Trials make Kim Yeon-kyung (35, Heungkuk Life Insurance) stronger. It is the driving force behind her rise to the ‘Volleyball Empress’.
Kim Yeon-kyung scored 22 points, the most in his team, on the 7th in the match against Hyundai Engineering & Construction, which ranked first in the V-League Women’s Division, held at the Suwon Indoor Gymnasium in Gyeonggi-do. In particular, in the 25-25 deuce situation in the 2nd set, he showed his clutch ability by scoring twice in a row.
Heungkuk Life Insurance, who won with a set score of 3-0, made the same number of points (60) as Hyundai E&C for the first time this season. Hyundai Engineering & Construction (21-5), with one more win, barely kept first place, but Heungkuk Life Insurance (20-6) is stronger. Kim Yeon-kyung led the competition to win the regular league championship to the climax.
Kim Yeon-kyung is going through a difficult time without knowing it. He was recently put in an embarrassing situation, being misunderstood for revealing his political colors. On the 27th of last month, Rep. Kim Ki-hyun, the party leader of the People’s Power, posted a photo taken with Kim Yeon-kyung and Namjin (singer) at a restaurant in Yeouido on social media (SNS) on the 27th of last month, saying, “Please take your precious time to support me in the party representative election, and give me a bouquet of flowers.” I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Kim Yeon-kyung and Nam Jin-sensei, who prepared until the end of the season.”
Some netizens criticized Kim Yeon-kyung, who has a great influence on the public, for not keeping ‘political neutrality’ and officially supporting a specific person. Namjin’s side said that they had no acquaintance with Commissioner Kim Ki-hyeon, and that they did not express any intention of political support. I exchanged greetings with Commissioner Kim, who suddenly appeared at the place with Kim Yeon-kyung, and explained that I was only responding to the photo request. Kim Yeon-kyung’s side also said in a phone call with this magazine, “It is the same position as what Namjin interviewed.”
There are many views that politicians tried to expand their support base by using the popularity of sports stars as a tool. Rep. Chul-soo Ahn, another party runner in the power of the people, said to Rep. Kim Ki-hyun, “Explain it yourself.” In an interview with reporters on the 1st, Rep. Kim Ki-hyeon told the facts in detail and said, “I regret it if there was any misunderstanding in the process of expression.”
From Kim Yeon-kyung’s point of view, there is no choice but to be unfair and uncomfortable. However, he stood on the court silently and showed a stronger play.
On the 29th of last month, when the controversy just erupted, Kim Yeon-kyung showed hot fan service in the V-League All-Star Game. She participated on the 3rd, and before the KGC Ginseng Corporation in the V-League Women’s Division, she scored 25 points and had an attack success rate of 50%, leading her team Heungkuk Life Insurance to a set score of 3-0.
Kim Yeon-kyung also suffered from bad news last month. Heungkuk Life Insurance coach Kwon Soon-chan, who was leading the team to the top, was suddenly hardened, and it was revealed that high-ranking team personnel were excessively involved in field operations such as player recruitment. Kim Yeon-kyung stood in front of reporters on behalf of the team and acknowledged her related suspicions. A deep skepticism was conveyed in his words, “I wonder if there is a team like this.”
In this situation, Kim Yeon-kyung encourages his teammates and maintains a cluttered team atmosphere. During the operation time before Hyundai E&C on the 7th, he shouted, “You knew it would be difficult. It’s now, now”, raising his morale. Heungkuk Life Insurance won 6 wins out of 8 games played as an acting coach, and eventually chased the top spot to the bottom of the chin. Kim Yeon-gyeong also flew with an average of 20.6 points and an attack success rate of 43.04%. 스포츠토토
In the 2020-21 season, when Kim Yeon-kyung returned to the domestic stage after 11 years, Lee Jae-young and Da-young twin sisters left the team due to controversy over school violence (school violence), and led the team alone. Heungkuk Life Insurance, whose power was weakened, suffered 5 losses in the remaining 8 games of the regular league and fell from 1st to 2nd place. However, in the playoff (PO) against IBK Industrial Bank, which was expected to be inferior, Kim Yeon-kyung showed fighting spirit and scored 72 points in 3 games, leading Heungkuk Life Insurance to the championship match. Although she gave away the championship trophy with three consecutive losses to GS Caltex on the final stage, Kim Yeon-kyung’s race, which showed her sports spirit in the face of great bad news, was applauded.
Kim Yeon-kyung’s goal this season is to win the V-League. After winning against Hyundai Engineering & Construction on the 7th, he said, “I didn’t think it would be easy to win the regular league if we lost in this game. I’m really happy to win.” I don’t want to miss this (winning) opportunity because I made the points.” He did not forget to express his gratitude to his coaching staff, club staff, and colleagues for all their hard work.