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    Kyung Min Ra will be playing with Haeng Ham Lee in the 2009 Yonex Alberta tourney seeded #1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommy_bun View Post
    After Minarti Timur...Now Ra Kyung Min...Parhaps next is Ge Fei

    wow i really miss Ge Fei playing with Gu Jun...always a fantastic game against Korean esp Ra Kyung-min, Gil Young-ah and Jang Hye-ock era...

    anyone has the video of their matches?

    only found 1 game in youtube..

    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by erikpoh View Post
    wow i really miss Ge Fei playing with Gu Jun...always a fantastic game against Korean esp Ra Kyung-min, Gil Young-ah and Jang Hye-ock era...
    Jang Hye Ock still plays domestically. She is 3 months younger than Ra and she won her All England title a month after her 18th birthday. She and Kim Shin Young ('95 Swedish Open winner) have placed 2nd at three national tournaments in recent years. Kim is a year older than Ra.

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    Quote Originally Posted by event View Post
    Jang Hye Ock still plays domestically. She is 3 months younger than Ra and she won her All England title a month after her 18th birthday. She and Kim Shin Young ('95 Swedish Open winner) have placed 2nd at three national tournaments in recent years. Kim is a year older than Ra.
    Why they dont play for international tournaments?

    Jang Hye-ock retired at a very young age..

    Hope Lee Kyung-won is nt retiring soon

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    Quote Originally Posted by erikpoh View Post
    Why they dont play for international tournaments?

    Jang Hye-ock retired at a very young age..

    Hope Lee Kyung-won is nt retiring soon
    All Korean players' the last and ultimate goal is to get a medal in Olympics. Without the goal, they can't and don't stay in the National Team. They seldom play with individual sponsors, rather they support for their successors left in the National Team.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Loh View Post
    Just a thought.

    Ra and her husband KDM have done Korea proud in the past and should be getting quite a reasonable pension. I'm not sure about the cost of living in Korea and whether their combined pension is more than enough for their basic needs. Or whether their pensions also take into account inflation.

    They are also getting an income from their coaching work and perhaps from playing for their teams. However they are presently residing in Calgary, Canada where costs may be higher. If both intend to be PRs or citizens ultimately then they may have to find ways to increase their income. They may also lose their pensions if they change citizenship.

    But of course they also have additions to the family, now comprising four members I understand from this forum, with the arrival of a baby girl recently to join their son and their financial needs will naturally increase.
    They are quite well supported by Korea, Yonex, etc. And they should be now receiving many benefits from Canada. Moreover, KDM should be earning quite a lot from his private Academy in Calgary. Money is no problem for them to live in Canada as well as in Korea.

    They may achieve the PR status but they will not become Canadians. KDM has Ph.D. and his purpose is teaching or coaching good players in badminton-strong countries. His main purpose in Canada is to learn english (his current coaching of Canadian team also has this purpose.) The great KDM doesn't want to just stay in Canada, a weak country in badminton.

    IMO, the fact that mommy has decided to come back to Korea implies that daddy soon will leave the country they live in now. But I don't know where he will go; surely one of these - JPN, MAS, INA, ENG, DEN.

    Enjoy~
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    Quote Originally Posted by narnia View Post
    They are quite well supported by Korea, Yonex, etc. And they should be now receiving many benefits from Canada. Moreover, KDM should be earning quite a lot from his private Academy in Calgary. Money is no problem for them to live in Canada as well as in Korea.

    They may achieve the PR status but they will not become Canadians. KDM has Ph.D. and his purpose is teaching or coaching good players in badminton-strong countries. His main purpose in Canada is to learn english (his current coaching of Canadian team also has this purpose.) The great KDM doesn't want to just stay in Canada, a weak country in badminton.

    IMO, the fact that mommy has decided to come back to Korea implies that daddy soon will leave the country they live in now. But I don't know where he will go; surely one of these - JPN, MAS, INA, ENG, DEN.

    Enjoy~
    Thank you narnia for your interesting input.

    I didn't know KDM has a Ph.D. This is very rare for a professional badminton player and even in other sports. I could only think of arguably the greatest badminton player from the US, the late Dr David G. Freeman from California, who was a medical doctor, a neurosurgeon.

    Dr Freeman was US Champion from 1939 - 1948 (no competition from 1943-1946) in MS (6 times), MD (5 times) and XD (3 times). He also won the All-England in his only try in 1949. He also scalped some great names from then Malaya in the Thomas Cup, And he also played other racket games proficiently such as tennis, squash and table-tennis.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._David_G._Freeman

    Just wonder what KDM did for his Ph.D and did he achieve this after his retirement? Seems like sports education and the like must be a natural choice for him.

    Not too good news for Canada I'm afraid, as KDM does not think Canada could benefit as much from his experience even though he has set up a badminton academy there. And all along KDM remains a patriotic Korean. And his good wife Ra would only follow him.

    Since KDM is interested in polishing his English, ENG would seem to be a good place to go after Canada. At the same time he could imbibe a bit of English culture. Unless he finds Asian culture more at home, then MAS would seem a possibility as English is also used though to a less extent by players.

    Good luck to KDM and his partner Ra KM.
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    Default The news of his doctoral and post-doctoral study had been mentioned before..

    Quote Originally Posted by Loh View Post
    ...I didn't know KDM has a Ph.D.
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    Just wonder what KDM did for his Ph.D and did he achieve this after his retirement? Seems like sports education and the like must be a natural choice for him.
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    ..as was mentioned a few times before, even as early as 2005. Here is one thread abt his plan:
    http://www.badmintoncentral.com/foru...ad.php?t=22438

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctjcad View Post
    ..as was mentioned a few times before, even as early as 2005. Here is one thread abt his plan:
    http://www.badmintoncentral.com/foru...ad.php?t=22438
    Thanks Chris.

    It was mentioned briefly that "Kim earned his doctoral degree from Wonkwang University and is preparing for post-doc work while studying English in University of Calgary".

    No more updates so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by narnia View Post
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    IMO, the fact that mommy has decided to come back to Korea implies that daddy soon will leave the country they live in now. But I don't know where he will go; surely one of these - JPN, MAS, INA, ENG, DEN.

    Enjoy~
    Why not Korea??

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    Quote Originally Posted by eaglehelang View Post
    Why not Korea??
    Yup, Korea are not much different either

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    Quote Originally Posted by eaglehelang View Post
    Why not Korea??
    Maybe. But in Korea there are already good coaches; his ex-playing partner HTK and LDS. And PJB is also thinking to come back to his mother country. KDM is still young enough to experience the world.

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    Hope the best for Ra...eventhough it is sad that many old players are out of retirement....It takes a lot to play in high level tournaments...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loh View Post
    Thanks Chris.

    It was mentioned briefly that "Kim earned his doctoral degree from Wonkwang University and is preparing for post-doc work while studying English in University of Calgary".

    No more updates so far.
    In 2006, he's got his Ph.D. in athletic physiology with the thesis:

    "The effects of athletics' over-training on the immune system, the concentration of lipid peroxide, and the revelation of anti-oxidization mRNA"
    (translated from Korean by narnia)

    And there are some more Korean players who have the Ph.D.:

    Kim, YeonJa, who is mother of Sung, JiHyun (who last week beat Zhou Mi), teaching in Korea National Sport University.

    PJB has got his Ph.D. last week
    http://www.badmintoncentral.com/foru...2&postcount=25

    Jeon JaeYoun is about to finish her Ph.D. thesis in Sports Psychology.

    And Dr. Lee JaeBok, who had taught ENG team for a while.

    .
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    Lee yong dae & Ra Ku Min... for GOLD in 2012 London!!

    oh yeah....

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    Go mommy Ra! I'm sure KDM would be so jealous, so he'd also come out from retirement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SibugiChai View Post
    Lee yong dae & Ra Ku Min... for GOLD in 2012 London!!

    oh yeah....
    1st Mom to win OG?

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