Part-time job in dog feed factory, just labor… The reality of the curling national team

The movie ‘The Best Moment of Our Life’ is based on the moving true story of the women’s handball team who won the silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

The film, in which the main character from the national handball team was disbanded, and the veteran players who retired after working as salespeople at the mart, displayed their fighting spirit at the Athens Olympics, reflected the players’ passion for handball even under poor conditions and wrote a 4 million box office myth. .

At the same time, it also showed how harsh the negative view of unpopular sports and the absence of an unemployed team is for the players.

The lives of the Gyeonggi Curling Federation players are no less than this movie.

This is because the life of the protagonist of the movie is not different from the reality of the unpopular sport and the reality of having to jump into the front line of business as an unemployed team, earn money, and train at the same time.

Se-won Park worked part-time at a dog food production factory when she was 20. When I got home from work, the pleasant smell that stung my nostrils permeated my body.

The youngest, Junhyung Lee, had a part-time job packing clothes at an online shopping mall not long ago, and Minguk Seo continued his hard training while working on a drama set.

All five, including Jung Young-seok and Kim Jung-min, visited the manpower office from dawn in the off-season in summer.

As a daily worker at a construction site, he spent nine hours in the scorching sun from 8 am to 5 pm.

The players agreed that they would be less apologetic to their parents if they had to earn money like this.

Seo Min-guk (coach and player) said, “I had to earn a lot of money in the off-season in the summer, but there was no place that accepted me if I only worked for a short period of time. So I ended up going to the construction site for a daily job.” “It was very difficult physically and mentally to work and exercise at the same time,” he said.

Gyeonggi-do Curling Federation players stopped curling for a year or two after working out and making a living with an extra income of 500,000 won to 1 million won a month.

The wall of reality was always high.

However, their footsteps turned towards the curling alley again.

It was only his passion and will for curling. The more difficult it was, the more I clenched it.

Finally, the Gyeonggi-do Curling Federation put on the miraculous Taegeuk mark in the national selection match last year. It was a valuable victory achieved by persevering and persevering.

However, there is still no economic leeway.

This is because the reality of being a national team but a non-employed team has not changed.

The players said they couldn’t even dream of having a group dinner because they didn’t have money. There is no group uniform and there is no dedicated vehicle, so he uses his own car to go to other areas for field training.

I can’t even say to my friends, ‘Let’s have a meal, let’s have a drink’.

Most of all, it bothers me the most that I can’t take care of my alumni, the juniors of the curling club at Uijeongbu High School.

Kim Jung-min (third) said, “When I say curling player, I often ask, ‘What is curling?’, and I get sad when I can’t tell my friends, ‘I’ll buy it’ even though I’m a national representative.” If a business team can be established to lead juniors and promote Korean curling, there is nothing more I can hope for.”

Even in this situation, the players did not forget their gratitude to the Gyeonggi-do Curling Federation, which supported the Curling Stadium rental fee and food expenses.

In addition, he thanked the curling community ‘a spoonful of curling’, who provided local interpreters in Canada during the World Men’s Curling Championships in April, saying that the contest went well.

The Gyeonggi-do Curling Federation will hold the national team selection match for the 2021-2022 season in Gangneung, Gangwon-do on the 22nd.

Lee Jun-hyung (lead) said, “I will play every game with confidence so that I can become the national team again.” “I became the national team and participated in the Olympic qualification event (qualification) to be held in December to qualify for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. I will try,” he said.

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