigeria’s curlers, who became the first African nation to compete in the Winter Youth Olympic Games, are also making waves at home.” Nigeria will participate in the Winter Youth Olympic Games for the first time at Gangwon 2024,” the 스포츠토토존 African Independent Television (AIT) reported on Feb. 22, adding that the six athletes broke new ground.


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