May 4, 2015 / 5:59 AM / 3 years ago

American Vonn named Pyeongchang honorary ambassador

SEOUL (Reuters) - United States Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn has been named as an honorary ambassador for the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea’s Pyeongchang, organizers (POCOG) said on Monday.

Skier Lindsey Vonn arrives for the TIME 100 Gala in New York. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Vonn, an Olympic gold medalist at the 2010 Vancouver Games, becomes the first international honorary ambassador for Asia’s first Winter Games outside of Japan.

Local athletes undertaking the role include Olympic figure skating gold medalist Kim Yuna, Major League Baseball player Choo Shin-soo and speed skater Lee Kyou-hyuk.

Vonn, who on Sunday announced the break-up of her relationship with Tiger Woods, was scheduled to appear at a ceremony in Seoul on Wednesday to mark her appointment, POCOG said.

Reporting by Peter Rutherford; Editing by John O'Brien

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