Gil Young-ah
Personal information
CountrySouth Korea
Born (1970-04-11) 11 April 1970 (age 52)
Ansan, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGil Yeong-a
McCune–ReischauerKil Yŏng-a

Gil Young-ah (born April 11, 1970 in Ansan, Gyeonggi-do) is a former female badminton player from South Korea.[1]

At the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, she won the bronze medal in the women's doubles together with Shim Eun-jung.

Four years later, at the Atlanta Olympics, she won the gold medal in the mixed doubles together with Kim Dong-moon and the silver medal in the women's doubles together with Jang Hye-ock.

Gil retired from badminton after the 1996 Olympics and became an assistant coach of the Samsung Electro-Mechanics badminton team.[2] In 2011, Gil became the first woman to be appointed head coach of a professional team in Korea. She was made Head Coach of the Samsung Electromechanics Women's Badminton Team.[3] When Kim Moon-soo vacated his post as head of the men's team in late 2015, Gil was made Head Coach of the combined team.[4]

Gil has two children who are active elite badminton players. Her son Kim Won-ho is on the national team and her daughter Kim Ah-young plays for an elite high school team in Gyeonggi-do.[3]


  1. ^ "Gil Young Ah". Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  2. ^ "Samsung Electro-mechanics Badminton Team Coaching Staff". Samsung Electro-mechanics. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  3. ^ a b Lee, Jun-seong (13 March 2011). "Samsung Electro-mechanics - Kwun Seung-taek hired as Head Coach, Gil Young-ah as women's team Head Coach". Segye Ilbo. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  4. ^ Kim, Jong-seok (28 October 2015). "Shuttlecock 'doubles queen' Head Coach Gil Young-ah first woman to lead a men's team". Donga Ilbo. Retrieved 5 November 2017.