Lydia Ko will not stay in the Rio Olympic Village. The world number 1 in women’s golf will play in her first Olympics for New Zealand.
According to Tony Jimenez of Stuff, Lydia told the Reuters that she would not stay in the Olympic village so that she can keep her similar routines in those type of events.
But this does not mean that she would not socialize with her fellow athletes.
“I’d love to stay in the village and get to meet other New Zealand athletes”, Ko added.
Stuff reported that Lydia would stay at a hotel with her family, coach and New Zealand golf officials.
The two-time LPGA major winner added that her routines involve cooking and staying with her sisters. This is her lifestyle while also training afterward.
She really does not want to change her routines the same way as her current success in the LPGA tournaments says.
Ko’s agent, Michael Yim, also told the Reuters that the 19-year-old wants to stay with her family. This is because staying in the Olympic village would mean that Lydia should be alone as the other athletes are.
Lydia seems to be a family-oriented type of person who is more motivated to play when her family is with her. This also keeps her going in the process.
The New Zealand native is actually a South Korean who was born in Seoul. Ko lived her entire life in New Zealand. She became a citizen of the country when she reached the age of 12. Lydia started her golfing career at the age of five when her mother brought her into a pro shop at the Pupuke Golf Club.
In 2012, Lydia became the youngest person to ever win a professional golf tour event by winning the Samsung Women’s NSW Open on the ALPG Tour.
Ko’s biggest success came when she landed at the number one spot in Women’s golf in December of last year.
She currently has a total of 19 professional wins.
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