Kim Seon-yeong (curler)

Kim Seon-yeong, nicknamed "Sunny"[2] (born 18 May 1993) is a South Korean curler.

Kim Seon-yeong
Born (1993-05-18) 18 May 1993
Curling clubUiseong CC,
Uiseong, KOR
SkipKim Eun-jung
ThirdKim Kyeong-ae
SecondKim Seon-yeong
LeadKim Yeong-mi
AlternateKim Cho-hi
Member Association South Korea
World Championship
2 (2017, 2018)
Pacific-Asia Championship
4 (2012, 2014, 2016, 2017)
1 (2018)
Kim Seon-yeong
Revised RomanizationGim Seonyeong
McCune–ReischauerKim Sŏnyŏng

Junior career

Kim played in five straight Pacific-Asia Junior Curling Championships playing for South Korea, from 2010 to 2014. She played second for the team which was skipped by Kim Eun-jung in 2010 and 2012, and was the alternate in 2011 (but played no games). In 2013 and 2014, she played third for the team, which was skipped by Kim Kyeong-ae. She won silver medals at the event from 2010 to 2013 inclusive, a bronze medal in 2013 and a gold in 2014.

The gold at the 2014 Pacific Juniors qualified the team to represent South Korean at the 2014 World Junior Curling Championships. There, the team finished the round robin with a 7-2 record, tied with Canada for first place. After losing the 1 vs. 2 game to Canada (skipped by Kelsey Rocque), the team beat Sweden in the semifinal before once again losing to Canada in a rematch in the gold medal final.

Kim has represented South Korea's Gyeongbuk Science College in two Winter Universiades, playing second for Kim Eun-jung at both the 2015 and 2017 Winter Universiades, finishing 5th and 6th respectively.

Women's career

While still a junior curler, Kim first represented her country at the women's level at the 2012 Pacific-Asia Curling Championships, playing second for Kim Eun-jung, who she also played with in juniors. There, the team won a bronze medal. The team returned to the event in 2014, where they won a bronze medal. This would've qualified them for the 2015 World Championships, but the Worlds were held in Japan who qualified over South Korea as hosts. The team would however win a gold medal at the 2016 Pacific-Asia Curling Championships, earning them the right to play in the 2017 World Women's Curling Championship in China. Also in 2017, the team won a silver medal at the 2017 Asian Winter Games.

Team Kim won the 2017 South Korean championship, qualifying the team to represent South Korea on home ice at the 2018 Winter Olympics. The team began the 2017-18 curling season by winning the 2017 Pacific-Asia Curling Championships. As the host nation, the team received celebrity status in Korea as the "garlic girls", as their hometown of Uiseong is known for its garlic production. The team had an impressive run, making it all the way to the gold medal final, where they lost to Sweden's Anna Hasselborg rink. The next month, the team then played in the 2018 Ford World Women's Curling Championship where they lost in the quarterfinals.

The garlic girls did not play much in the 2018-19 season, amidst a coaching scandal, which involved the country's sport federation vice president verbally abusing the team.[3] The team did play in the final event of the season, the 2019 WCT Arctic Cup where they finished with an 1-3 record, missing the playoffs.

Team Kim returned to the World Curling Tour for the 2019–20 season but with Kim Kyeong-ae skipping. They qualified for the playoffs at the 2019 Cameron's Brewing Oakville Fall Classic, the 2019 Stu Sells Oakville Tankard and finished runner-up at the inaugural WCT Uiseong International Curling Cup. Kim Eun-jung rejoined the team at the 2019 Curlers Corner Autumn Gold Curling Classic where she would throw second stones. They had a quarterfinal finish. Team Kim also had a quarterfinal finish the following week at the 2019 Canad Inns Women's Classic where Kim Eun-jung returned to throwing skip stones.


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