Music playlists of Tokyo Olympics stars unveiled online

Jun Woong-tae (top) and Kang Yu-jeong at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (Melon)

A week has passed since the closing of the Tokyo Games, with Paris signaling to resume the Olympic legacy, but the enduring spirit of the athletes still remains in the hearts of many.

To match fans who still cherish the excitement and joy of the Olympics, the country’s popular online music platform Melon released a series of Tokyo Olympics heroes playlists on Friday.

The playlist of Jun Woong-tae, who won bronze for the first time as a South Korean modern pentathlon athlete at the Tokyo Games, as well as Kang Yu-jeong, a South Korean judoka who touched the hearts of Olympic fans by showing the “never give up” spirit to participate in the competition, came to the fore.

Jun’s playlist consists of songs he listened to during interval training sessions. These include singers Changmo, the Quiett, Zico and Dynamic Duo, as a big fan of South Korean hip-hop and rap.

Kang, on the other hand, shows off his fashionable musical tastes with tracks from recent tvN drama “Hospital Playlist” and songs from MSG Wannabe, an all-male project group from MBC’s “Hangout With Yoo.” Much of Kang’s playlist has coincided with that of recent popular music charts on streaming services.

In addition to Jun and Kang, Melon also revealed the playlists of short track speed skater Shim Suk-hee, who won three medals at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, snowboarder Lee Sang-ho who won silver at the 2018 Winter Olympics here in PyeongChang. Also included are speed skater Park Do-yeong and snowboarders Lee Min-sik and Choi Bo-gun.

“We planned the content series to give our Melon users time to share, enjoy and connect through celebrity playlists that spread positive energy,” Melon told multiple outlets.

Melon’s release of Olympic Heroes Playlists is made in collaboration with Golden Brothers, a community centered around Korean national team athletes, and consists of active members in the arts and fashion industries, such as musicians and DJs.

By Kim Hae-yeon (

George L. Hernandez