2022 Winter Olympics: South Korean gold medalist Hwang Dae-heon hopes for ‘fried chicken pension’


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South Korean speed skater Hwang Dae-heon won gold in the men’s 1,500 meters and silver in the 5,000 meters relay at the Winter Olympics, but hopes at least one prize will materialize when he returns home.

Hwang was promised a lifetime supply of friendly chicken by Genesis BBQ delivery franchise president Yoon Hong-geun. Hwang said the first thing he was going to do was make sure the promise he was given was the real deal.

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Gold medalist Hwang Dae-heon of South Korea celebrates during the medal ceremony for the Men’s 1500 Meters in Short Track Speed ​​Skating at the 2022 Winter Olympics on Thursday, February 10, 2022, in Beijing.
(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

“The first thing I want to do is confirm that my fried chicken pension is real,” he said of his plans when he got home. “The first thing I want to do is confirm that my fried chicken pension is real.”

Yoon has been named South Korean chef de mission for the Beijing Games. He said in an Instagram post last week that he was lightheartedly offering Hwang a lifetime supply of BBQ chicken if he won a gold medal.

“And he really came back with a gold medal,” he said.

Gold medalist Hwang Dae-heon of South Korea performs his national anthem during the medal ceremony for the Men's 1500 Meters Short Track Speed ​​Skating event at the 2022 Winter Olympics on Thursday, February 10, 2022 , in Beijing.

Gold medalist Hwang Dae-heon of South Korea performs his national anthem during the medal ceremony for the Men’s 1500 Meters Short Track Speed ​​Skating event at the 2022 Winter Olympics on Thursday, February 10, 2022 , in Beijing.
(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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It was unclear whether Yoon or the company would follow through on the deal with Hwang or other medalists.

According to The Korea Times, Yoon was criticized for using South Korean skaters to promote Genesis BBQ. Hwang mentioned last week that he had the food from the chicken supplier before coming to Beijing and particularly liked the chicken thighs with golden olives.

Hwang Dae-heon of South Korea celebrates after winning his men's 1500 meters final during the short track speed skating competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022, in Beijing.

Hwang Dae-heon of South Korea celebrates after winning his men’s 1500 meters final during the short track speed skating competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022, in Beijing.
(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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South Korea had two gold, four silver and a bronze from Beijing on Friday. Yoon had promised cash rewards of $83,600 (100 million won) for gold, $41,800 (50 million won) for silver and $25,100 (30 million won) for bronze medals. .

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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