Jimmy Kim Appointed Head Coach of U.S. National Poomsae Team

July 21, 2009, 10:37 a.m. (ET)


Olympic gold medalist Jimmy Kim (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) has been appointed to serve as head coach of the 2009 U.S. National Poomsae Team. The appointment was announced Tuesday by USA Taekwondo CEO David Askinas

"I am honored that USAT has considered me for this position," said Kim. "I know that it is a great responsibility and one that I will take very seriously.  I hope that I, with the help and the support of USAT, can make this one of the most successful U.S. National Poomsae team events to date." 

Kim was the first male gold medalist for the U.S. in the sport of taekwondo when it debuted as an exhibition sport at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea. Since opening his own training center in 1999, Kim has produced over 70 California state champions, 20 U.S. national champions, several U.S. Open champions, a junior Pan American champion and junior and senior world bronze medalist in sparring, as well as several U.S. National Poomsae team members. He is also the personal coach of 2008 Olympian Charlotte Craig. 

 "As a former Olympic gold medalist and respected taekwondo coach, Jimmy Kim brings a special skill set to this job," stated Askinas. "He comes from a long family history of service to taekwondo. His father, Grandmaster Chan Yong Kim, is a well-known figure in the international taekwondo community and is a former referee chairman of the World Taekwondo Federation. The appointment of Jimmy Kim to this position is evidence of the increasing importance USA Taekwondo is assigning to poomsae. We think Jimmy will do a marvelous job and represent the USA with honor and integrity." 

Kim will lead the U.S. National Poomsae team at the 4th WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in Cairo, Egypt, Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2009.