The background of ‘Volleyball Empress’ Kim Yeon-kyung (35, Heungkuk Life Insurance) returning to the V-League this season was the desire to end her active life on the domestic stage.
When he briefly returned to Heungkuk Life Insurance in the 2020-2021 season, he drew a blueprint to solve the limit that he could not win and prepare for the second life he will lead after retirement.
Kim Yeon-kyung also said on her YouTube in July of last year, “I don’t think the time to retire is near.” “Three years ago, it was so difficult that I thought of going to broadcasting or something else, but (now) even if I retire, I’m working on volleyball and there are things that can help.” I want to do it,” he confessed.
He said, “Based on my experience, I hope to be of help to many young people.”
Although he does not know when he will retire, he has expressed his desire to play a farewell match in front of domestic fans and after that, contribute to Korean volleyball in a position other than the court.
About 7 months after that, Kim Yeon-kyung’s ‘retirement worries’ deepened.
Heungkuk Life Insurance accumulated 63 points (21 wins, 7 losses) with the victory over Pepper Savings Bank on the 15th, surpassing Hyundai Engineering & Construction (61 points, 21 wins, 7 losses) in 106 days to rise to the top of the league.
Kim Yeon-kyung, who has led the team this season, also led the team to victory with the most points (19 points) and the highest attack success rate (63.33%).
Ironically, it seems that the thought of ‘should I leave while receiving applause’ reared its head when the team that ranked 6th last season was able to aim for the championship. 메이저사이트
Also, if you win, you may have felt pressured to remain at your best or even better next season.
It is interpreted in the same context that Kim Yeon-kyung confessed after the game, “I thought it would be good to put down my seat when I was in the highest position.”
At the time, while the reporters were asking questions, he said, ‘You don’t have to answer’ considering the sensitive content, but he revealed his honest feelings without filtering. This is a point where you can gauge the depth of your worries.
Now, Kim Yeon-kyung is expected to come to a conclusion while contemplating which path she can contribute more to Korean volleyball, either on or off the court.
Inside and outside the volleyball world, there are observations that if he retires, he can walk the path of a national team leader or challenge the International Olympic Committee (IOC) member.