Kim Yu-na’s coach to be an honorary Seoul citizen

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Kim Yu-na’s coach to be an honorary Seoul citizen


Kim Yu-na, Kim Yu-na’s coach Brian Orser

The Canadian coach of Korean figure skating queen Kim Yu-na will be granted honorary citizenship from the Seoul Metropolitan Government, city officials said yesterday.

Brian Orser has contributed to the development of Korean sports, guiding Kim to figure skating gold at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, they said.

The 48-year-old Canadian has served as Kim’s coach since 2006. But while her fame has brought him glory, Orser is a skating star in his own right.

He was a leading figure skater in his native country in the 1980s and won silver medals in the 1984 and 1988 Winter Olympics.

In one of the most heated rivalries in the sport, Orser placed second behind American skater Brian Boitano in what was dubbed “The Battle of the Brians” at the 1988 Calgary Olympics.

The city government will present the certificate of honorary citizenship when Orser visits Seoul along with Kim to take part in an ice show on April 14.

Among the latest recipients of the honor are Christopher Hill, the former U.S. ambassador to Korea; Susan Soon-keum Cox, a Korean adoptee and vice president of Holt International Children’s Services; and Jay Kim (Kim Chang-jun), a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Honorary citizens are invited to attend public events organized by the Seoul Metropolitan Government as VIP guests and receive free entrance to public museums and parks, city officials said.

The government introduced honorary citizenship in 1958 to promote international exchanges, amicable ties and cooperation with foreign countries. Orser will be the 608th recipient.


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