|2nd Vice Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism|
20 December 2019 – 23 December 2020
|Prime Minister||Lee Nak-yeon|
|Preceded by||Noh Tae-gang|
|Succeeded by||Kim Jung-bae|
|Born||1 September 1967|
|Alma mater||Yonsei University|
|Born||1 September 1967|
|Revised Romanization||Choe Yunhui|
Choi Yun-hui (Korean: 최윤희; Hanja: 崔允喜; born 1 September 1967) is a South Korean swimmer served as the 2nd Vice Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism under President Moon Jae-in from 2019 to 2020. She is the first woman and second professional sports player to become deputy head of the Ministry or its preceding agencies. She completed in two events at the 1984 Summer Olympics.
Choi is the younger sister of Choi Yun-jung,[a] who also competed internationally for South Korea in swimming. The two were nicknamed the "Seal Sisters", and were noted for frequently both breaking national backstroke records at the same time. Choi began learning to swim while in kindergarten through lessons at the YMCA. Both sisters attended Seoul National University Middle School,[b] and represented their school in swimming at the national level. Following the 1984 Olympics, she won gold in the 100 m and 200 m backstroke at the 1986 Asian Games.
In 1987, she became the first South Korean model for the Japanese sports drink brand Pocari Sweat. In 2017, she was named the first ever woman to become board member of the Korean Sport & Olympic Committee.
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- 「물개 자매」또 한국신 [New national record again for 'Seal Sisters']. JoongAng Ilbo. 30 August 1982. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
- 쌍두마차로 成長한「물개姉妹」崔允庭,崔允喜 자매 [Raised on a two-horse carriage: the 'Seal Sisters', Choi Yun-jung and Choi Yun-hui]. Kyunghyang Shinmun. 14 April 1982. p. 8. Retrieved 5 December 2017 – via Naver News.
- "전국수영폐막 韓國新8·大會新百46" [End of National Swimming Championships; eight new national records, 146 new competition records]. The Dong-A Ilbo. 22 July 1980. p. 8. Retrieved 5 December 2017 – via Naver News.
- 제10회 아시아드 崔允喜수영첫金 [Choi Yun-hui wins first gold at 10th Asiad]. Maeil Business Newspaper. 24 September 1986. p. 1. Retrieved 5 December 2017 – via Naver News.
- "[파워브랜드] 동아오츠카 '포카리스웨트'" [(Power Brand) Asia Otsuka's 'Pocari Sweat']. Seoul Finance. 1 December 2017. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
- '亞 인어' 최윤희 전 수영 국가대표, 대한체육회 이사 선임 ['Mermaid of Asia' Choi Yun-hui, former national swimming champion, takes office as board member of Korean Sport & Olympic Committee]. STN Sports. 3 April 2017. Retrieved 5 December 2017.