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Hongbin Kim

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Family
Wife Bang Young-Eun
Residence
Gwangju, KOR
Languages
Korean

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began the sport in 1992.
Why this sport?
He took up the sport in order to get involved in alpine climbing.

General interest

Other sports
He has competed in Para cycling at national level. (joongboo.com, 18 Feb 2016; kimhongbin.com, 24 Nov 2020)
Impairment
All of his fingers were amputated after suffering from frostbite following an accident in Alaska in 1991. (ohmynews.com, 27 Jun 2000)
Other information
SOCIAL CONTRIBUTION
He founded the community organisation 'Creating Hope with Kim Hong Bin'. The organisation supports outdoor activities including mountain climbing and camping for children with impairments in the Republic of Korea. (kimhongbin.com, 24 Nov 2020)

MOUNTAINEER
He is a mountaineer. He became the first Korean Para mountaineer to reach the summit of Mount Everest [8850m], which he achieved in 2007. (kimhongbin.com, 24 Nov 2020; news.donga.com, 10 Jul 2007; cafe.daum.net, 08 Apr 2017)

FURTHER EDUCATION
He studied at Graduate School of Business Chonnam National University in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. (naver.com, 04 Dec 2018)

RETURN TO SKIING
He represented Republic of Korea from 1999 until 2006 before focusing on mountain climbing from 2006 onwards. He returned to the Para alpine skiing in 2012. (outdoornews.co.kr, 13 Feb 2017; cafe.daum.net, 08 Apr 2017)