Taekwondo’s Sorn Seavmey Featured in Olympic Channel’s Cambodia’s Search for Glory


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MADRID – Prepare to be inspired with the Olympic Channel animated special Cambodia’s Search for Glory which features Sorn Seavmey as she tries to win her country’s first-ever Olympic medal in Taekwondo. Through a mix of archival and live footage combined with colourful animation, the half-hour special tells the story of Sorn Seavmey from working at a garment factory with her mother to creating Olympic history for Cambodia. Her story has become a national source of pride and is changing the perception of sports and women in Cambodia.

The Olympic Channel is a free digital platform where fans can experience the power of sport and the excitement of the Olympic Games all year round, and is available worldwide via mobile apps for Android and iOS devices and at olympicchannel.com.

Known as “Cambodia’s Golden Girl”, Seavmey, 21, became the country’s first-ever athlete to qualify outright for the Olympic Games after winning gold at the 2016 Asian Taekwondo Olympic Qualification Tournament. She is an Olympic scholarship recipient and served as Cambodia’s flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Seavmey, whose father died when she was a child, was raised by her mother who, like most Cambodian women, worked at a garment factory where Seavmey also took a job. She then found her talent in Taekwondo and under the tutelage of Korean taekwondo master, Choi Yong Sok, went on to accomplish historic feats at the Asian Games and Olympic Games.

Cambodia’s Search for Glory is an Olympic Channel original production, and was produced in association with ithinkAsia.

Olympic Channel original programming showcases both short form and long form content focusing on elite athletes and their quest for success as part of the channel’s overall mission to reach younger generations and fans through content that strengthens their connection to the Olympic Movement outside of the Games themselves. The scope of the Olympic Channel’s original programming covers a diverse array of subjects including training, educational and youth-oriented topics, sustainability, sports science and nutrition, healthy and active lifestyles, historical footage and official films from the IOC’s archives.

ithinkasia is a production, post-production and animation company started in Australia in 2003. ithinkasia opened in Phnom Penh in 2010 and continued operating in both Australia and Phnom Penh until the Cambodian studio took over all operations and international client services. ithinkasia is committed to seeing growth in the animation industry and for Cambodia to be recognised as a hub for 2D & 3D animation services. The new chapter of the studio in Cambodia is dedicated to impacting Cambodia’s creative output, talent base, and economy while maintaining the highest international level of quality. An internal training program has run successfully since the company’s inception, remaining true to the social enterprise foundations of the business.

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The Olympic Channel is a new, multi-platform digital experience where fans can discover, engage and share in the power of sport and the excitement of the Olympic Games all year round. A free platform offering original programming, news, live sports events and highlights, the Olympic Channel provides additional exposure for sports and athletes 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Olympic Channel was launched in August 2016 in support of the IOC’s goal, set out in Olympic Agenda 2020, of providing a new way to engage younger generations, fans and new audiences with the Olympic Movement. Founding Partners supporting the Olympic Channel are Worldwide TOP Partners Bridgestone and Toyota. The Olympic Channel is available worldwide via mobile apps for Android and iOS devices and at olympicchannel.com.