The Korean Cultural Center Presents LA84 Foundation 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic and Paralympic Torches
LOS ANGELES – The LA84 Foundation’s Olympic collection just got bigger.
South Korea presented LA84 with the Olympic and Paralympic Torches from 2018 PyeongChang games to add to its artifact collection.
Kim Nakjung, director of the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles, gave the torches to LA84 in a ceremony held in the Foundation’s library.
Nakjung wants the legacy of the PyeongChang will carry-on for eternity.
“The 2018 Winter Games have been praised as the ‘peace Olympics’ and successfully delivered a message of peace to the world,” Nakjung said. “Keeping with this message, I would like to donate the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic torches to the LA84 Foundation.”
Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson was on-hand to accept the torches from Nakjung.
Wesson believes the power of sport was on full display at the event.
“LA84 and this building is proof that the good that happens at the Olympics doesn’t have to end when the Games are over,” he said. “Dreams are born in Hollywood, but the LA84 Foundation makes Olympic dreams come true for our young boys and girls. We have the responsibility to carry the torch that brings us all together.”
There were a lot of big names from the sporting world in attendance, including Olympians Gary Hall Jr., John Naber, Reynaldo Brown, John Moffet — and Paralympians — Candace Cable, Michael Shea and Michael Spivey.
Joining them were members of the Cinderella story of the 2018 Games, the South Korean Paralympic hockey team that captured bronze.
The players joined Nakjung to present a jersey signed by each member of the team to LA84.
The torches were added to a display in the library that also showcases a gold, silver and bronze medal from the PyeongChang Games.
You can view them by making an appointment to visit the LA84 Foundation’s historic library.
Nakjung wants to see the Olympic essence still going strong when the Games return to U.S. soil.
“Sport has helped bring the two nations together,” he said. “I wish that the Olympic spirit will be carried on through the successful hosting of the L.A. Summer Olympics in 2028.”