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    Default Kim DM on Jan 16 in Vancouver

    To All The Fans in Vancouver!

    Kim Dongmoon will arrive on Monday, 16th Jan in Vancouver.
    Flight Number: KE 071 (Korean Air from Seoul, Incheon, to Vancouver)
    Scheduled Arrival: 19:15
    Scheduled Departure: 12:00
    (Arrival and Departure on the same day due to the time-lag)

    So every Badminton Fan who wanted to meet him on arrival can be there on Monday noon.
    Maybe you will be able to talk to Kim DM and offer yourself to give him conversation in English.

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    So we have to be there at Noon? I thought the scheduled arrival is 19:15?

    This is great news! Do you know whereabouts he'll be staying and potentially playing? Time to set up a KDM stalking crew!! haha...j/k

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    To All The Fans in Vancouver!

    Correction! Arrival is 12:00, not 19:15.

    Kim Dongmoon will arrive on Monday, 16th Jan in Vancouver.
    Flight Number: KE 071 (Korean Air from Seoul, Incheon, to Vancouver)
    Scheduled Departure: 19:15
    Scheduled Arrival: 12:00
    (Arrival and Departure on the same day due to the time-lag)

    So every Badminton Fan who wanted to meet him on arrival can be there on Monday noon.
    Maybe you will be able to talk to Kim DM and offer yourself to give him conversation in English.

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    The 12:00 PM arrival is from www.koreanair.com Originally, someone thought he was to arrive on the 6th but there was no confirmation from the Korean side.

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    why is he going to van?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Djiban
    why is he going to van?
    honeymoon maybe?

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    Discussed here:

    this link

    -dave

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    Great..~ Thx for the notice~... I will try to meet him and perhapes get a picture or autograph and post it online~

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete LSD
    The 12:00 PM arrival is from www.koreanair.com Originally, someone thought he was to arrive on the 6th but there was no confirmation from the Korean side.
    So, economet came through with the needed info. Did anyone get out to the airport to greet Kim? Anybody succeed in asking him where he's headed and whether he intends to coach?

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    Unfortunately, no one in our group, including myself, had the opportunity to meet KDM when he arrived. Currently, we have no idea where he is or how we can contact him.

    Quote Originally Posted by event
    So, economet came through with the needed info. Did anyone get out to the airport to greet Kim? Anybody succeed in asking him where he's headed and whether he intends to coach?

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    Default Kim evidently to stay in Vancouver!

    Quote Originally Posted by Pete LSD
    Unfortunately, no one in our group, including myself, had the opportunity to meet KDM when he arrived. Currently, we have no idea where he is or how we can contact him.
    Well, I'm going to jump the gun here and suggest that Badminton Canada dropped the ball on getting Kim to coach. This article in the Vancouver Chosun Ilbo says that Kim has already found a homestay family in the Renfrew area(?) of Vancouver and is planning to enroll in a language school in downtown Vancouver. It says that he hopes to study English intensively for a year and then do post-graduate work at UBC or in the U.S. This is all after mentioning that he sent out a "love call" to numerous countries looking for offers regarding coaching as well as study. So Canada only worked for the English and we have nothing to offer in the way of coaching opportunities? I find that rather frustrating. Oh well, I get my coaching in Korea anyway and perhaps there is a way for those of you in Vancouver to get some pointers from the master. It says that a local tour company, Hana Korea Tours along with a exchange student agency, have sponsored a local badminton club where Korean exchange students and Korean-Canadians(yes, this is specified in the article) can play with and learn from Kim. The contact number is 604-879-8250. I hope they would let those of us from other backgrounds join in.
    Kim says he is still a member of the Samsung Electromechanics team and will there for need to return to Korea twice this year for tournaments so I might get a chance to see him in action again. You never know. If you're lucky, he might even slum it at the starless Canadian Open like Ra Kyung-min did last year.
    The article sounds pretty trustworthy despite the rather absurd error of identifying 19-year-old Yoo Yeon Seong as Kim's doubles partner at Athens and the World Championships (Yoo was 13 when Kim&Ha won in '99).
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    Thank you Event for the update !

    I think VRC should hire KDM - our club doesn't have the money .

    Quote Originally Posted by event
    Well, I'm going to jump the gun here and suggest that Badminton Canada dropped the ball on getting Kim to coach. This article in the Vancouver Chosun Ilbo says that Kim has already found a homestay family in the Renfrew area(?) of Vancouver and is planning to enroll in a language school in downtown Vancouver. It says that he hopes to study English intensively for a year and then do post-graduate work at UBC or in the U.S. This is all after mentioning that he sent out a "love call" to numerous countries looking for offers regarding coaching as well as study. So Canada only worked for the English and we have nothing to offer in the way of coaching opportunities? I find that rather frustrating. Oh well, I get my coaching in Korea anyway and perhaps there is a way for those of you in Vancouver to get some pointers from the master. It says that a local tour company, Hana Korea Tours along with a exchange student agency, have sponsored a local badminton club where Korean exchange students and Korean-Canadians(yes, this is specified in the article) can play with and learn from Kim. The contact number is 604-879-8250. I hope they would let those of us from other backgrounds join in.
    Kim says he is still a member of the Samsung Electromechanics team and will there for need to return to Korea twice this year for tournaments so I might get a chance to see him in action again. You never know. If you're lucky, he might even slum it at the starless Canadian Open like Ra Kyung-min did last year.
    The article sounds pretty trustworthy despite the rather absurd error of identifying 19-year-old Yoo Yeon Seong as Kim's doubles partner at Athens and the World Championships (Yoo was 13 when Kim&Ha won in '99).
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    Quote Originally Posted by event
    Well, I'm going to jump the gun here and suggest that Badminton Canada dropped the ball on getting Kim to coach. This article in the Vancouver Chosun Ilbo says that Kim has already found a homestay family in the Renfrew area(?) of Vancouver and is planning to enroll in a language school in downtown Vancouver. It says that he hopes to study English intensively for a year and then do post-graduate work at UBC or in the U.S. This is all after mentioning that he sent out a "love call" to numerous countries looking for offers regarding coaching as well as study. So Canada only worked for the English and we have nothing to offer in the way of coaching opportunities? I find that rather frustrating. Oh well, I get my coaching in Korea anyway and perhaps there is a way for those of you in Vancouver to get some pointers from the master. It says that a local tour company, Hana Korea Tours along with a exchange student agency, have sponsored a local badminton club where Korean exchange students and Korean-Canadians(yes, this is specified in the article) can play with and learn from Kim. The contact number is 604-879-8250. I hope they would let those of us from other backgrounds join in.
    Kim says he is still a member of the Samsung Electromechanics team and will there for need to return to Korea twice this year for tournaments so I might get a chance to see him in action again. You never know. If you're lucky, he might even slum it at the starless Canadian Open like Ra Kyung-min did last year.
    The article sounds pretty trustworthy despite the rather absurd error of identifying 19-year-old Yoo Yeon Seong as Kim's doubles partner at Athens and the World Championships (Yoo was 13 when Kim&Ha won in '99).
    It's pretty cool to have KDM staying in Vancouver. Unfortunately, the Canadian coaching system is pretty territorial regionally. He will encounter the same obstacles his compatriot experienced when she first came here. Even having KDM invited to play at VRC will raise a red flag with the club's head coach. All I can say is best of luck with him.
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    So how easy is it to become Korean-Canadian anyway?

    -dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by wood_22_chuck
    So how easy is it to become Korean-Canadian anyway?

    -dave
    Well, that is what the article said but considering that the news was only published in Korean, perhaps the writer was writing to his target audience. If a parallel article in English had been written, it might have sounded more welcoming. Also, maybe only members of the Vancouver Korean community showed up at the airport so the people who sponsored the club might have misread that as a lack of widespread interest in Kim's Canadian sojourn. Pure conjecture. It is hard to imagine that you might be stopped at the door.

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    Thanks event. Given the political nature of badminton participants (sorry for the blanket statement), the atmosphere that the article paints would not be far from accurate. When the female Korean ex-national came to Vancouver, I did not expect resistance from local coaches to her lending her services here.

    There isn't a "lets-share" attitude prevalent here in Vancouver (yes, yes, blanket statement again).

    Just my opinion, and I don't discount that it could be or is wrong.

    -dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by wood_22_chuck
    Thanks event. Given the political nature of badminton participants (sorry for the blanket statement), the atmosphere that the article paints would not be far from accurate. When the female Korean ex-national came to Vancouver, I did not expect resistance from local coaches to her lending her services here.

    There isn't a "lets-share" attitude prevalent here in Vancouver (yes, yes, blanket statement again).

    Just my opinion, and I don't discount that it could be or is wrong.

    -dave
    I see. Unfortunate. Well, according to chobo, this club seems to have sprung up around the fact that Kim is in town. If that's what it takes to produce a manifestation of the latent badminton interest among those in the Vancouver Korean community, then that sounds like a good thing. If there is no room in the existing clubs for a new coach but there is room for a new club with a new coach, then the opportunities to play and learn should be. Perhaps the sponsors of the new club saw this as the best way to avoid stepping on the toes of the local established coaches. Probably a smart move considering the history you mention. Still, that is no indication that people who aren't specifically invited by an article written in a language that none of them read would necessarily feel unwelcome at the new club. I just hope the impact of the new club is as positive as it sounds to me.

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