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Michelle Wie adds support to Olympic bid

Korean ski resort Pyeongchang received a boost overnight in its bid to win the right to host the 2014 Olympic Winter Games as teenage golf star Michelle Wie agreed to become an honorary ambassador.

The 17-year-old American, whose parents are Korean, agreed after months of negotiations to accept the role after further talks with the chairman of the bid committee Han Seung-soo.

Wie, who has yet to triumph on the senior US women's LPGA tour but has finished third at two majors, the Kraft Nabisco and the US Open, and fifth at the LPGA Championship this year, said that it had not been a difficult decision to come to.

"I'm proud of my Korean heritage and also a big fan of winter sports," she said.

"If the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games are held in Pyeongchang I'm sure that they will be a fantastic and memorable experience for the athletes, Olympic Family and spectators. I know well that visitors to Korea are always made to feel very welcome."

Han, a former foreign minister and ambassador to the United Nations, was delighted with Wie's coming on board.

"We are grateful to Michelle Wie for taking time out of her busy schedule to support Pyeongchang's bid," the 70-year-old said.

"She has already achieved so much in her short career and is a great role model for women in sport in Korea and around the world.

"It is talented, committed athletes of Michelle's generation who could be competing for medals in Pyeongchang in 2014."

Pyeongchang, which lost narrowly to Vancouver in the race for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, will learn its fate on July 4 2007 in Guatemala City where it is up against the Austrian resort of Salzburg and the Russian resort of Sochi.

December 22, 2006


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