Team Sanofi Athlete

Sport: Gymnastics
Age: 25 years old
Nationality: USA

Cause: Advocating for equality and diversity.

Luciana Giangrande, Global Cardiovascular Medical Head at Sanofi

Bronze medalist Yul is a South Korean-born American artistic gymnast with the ambition to go for gold at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. His vision is to elevate Gymnastics as a top sport for men in the US and the world by breaking biases around men in the sport. Yul also dedicates his platform to fighting discrimination against the Asian community.

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Yul moved to the US when he was adopted by his parents Peter and Orsa at the age of 1. When he turned 7, he joined a local gym offering a free tryout, and later joined 5280 Gymnastics when he was 10, where he was coached by the Artemev family leading him to win state and regional meets and eventually a spot on the Junior National Team for the first time at nine years old. 

In 2018, USA Gymnastics named him the 2018 Male Athlete of the Year, and in 2019, he was presented with the Nissen Emery Award, an annual prize given to the top male gymnast in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. 

“My mission as a person is to make sure that I am a better human than yesterday and to spread joy to everyone no matter their background. I believe that we are all humans and deserve to be treated with love no matter what”, states Yul. He wants to use success as an athlete to give the sport a new kind of popularity and show what men can do in Gymnastics. He also uses his platform to fight Asian hate and become a role model to young Asian children in his community to reach their potential in sports and life. 

WORLD TRACK RECORD

  • 2017 U.S. national all-around champion.
  • 2017 World bronze medalist in floor exercise.
  • He represented the United States at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.
  • 10-time NCAA Championship gold medalist.
  • Won 4 golds at the Pan American Championships in 2022.

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