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Su-Ji
Kim
Republic of KoreaRepublic of Korea, KOR
Diving

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
16 February 1998
Height
152 cm
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Korean
Higher education
Sports Science - University of Ulsan: Korea

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began the sport at age seven.
Why this sport?
She was encouraged to take up the sport by her teacher at primary school. The teacher thought that she would like diving because she was always hanging from the horizontal bar and climbing trees during break time at school.
Club / Team
Ulsan Metropolitan City Hall: Korea
Name of coach
Han Ryang-Kyung [club], KOR; Kwon Kyung-Min [national], KOR

International Debut

Year
2011
Competing for
Korea
Tournament
World Cup

General Interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze medal in the 1m springboard at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. (Subusu Sports YouTube channel, 30 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
Korean figure skater Kim Yuna. (news1.kr, 29 Oct 2014)
Injuries
She suffered a back injury in April 2018 and was unable to train for four months. The injury made her choose the 3m springboard over the 10m platform as her main event. (seoul.co.kr, 01 Sep 2018; Subusu Sports YouTube channel, 30 Sep 2019)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She takes her soft toy pig 'Dwaesuni' to every competition with her, a ritual she has had since she was a primary school student. "She helps me to feel relieved." (Subusu Sports YouTube channel, 30 Sep 2019)
Awards and honours
She received an Excellence Award at the 2019 Women Sports Awards in Republic of Korea. (mk.co.kr, 26 Dec 2019)

She was given an Excellence Award by the Korea Swimming Federation in 2014. (hg-times.com, 10 Feb 2015)
Milestones
She became the first diver from the Republic of Korea to win a medal at the world championships when she claimed the bronze medal in the 1m springboard at the 2019 edition in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. (news.chosun.com, 13 Jul 2019; SportsDeskOnline, 13 Feb 2020)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Subusu Sports YouTube channel, 30 Sep 2019)