Former wrestling professor Kim Young-jun, ‘Uncle Pateru’, passes away – Seoul Newspaper VRESP

Won bronze medal at the 1970 Bangkok Games

▲ Youngjun Kim
Youngjun Kim

Kim Young-jun, a former professor at Kyonggi University’s Graduate School of Sports Science who was a famous TV wrestling match commentator nicknamed ‘Uncle Pateru’, passed away from a chronic illness at Ajou University Hospital in Suwon around 3:45 a.m. on the 15th, his family said. 76 years old.

The deceased was born in Buan, Jeollabuk-do in 1948 and graduated from the Department of Business Administration at Hanyang University. He started wrestling in high school, won a bronze medal at the 1970 Asian Games in Bangkok, and competed for the national team at the 1972 Munich Olympics and the 1974 Tehran Asian Games.

He served as the national wrestling team’s freestyle coach for two years starting in 1983. His wrestling commentary began in 1984, and his popularity soared at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics with comments such as “Ah, in times like this, I’ll give you a pateru.”

In 1997, he also worked in politics as a special advisor to Grand National Party presidential candidate Lee Hoi-chang. Since 1998, he has taught as an adjunct professor at the Department of Physical Education at Kyonggi University and as a professor at the Graduate School of Sports Science from 2001 to 2013. Since 2013, he has served as a director of the Yun Bong-gil Memorial Association.

The surviving family members include his wife, Bae Sook-hee, one son and one daughter, son Ji-hoon Kim (head of Kakao Entertainment’s business division), daughter So-won Kim (business), and daughter-in-law Noon-sil Jeong (executive director of strategic division at Hanwha Solutions). The funeral is held in room 15 of the funeral hall of Samsung Seoul Hospital, the funeral takes place at 7 a.m. on the 18th, and the burial site is Bundang Home. 02-3410-6915

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