2008 Olympian Becky Kim to be inducted into Ohio State Athletic Hall of Fame

June 24, 2014, 1:24 p.m. (ET)


Contact: Dax Lowery, media@usasynchro.org

June 20, 2014

2008 Olympian Becky Kim to be inducted into
Ohio State Athletic Hall of Fame


INDIANAPOLIS  –  Becky Kim had trained most of her life for the opportunity to represent her country at the Olympic Games when a freak injury almost ended her dream.

She had been a member of U.S. national synchronized swimming teams since 2001, and as the 2008 Games approached, Kim thought she might have missed her chance.

“If it wasn’t for the support of my family and my Ohio State family, it would’ve been impossible,” she said. “My thing is: Surround yourself with superstars who will continue to support you, and you can get through anything, even through the toughest of times.”

Kim recovered and competed at the Olympic Games in Beijing.

“When we walked into the stadium for the Opening Ceremony, I was filled with so much pride at that moment, and I understood how important it is to know where you came from,” she said. “It’s a very memorable moment for me.”

Kim will add another memorable moment in September when she is inducted into the Ohio State Athletic Hall of Fame. The most recent class was announced this week, and Kim, a four-time U.S. Collegiate All-American who won six U.S. Collegiate championships, said she was honored to be selected for enshrinement.

“OSU has been there supporting me from the beginning of my journey to the Games. To have that experience with my coaches and my teammates is something that is priceless,” she said. “It’s something that will remain forever in my heart. For my name to be in the Hall of Fame at OSU … I’m very humbled because of the amount of grace and support that I received from OSU.”

Kim competed for Ohio State from 2004 to 2006 before training with the U.S. national team in preparation for the 2008 Games. She returned to OSU in 2009. During her span as a Buckeye, Kim helped Ohio State win a pair of U.S. Collegiate National titles in 2004 and 2009, when she was honored as the United States Synchronized Swimming Collegiate Athlete of the Year.

Kim coached for four years with the La Mirada Aquabelles and is now a sixth-grade English and history teacher living in Norwalk, Calif. She regularly volunteers at area schools, Boys & Girls Clubs and YMCAs, “encouraging them to reach for their goals and to help them be aware of how important it is to be active,” she said.

Kim said she had to overcome a lot of obstacles to put together a successful synchro career and hopes younger swimmers can stay focused on their goals.

“I didn’t make the national team the first time I tried out. I was 15 and I was devastated,” she said. “I thought, ‘My world is over.’ But then I gave it another shot, and if it wasn’t for that – giving myself another chance to go at it – I wouldn’t have made the national team every year after that. I really had to overcome a lot of failures to have my successes.

“Just enjoy synchronized swimming. If you love it, just know why you love it and keep doing it because of those reasons. Don’t let failures get in the way of reaching your goals.”

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