These Olympic athletes competing in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games are some of the hottest K-Pop fans, here’s who their favorites are:
1. Russian figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva — EXO
Russian figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva has expressed her love for EXO on multiple occasions. She’s even done multiple dance covers of EXO’s songs.
2. South Korean speed skater Lee Yoobin — BTS
When South Korean short track speed skater Lee Yoobin was asked about how she manages stress, she said that she listens to BTS.
She even showed her ARMY pride by rocking this BTS merchandise at a press conference.
3. The Shib Sibs — BTS
— Alex Shibutani (@AlexShibutani) February 17, 2018
American ice dancers and siblings Alex Shibutani and Maia Shibutani are massive BTS fans. Alex Shibutani tweeted a picture of himself and his sister holding BTS hats. In an interview, the ARMY siblings said their favorite bop is “MIC Drop”.
4. South Korean speed skater Kim Do Kyoum — BTS
South Korean short track speed skater Kim Do Kyoum mentioned BTS in an interview when asked about his favorite K-Pop idol.
In fact, the whole South Korean short track team has recently been nicknamed the “Bingtan Boys” for their extreme talent on ice.
5. South Korean speed skater Lim Hyo Jun — BLACKPINK‘s Jennie & Red Velvet‘s Joy
South Korean short track speed skater Lim Hyo Jun is a big fan of BLACKPINK’s Jennie. On SBS Channel’s Hero’s Song Request, a prologue to the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games broadcast, he requested BLACKPINK’s “As If It’s Your Last”.
He also mentioned he wants to meet Red Velvet’s Joy because he saw her in real life once during a Running Man shoot at PyeongChang stadium. He said he’d love to see her again!
6. South Korean Curler Kim Kyeong Ae — Wanna One‘s Kang Daniel
In a recent interview, South Korean curler Kim Kyeong Ae said Wanna One’s Kang Daniel is the one celebrity she’d love to meet in real life.
This isn’t the first time her love for Kang Daniel was mentioned. During the curling games, a commentator shared, “Kim Kyeong Ae’s hobby is to look at Kang Daniel smile.” Wanna One fans all over the world chimed in and said they share her hobby!
7. South Korean Figure Skater You Young — BTS & TWICE
On Coca-Cola Korea’s Journey Carpool, South Korean figure skater You Young mentioned two of Korea’s hottest groups as her favorites: BTS and TWICE.
She said she has all the choreography down. It may be possible to see her do gala shows to some of BTS and TWICE’s hits!
8. South Korean Speed Skater Kim Min Seok — TWICE‘s Tzuyu
When asked to pick between IU and Yoo In Na, South Korean speed skater Kim Min Seok hesitated for a bit before he answered he’s a fan of TWICE’s Tzuyu. Kim Min Seok won bronze in the men’s 1500 meter speed skating event, becoming the first Asian athlete to win a medal.
9. Russian Figure Skater Alina Zagitova — EXO
In a recent interview, Russian figure skater Alina Zagitova said she’s into K-Pop and likes EXO.
“I’m an EXO fan too, but not as hardcore as Evgenia is. I like K-Pop too.”
– Alina Zagitova
10. American snowboarder Chloe Kim — CL
During her interview with ESPN, Team USA’s snowboarder Chloe Kim said, “I listen to CL before I compete.”
She added she listened to a lot of K-Pop growing up. Some of her favorites were Girls’ Generation, f(x), SHINee, and Super Junior.
CL even posted congratulations on her Instagram when Chloe Kim won gold medal.
11. South Korean speed skater Lee Sang Hwa & BIGBANG‘s G-Dragon
South Korean speed skater Lee Sang Hwa loves BIGBANG’s G-Dragon. In her recent interview, she mentioned that she’ll most likely be listening to his songs “Bullshit” and “Crooked”, which are her favorites.