[VIDEO NEWS] Why Ice Dancers Min Yu-ra and Alex Gamelin closed their crowdfunding page

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[VIDEO NEWS] Why Ice Dancers Min Yu-ra and Alex Gamelin closed their crowdfunding page


1) “My parents are worried. They say if we get too much support money, we’ll become lazy and lose our determination.” -Min Yu-ra

2) Min Yu-ra, a Korean national ice dancer, rose as a sports star in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

3) Min Yu-ra and her partner, Alex Gamelin, also recently met up with fans in an ice show.

4) Min’s performance almost faltered when her costume top came unhooked in the middle of the short dance,

5) but she went on with her act despite the wardrobe malfunction, earning the attention of the whole world with her perseverance and good spirits.

6) Min Yu-ra was one of the most popular among the South Korean athletes of PyeongChang.

7) The Min-Gamelin pair is also planning to participate in the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

8) They are striving to improve their score and rank in Beijing.

9) “We will need more money to map out and train a program of a higher level. I’m afraid we might not be able to afford that.” -The president of Min’s management company

10) The training costs 220 million won ($206,000) each year, but without an official sponsor, the pair must pay the expenses themselves.

11) Currently, Min’s parents are providing most of the money.

12) Last December, Min and Gamelin opened a crowdfunding page to get financial support.

13) The goal was $50,000 at first, but it was raised to $100,000 when the initial goal was met during the Olympic period.

14) The fund surpassed even that goal by the end of February.

15) President Moon Jae-in and the first lady, Kim Jung-sook, also funded $1,000 together.

16) “[From now on] we’ll only receive your support by your hearts, not money, to keep our minds sharp.” –Min Yu-ra

17) The money they raised is still not enough for the training expenses, but the Min-Gamelin pair does not plan to reopen their funding account.

18) “I want to train well with Gamelin without any injuries for the remaining four years and make it to Beijing.” -Min Yu-ra

19) The financial issues remain, but the pair’s passion for the Olympics is unstoppable.

Video sourced from JoongAng Ilbo
Directed by Sun Hee-yeon
Produced by Oh Da-seul
Translated by Kim Hyo-jung
Edited by Matthew Silberman

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