Figure skating star Kim Yu-na will attend a luncheon hosted by the U.S. Department of State today. Kim was officially invited to the event that is being held for President Lee Myung-bak, who is on a six-day state visit to the U.S.
In addition to Lee, First Lady Kim Yoon-ok and Kim Yu-na, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. figure skater Michelle Kwan will be present.
Kim Yu-na, who is training in Los Angeles, said through her management agency All That Sports that, “I am honored to have been invited to represent Korea at such an event. I received a letter from Ms. Clinton after the 2010 Vancouver Olympics in which she congratulated me on my victory. It will be my first time to actually see her in person, and I would like to thank her when I get to meet her.”
After the luncheon in Washington D.C., Kim will fly to Boston to take part in a charity skating show at Harvard University called “An Evening with Champions.” The event will take place at Harvard Bright Hockey Center on Sunday and Monday. It is an annual charity event that has been hosted by the Jimmy Fund of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston since 1970.
Kim will perform her exhibition program “Fever” and have a skating session with young cancer patients. She will fly back to Korea on Tuesday to attend a general assembly of the organizing committee of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games scheduled for the next day.