Kim Yeon Koung

Kim Yeon Koung’s life has changed since she became the face of the South Korean team and one of the leading role models in the sport of volleyball.

On Thursday, after completing a five-set set victory over the Dominican Republic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the Korean volleyball superstar answered questions on the Korean Wave and the possibility of participating in a fourth Olympic Games.

The 33-year-old outside hitter was in high spirits and gamely responded to the questions from the media.

“We prepared a lot for this Olympic Games and coming into this match with the Dominican Republic we had to be ready physically and mentally. This was an important match for both teams, so I am just glad that we were able to get through this tough match with a win.

“I wasn’t aware of our mini celebration dance, but who wouldn’t do that? This is the Olympic Games, and we won a tight match, so a little celebration is fine,” Kim said with a smile.


Kim Yeon-Koung celebrates in their five-set victory over the Dominican Republic

In her third Olympic Games, the Korean star seems to be enjoying her time with her teammates, but obviously has her game face on when they are playing.

“Inside the court, I can get very aggressive, but outside I am a fun-loving person,” said Kim.

And for the fun part, Volleyball World asked the Korean about her preferences in the things related to Korean pop culture, including popular television series and idol groups.

“My favourite K-drama series are Hospital Playlist and Kingdom,” Kim said.

The first tells the story of five doctors who have been friends since they entered medical school in the 90s. The second is a hit period zombie thriller set in the times of the Joseon Dynasty.

“I’m quite old so I don’t have favourite celebrities, but I could say that I know some big celebrities in my country. But for my favourite Korean idol group, it would have to be BTS,” Kim said.

Her favourite word may not come as a surprise as one of her country's most popular personalities.

“It’s ‘saranghae’, which means ‘I love you’, she said.

But there is one question from her fans hanging in the air. In three years’ time, will she be at the Olympic Games in Paris?


“It is something I have to consider and think about,” Kim said.

“It’s hard to say at this moment whether I will participate or not, but it is something to think about in the near future.”