POSTED: Friday November 27th 2015
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Korean MLB pitcher RYU Hyun-jin named Honorary Ambassador for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018

(L to R) POCOG President Yang-ho Cho and MLB pitching star RYU Hyun-jin © POCOG
(L to R) POCOG President Yang-ho Cho and MLB pitching star RYU Hyun-jin © POCOG

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Seoul, November 26 - The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG, President Yang-ho Cho) appointed Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher RYU Hyun-jin as an Honorary Ambassador on November 26th, in Seoul, Korea.

RYU Hyun-jin will take part in PyeongChang's numerous promotional activities on the official website as well as on the SNS channels. He will also attend PyeongChang's promotional events that will take place in the United States. 

At the official press conference, POCOG President Yang-ho Cho addressed, "As a world-class athlete, RYU's participation will be a great asset to magnify public interest and awareness about the upcoming Winter Games in 2018."

RYU also commented, "The Olympic Games is a great opportunity to inspire dreams and hopes for the next generation of athletes. I will do my very best to attract the sports fans' interest and participation in the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018."

RYU Hyun-jin became famous with Korean baseball fans for his outstanding performances on the baseball diamond. In 2008, RYU Hyun-jin competed for the South Korean national baseball team at the Beijing Olympics, where the team won the gold medal. In the team's third game of round-robin play, RYU pitched a 1-0 complete game shutout victory over Canada with 13 strike-out records. Also, he represented the South Korean national baseball team at the 2009 World Baseball Classic finishing in second place and the 2010 Asian Games winning the gold medal.

RYU Hyun-jin made his Major League Baseball debut in 2013 with 14 consecutive wins and continued his outstanding performance through 2014 as the starting pitcher for the MLB Los Angeles Dodgers. After having shoulder surgery early this year, he is currently focusing on his rehabilitation program in order to come back and play for the League next season. 

POCOG has so far appointed a total of 13 Honorary Ambassadors including KIM Yuna (Figure skating gold medalist) and LEE Minho (K-Wave star actor), Lindsey Vonn (Olympic Alpine Skiing Champion) and CHOO Shin-soo (Major League Baseball Outfielder). With the participation of RYU Hyun-jin as the 14th Honorary Ambassador, POCOG aims to promote the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 to baseball fans worldwide.

< RYU Hyun-jin Profile >
- Name: RYU Hyun-jin
- Birthdate : March 25, 1987
- Education : Daejeon University - Bechelor's Degree in Social Physical Education
- Position : Starting pitcher
- Career Highlights
  Los Angeles Dodgers (2012 Dec. ~ Current)
  Korea National Team, 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games (2010)
  Korea National Team, 2009 Los Angeles World Baseball Classic (2009)
  Korea National Team, 2006 Doha Asian Games (2006)
  Hanwha Eagles (2006~2012)
- Awards
  KBO Rookie of the Year (2006)


For more information:
CONTACT:
POCOG Press Office pressoffice@pyeongchang2018.com
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pyeongchang2018_kr
Web: http://www.pyeongchang2018.com/horizon/eng/index.asp
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PyeongChang2018
Twitter: https://twitter.com/2018PyeongChang


About POCOG

The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) will host the XXIII edition of the Olympic Winter Games on 9-25 February 2018. Over 80 countries and 6,000 athletes are expected to take part in the first Olympic Winter Games to be held in Asia in 20 years. Seven sports comprising 15 disciplines will be on the official program.

The PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games will take place on 9-18 March 2018, with approximately 50 countries and 690 athletes competing. Five sports are on the Paralympic program.

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Keywords · PyeongChang 2018 · Winter Olympics · Paralympics · IOC


Name: Pocog Press Office
Organization: PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games
Email:
Phone: 82333502197
URL: http://www.pyeongchang2018.com


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