Date : 29 Nov 2018
Tokyo, Japan, November 28, 2018: One of Asia’s most celebrated athletes, Kim Yu-Na of South Korea, received the ANOC Award for Outstanding Performance at the ANOC Awards 2018 gala dinner at the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa in Tokyo on Wednesday evening.
The Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic figure skating champion and Sochi 2014 silver medallist - known affectionately as “Queen Yu-Na” during her illustrious career - also served as an ambassador for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in her home country last February after retiring from competition.
“It is a great honour for me to receive this award,” said Kim, whose appearance at the gala dinner drew rounds of applause and cheers from the guests.
“I thank ANOC and want to share this moment with all the figure skaters in the world. As an Olympian and an Ambassador for PyeongChang I was so happy to receive the Olympic Games in my country. I am so happy to receive this award.”
The NOCs of Malaysia and Singapore were rewarded with an ANOC Diploma for Breakthrough NOC as two of six NOCs to make their Winter Olympics debut in PyeongChang.
The unified women’s ice hockey team of DPR Korea and Korea Republic won the Inspiring Hope Through Sport Award. Athletes from both North and South Korea were on hand to accept the award.
The awards were based on the Winter Olympics at PyeongChang and the other winners were:
Male Athlete: Shaun White (USA, snowboard)
Female Athlete: Arianna Fontana (Italy, short track)
Women’s Team: Sweden curling
Men’s Team: USA curling
Outstanding Athlete: Bjorn Daehlie (Norway, cross-country skiing)
Most successful NOC: Norway
Contribution to the Olympic Movement: Mario Pescante (Italy)
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