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Winston-Salem resident to be captain of U.S. Olympics team

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Woo Sup Kim, a Winston-Salem resident, provides instruction to Kyle Hester. Kim owns and operates businesses in four locations. (Credit: DAVID ROLFE/WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Woo Sup Kim encourages his taekwondo students to work hard and dream big, reminding them that even a goal of reaching the sport’s pinnacle, the Olympic Games, is attainable.

Kim himself now has achieved that goal.

He will represent the United States as captain of the men’s and women’s taekwondo teams at the London Games in August.

“This is very special, and I feel very honored,” said Kim, a Winston-Salem resident who owns and operates businesses in four locations — including Winston-Salem and Clemmons — that offer taekwondo instruction to about 1,400 students.

“I’m very excited. To be part of the Olympics is a dream.”

Kim, 42, was born in South Korea and began participating in that country’s national sport, taekwondo, when he was 5 years old.

This article was written by Tommy Bowman and originally published by The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read the full story.