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Korean-American dancer to represent Team USA in ‘Breaking’ at 2024 Olympics

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A graphic of Sunny Choi for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month  [Courtesy of TEAM USA]
A Korean-American woman will represent Team USA in ‘Breaking’ at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

Sunny Choi is the reigning U.S. champion, having won last year’s Red Bull BC One U.S. Finals, the world’s premier one-on-one breaking battle competition. She also reached the semifinals of the Red Bull BC One World Finals.

In the same year, she won a silver medal at the World Games in Alabama, showcasing her exceptional dancing skills.

Choi, who has been dancing for 15 years, initially competed in gymnastics as a teenager, but had to give it up after sustaining an injury.

It was during her time at the University of Pennsylvania that she stumbled upon breaking and became completely fascinated by it.

Despite now being one of the top dancers in the country, Choi admitted that she never imagined breaking would lead her to the Olympic stage.

“When they announced the Olympics, it took me quite some time, actually, to make up my mind and decide that I was going to pursue that route, and even longer to quit my job,” Choi shared. “It was in January of this year when I finally made the decision to go all in.”

Choi also hopes to demonstrate that breaking is an inclusive community to be a part of. Originating from Black American culture in the 1980s, breaking is a diverse sport that welcomes anyone to participate.

“And I think it’s very unique in that aspect because breaking has no barriers to entry, really. You don’t need money to start dancing.”

By SUAH JANG[support@koreadaily.com]