Yoo Kim '04 - Pole Vault


By Kristine Breese

Published Jul 1, 2008 8:00 AM

Competing for South Korea ~ 2nd Olympics

Yoo Kim knows firsthand how valuable the UCLA athletic experience can be for honing and challenging athletic skills. He set a Korean National Record for the pole vault in 2003, and then broke it as a Bruin at an NCAA meet the following year, "which only got me second," he recalls.

Today, he still holds the Korean record (18 feet/4.5 inches), some 2 inches higher than his 2003 mark, and credits the training and competition that came with college sports for making that possible.

Yoosuk Kim did not advance past the Aug. 20 qualifying round.