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Yuna Kim and Sammy Lee to be rewarded “Proud Korean Award”
By newdaily on 08/07/2010 at 09:22 AM



The Korean American Leadership Foundation announced that this year’s ‘Proud Korean Award’ will be awarded to ‘Figure Queen’ Yuna Kim and ‘Diving Hero’ Dr. Samuel “Sammy” Lee. This award is given to Korean Americans who have made Koreans proud.

The Korean American Leadership Foundation said on July 7 that the 5th Annual ‘Proud Korean Award’ will be awarded to Kim and Dr. Lee. The awarding ceremony will be held on August 7th 6PM at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in Los Angeles.

The foundation said that they selected Kim because of her gold medal win in figure skating in ladies singles at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, and for making Koreans proud worldwide with her excellent skating abilities.

Dr. Lee graduated from the University of Southern California School of Medicine and won the gold medal in the men’s 10 meter platform diving at the 1948 London Olympics for the United States while working as a doctor. He also won the gold medal four years later at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics and considered a ‘Diving Hero’.

Dr. Lee was a son of a sugar cane farm laborer who immigrated to Hawaii. He also coached the diving star and Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis and is considered one of the few who have succeeded both as a athlete and as a coach in diving.

“Although Kim Yuna, who trains in Toronto, is not technically Korean American, we decided to award her because she made Koreans proud all over the world,” the foundation said. “Dr. Lee should have been awarded sooner,” they added.

The ‘Proud Korean’ award was established in 2006. Former awardees include Shinae Chun, Director of the Women’s Bureau U.S. Department of Labor (2006), Joon-Gu “Jhoon” Rhee, Taekwondo Supreme Grand Master (2007), Yong-Keun “John” Lim, Senator of Oregon (2007), Ho-Beom “Paull” Shin, Senator of Washington (2008), Sung-Mo "Steve" Kang, Chancellor of UC Merced (2008), Dr. Myung-Ki "Mike" Hong, President of Dura Coat Products (2009), and Byeong-Won Ahn, composer of the well known song ‘Our Wish’ (2009)


The Original - http://www.newdaily.co.kr/html/article/2010/07/08/ART51294.html
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