AlsoMin and Koleto started training with Igor Shpilband in Novi, Mich., this week. They hope to compete at the Korean championships in November if all goes well. Korea hasn't had a senior dance team since 2006.
Min, who has dual U.S. and Korean citizenship, has been searching for a dance partner for a couple of years. Her parents are from Korea; her older sister was born there, although Min herself was born in the U.S. Prior to moving to Michigan last year to pursue dance, she trained in Lake Arrowhead, Calif., with Rafael Arutunian.
"The Korean federation said if I found a partner, I could compete for Korea," she told us in a Skype video chat.
Koleto, who has been competing in singles with Tom Zakrajsek and Becky Calvin, finished sixth as a junior at the 2012 U.S. Championships. He said he had tested up to pre-bronze in dance previously, although he has never competed as a dancer.
For now, the team's goal is to compete at the 2015 Four Continents Championships in Seoul. And, of course, they hope to make it to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang.
"It would be cool to be well-prepared for Four Continents in Seoul," Koleto said. "We would like to be ready to show ourselves internationally there."
Anyone know what Korea's policy on citizenship is? We all know that Japan's is quite strict, but is Korea's? Also the prospect of TWO ice dance teams from Korea is quite interesting, though only one pair will be able to go unless Rebeka Kim and Kirill Minov progress quickly enough to get two spots before 2018, which is a tall order given the strength of the U.S., Russian and Canadian Ice Dance programs and the rise of teams such as Papadakis / Cizeron.