Taekwondo’s Sorn Seavmey featured in Olympic Channel’s Cambodia’s Search for Glory
Prepare to be inspired with the Olympic Channel animated special Cambodia’s Search for Glory which features Sorn Seavmey as she tries to win her country’s first-ever Olympic medal in Taekwondo.
Through a mix of archival and live footage combined with colourful animation, the half-hour special tells the story of Sorn Seavmey from working at a garment factory with her mother to creating Olympic history for Cambodia. Her story has become a national source of pride and is changing the perception of sports and women in Cambodia.
Seavmey, whose father died when she was a child, was raised by her mother who, like most Cambodian women, worked at a garment factory where Seavmey also took a job. She then found her talent in Taekwondo and under the tutelage of Korean taekwondo master, Choi Yong Sok, went on to accomplish historic feats at the Asian Games and Olympic Games.
Known as “Cambodia’s Golden Girl”, Seavmey, 21, became the country’s first-ever athlete to qualify outright for the Olympic Games after winning gold at the 2016 Asian Taekwondo Olympic Qualification Tournament. She is an Olympic Solidarity scholarship recipient and served as Cambodia’s flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
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