Korean rhythmic gymnastics star Son Yeon Jae revealed on Monday that she has begun undertaking a rigorous training program in Brazil in preparation for the upcoming Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in August.
The 22-year old Korean athlete is very serious in her training, as she hopes to be the first-ever Korean rhythmic gymnast to take home an Olympic gold medal for her country.
Son has recently shared a photo of her training on her Instragram account. She currently trains in Sao Paolo, where she’ll be working out with the Russian national team.
Son, who achieved the fifth spot in the individual All-around at the 2012 Olympic Games, will try to make a historic finish in Rio by claiming Korea’s first Olympic medal in rhythmic gymnastics this August. The 2016 Olympic Games will begin on Friday and the competition for rhythmic gymnastics will start on 19th of August.
Son has begun an intensive year round training in Russia since 2011, and also trained with the Russian gymnasts before the start of the 2012 Olympics. They will proceed to the athletes’ village in Rio on August 15.
Son took home a total of 17 medals during the course of the 2016 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup, which includes silver and a bronze in each series of this season’s World Cup cycle. She’s currently rated as the fifth best rhythmic gymnast in the world.
Her greatest rivals, the two most successful gymnasts, Yana Kudryavtseva and Margarita Mamun, are both from Russia, and they’re expected to showcase their dominance in the Olympic Games after winning a combined total of seven All-around titles at 10 World Cup competitions this season.
The world’s third best gymnast, Aleksandra Soldatova, won’t be able to participate at the Rio Olympics because of the two-per-country rule of the Olympic Games. That would leave the bronze medal to the hands of either Son or Ganna Rizatdinova, who is ranked the fourth best gymnast.
Son, a 22-year-old individual rhythmic gymnast, has been South Korea’s most successful and popular athlete in the recent years, and a historic medal in the Olympic Games will give her a whole new level of stardom.
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