President Moon Jae-in sent messages to South Korean Olympic medalists on Sunday to personally congratulate them on their recent feats at the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games, the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said.
In a congratulatory message to Lee Sang-ho, the South Korean snowboarder who won silver in the men's parallel giant slalom on Saturday, Moon said Lee had written a new chapter in the country's history.
Lee Sang-ho, the South Korean silver medalist in the men's parallel giant slalom at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games (Yonhap)Lee Sang-ho, the South Korean silver medalist in the men's parallel giant slalom at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games (Yonhap)
"Thanks to Lee, our snow sports wrote new history," the president said, calling Lee and his achievement the "pride" of the nation.
Lee's silver was the country's first-ever Olympic medal in snowboarding.
Moon also congratulated Kim Tae-yun, who won the bronze medal in the men's 1,000m speed skating on Friday.
"Your passionate spirit seen in your loss of weight to make your body more fit for the conditions of the ice has led to a great and precious outcome," the president said. (Yonhap News)
"When the winners were announced, the people too raised their hands in great joy," he added.