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Athlete Role Model ready to guide next generation stars

Feng Kun is an Olympic champion after winning gold with the Chinese women's national team in Athens 2004
Singapore, Singapore, August 20, 2010 - The FIVB took the opportunity to present their Youth Olympic Games Role Model, former Chinese Olympic Volleyball player Feng Kun ahead of the girls’ tournament press conference on Friday as the tournament prepares to begin tomorrow.

Athens Olympic Games champion and Beijing silver medalist Feng Kun of China will provide the inspiration and guidance for tomorrow’s generation of stars at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games as the Athlete Role Model for Volleyball.

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Mr. Cristóbal Marte Hoffiz, FIVB 1st Executive Vice-President explained: “This choice was made by a consensus of the FIVB members. She was chosen because we understand that in Ms. Kun, we found somebody who has maintained a very good example for the youth. She has spent a lot of time mentoring the kids in China, and her personal values were very important to us.”

Each sport at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games, which runs from August 14-26 in Singapore, will feature an Athlete Role Model, who will be on site giving the participants tips, encouragement, lessons and above all an example to follow. Feng, 31, was a legendary setter and captain of the Chinese women’s team who claimed gold at the 2004 Olympic Games by beating Russia in the final before leading China to bronze at the 2008 Olympic Games in her home city, beating Cuba in the playoff for third.

“I feel that as a young athlete, it is very important to gain experience and feel the spirit of the games. I am very proud to be an Athlete Role Model here," Ms Kun said. “My best Olympic memory happened in Athens in 2004 when I earned the gold medal.

“I want to try to develop their love for the sport and Olympic Games. I will also give them advice about how to win.

“I find this Olympic Village very different from the ones I experienced as a player. Here, there is a very strong emphasis on learning and cultural interaction.”



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