Kim Yeon Koung is a professional volleyball player from South Korea and the captain of the South Korean women’s international team. She is widely regarded as one of the best players in the world, with 35 domestic medals and over 40 individual awards, both club and international.
Table of Biography
Early life and childhood
Kim Yeon Koung was born on 26th February 1988, in Ansan, South Korea. As of now, she is 34 years old and she is a citizen of South Korea. Moreover, she has a zodiac sign of Pisces and she belongs to the Asian ethnicity. She is the daughter of Kim Dong-Gil (father) and Lee Keum-Ok (mother). In addition, she has a sister whose name is Kim Hye-Kyung. From a young age, Kim was fond of volleyball.
Talking about her academic career, she studied at the Hanil Women’s High School, and further about her studies is not known except that she is a graduate. Because she was under 170cm tall, she decided to leave volleyball and probably play soccer in middle school. Fortunately, she grew more than 20 cm and was able to play outside hitter during her three years at Hanil Women’s High School.
Kim was selected for the South Korean National Team in 2005 as a result of her excellent games and physical condition. She made her international debut as the third-best scorer at the World Grand Champions Cup. She was then selected by the Cheonan Heungkuk Life as the best option in the first round of the V-League draft, where she began her expert volleyball career.
Kim was a member of Heungkuk Life during her first professional season, and she won the Korean League. She won several awards, including the “New Face Award,” “Regular Season MVP,” “Final Championship MVP,” “Best Scorer,” and others. She also competed in the 2006 World Championship and 2006 Asian Games before fully recovering from surgery.
With the help of Kim, Heungkuk Life became the 2006-07 season’s defending champion. For two years, the team was first to spot in the regular season and consistently won the finals. She was named MVP for both the regular season and the championship, as well as the best captain.
In the 2007-08 regular season, she led her team to first place and received the MVP award. She became the primary female player in the Korean V-League in the 2008-09 season, scoring 2000 points and 2000 attack points.
Japanese V.Premier League (2009-2011)
Kim has signed a contract with JT Marvelous to play in the Japanese V.Premier League. After KOVO was founded in 2005, she became South Korea’s first expert volleyball player to play abroad. JT set records in 2009-2010 by winning 25 games while keeping her as the leading attacking player. Similarly, she was the best scorer in the regular season, scoring 696 points in total, making JT a regular-season winner.
In addition, she was essential for the National Team list during the 2010 Asian Cup in September, where he was the best scorer and spiker. She then competed in the 2010 World Championship, where her group finished in thirteenth place. She was equally enthusiastic about the Grand Prix, Asian Championship, and World Cup, and she was the top scorer and spiker at the 2011 Asian Championship.
Jos Roberto Guimares convinced Fenerbahce’s group president to sign Kim for the 2011-12 season. Despite her lack of recognition in Europe, Jose saw Kim as having the potential to become “probably the best player in the world.” Kim put on an outstanding performance in her first season in Europe, assisting Fenerbahce in winning the CEV Champions League for the first time. She gave one of the best and most incredible performances at the 2012 London Olympics. She demonstrated exceptional execution against the Netherlands during the 2016 Olympic World Qualification Tournament, helping Korea to win.
Chinese Super League & V.League
Kim moved to Shanghai after finishing her contract with Fenerbahce, where she had spent more than six seasons. She also led Shanghai to the top spot in the 2017-18 regular season, the first time the team had done so in 17 years. She returned to Turkey after a year in the Chinese League and signed a two-year contract with Eczacba. The team won the Turkish Cup and the Super Cup for the first time in seven years. She took over as Eczacba’s new captain for the 2019-20 season, replacing Jordan Larson. She signed a contract with Shanghai, China, in 2021, and she is currently playing for Shanghai.
Kim is a South Korean youth sports development club owner who is also involved with several charities. She has appeared in several South Korean reality TV shows and serials as a guest star.
Awards and Net Worth
Kim was recognized with Several recognitions and awards, including the ‘New Face Award,’ ‘Regular Season MVP,’ ‘Final Championship MVP,’ ‘Best Scorer,’ and others. She also has been nominated for the Battling Spirit Award and ‘Best 6’. She also received a silver medal, which was the first award at the 2010 Asian Games.
Talking about her net worth, her net worth estimates at around $1.9 million. Apart from this, there is not any information regarding her salary and income as of now. Kim has also made some investments and has several business ventures under her control.
As of now, she is single and unmarried. Moreover, she has not disclosed her personal information in public yet and focuses on her career. And Kim is not involved in controversy or rumors till now.
Body measurements and Social media
She has fair skin with a height of 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighs around 6 feet 7 inches. More than that, she has black hair with black eyes in color and she wears jersey number 10.
On her Instagram page, there are more than 1.7 million followers. Likewise, there are more than 13.9k followers and there are more than 204.6k followers on Twitter. Moreover, she has a Youtube channel whose name is ‘식빵언니 김연경 Bread Unnie’ where there are more than 1.33 million subscribers.