EXCLUSIVE (Part 1): Maryland’s First Lady opens up about Winter Olympics held in her home country
Updated: Feb 9, 2018 1:11 AM
By Abbey Smith
(ANNAPOLIS, Md.) - Tonight all eyes are on South Korea, as athletes from around the world prepare for the 2018 Winter Olympics. Millions will be watching, including Maryland's First Lady Yumi Hogan who is also from South Korea.
She says her favorite sports to watch are figure skating and snowboarding; however, she's most excited to watch Thomas Hong, a fellow Marylander.
"He's Korean-American and a student of the University of Maryland," said Hogan.
Hong is a short-track speedskater. He earned his spot at the Olympics in December 2017. Hogan says she met his mother during a trade mission to South Korea.
"We have a very, very good relationship between Maryland and South Korea. We try to bring more business here," explained Hogan. "A lot of people worried here, 'Are you sure you still go on the trade mission?' I replied, 'Why not? We have to bring the business here.'"
Today, fingers crossed that things on the peninsula are changing for the better, now that the divided country will for the first time compete together as one.
"I think it's great because it brings peace," said Hogan. "I have so many Korean war veterans here. Every time I attend one of their events, they are all teary-eyed, 'We don't want another war or anything. [We want] peace.'...They're working together and I think that's the best way to peace."