Kim Yeong-mi

Kim Yeong-mi, nicknamed "Pancake"[3] (born 10 March 1991) is a South Korean curler. Currently she plays lead for Kim Eun-jung rink.

Kim Yeong-mi
Born (1991-03-10) 10 March 1991
Team
Curling clubUiseong CC,
Uiseong, KOR
SkipKim Eun-jung
ThirdKim Kyeong-ae
SecondKim Seon-yeong
LeadKim Yeong-mi
AlternateKim Cho-hi
Career
Member Association South Korea
World Championship
appearances
2 (2017, 2018)
Pacific-Asia Championship
appearances
4 (2012, 2014, 2016, 2017)
Olympic
appearances
1 (2018)
Kim Yeong-mi
Hangul
김영미
Hanja
Revised RomanizationGim Yeongmi
McCune–ReischauerKim Yŏngmi

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 third 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, where they finished sixth. 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.[4] The next month, the team then played in the 2018 Ford World Women's Curling Championship where they lost in the quarterfinals.[5]

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.[6] 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 her sister 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.

Personal life

Her younger sister is also an international curler, Kim Kyeong-ae.

References

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