Ahn Hyun-Soo won three gold medals in the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics on the short track, a discipline dominated by South Korea. Ahn became a national hero but his stardom would prove to be short-lived. Injuries sidelined him and cost him a spot on the South Korean team for the 2010 Games in Vancouver.
Ahn felt his country – or at least the South Korean short-track speed skating federation – had turned its back on him during his time of misfortune. He was no longer wanted even after he fully recovered from his injuries. South Korea simply had too many world-class skaters to make room for an old Olympic hero.
Not willing to end his career just yet, Ahn shopped his services around. Eventually, with the help of his father, he settled on Russia, which has never won a single short-track medal but was seeking to become a contender in the sport as it geared up to host the Sochi Games.
Shin’s buddies would eventually sell Invite Media to Google for $81 million, but Shin had left the company long before that happened. His parents, who had come all the way from Korea precisely so their son could grow up to work at a place like McKinsey, were not about to see Daniel throw the opportunity away for a money-losing start-up no one had ever heard of. “That was the only reason I was at McKinsey,” says Shin. “It didn’t feel like a career to me. I’d always wanted to start a business.”
By late 2009, Shin was through with consulting, but he didn’t have the guts to strike out on his own just yet. He applied for, and was offered, a job in the New York City office of Apax Partners, a European private equity firm. He accepted the offer on the condition that he could delay his start date until the following August, so he could complete the two-year stint he had promised McKinsey. It was a lie; he walked out on McKinsey in November. “It was my chance to get something off the ground without my parents telling me I couldn’t do it,” says Shin. “I had about six months.”
It’s a McDeal.
A group of Korean senior citizens and the manager of a McDonald’s in Flushing have reached a detente over use of the scarce seating area in the fast food restaurant.
Management has agreed to ease the 20-minute seating limit during off-peak hours and post signs stating the policy in Korean and Mandarin.
In turn, the seniors will give up their seats during the busy hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. if other diners are looking for a spot to sit.
The mother of Kenneth Bae, a US citizen jailed in North Korea, said Tuesday she was “more anxious than ever” to secure her son’s release after visiting him in prison.
Myunghee Bae said she had been able to see her son three times during her five-day stay in North Korea and was “relieved” to see that his health had improved in the past two months.
Bae was earlier reported to be suffering serious health problems and to have lost more than 50 pounds (23 kilogrammes) since being jailed nearly a year ago.
Despite the improvement, Bae’s mother said she was increasingly desperate for her son to return home.