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Jae Rim Yang of Korea

Jae Rim Yang

Alpine Skiing

Jae Rim Yang is one her country’s brightest medal hopes for her home Games at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in South Korea.

As the only female skier on her team at the Sochi 2014 Paralympics, Yang just missed out on the podium in giant slalom finishing fourth.

That agony seemed to galvanise Yang’s attitude in the following seasons, with several top three finishes at World and Europa Cups with various guides.

However the South Korean faces still competition. Emerging talents such as the British duo of Millie Knight and Menna Fitzpatrick have all been in excellent form.

Yang studies oriental painting at university and when she retires from sport she wishes to depict her sport in art. She was born prematurely and became partially sighted in her right eye whilst losing her sight completely in her left.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
B2
Guide
Ko Un So Ri

Further personal information

Residence
Seoul, KOR
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Korean
Higher education
Visual Arts - Ewha Womans University: Seoul, KOR

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began skiing at age five, and took up the sport seriously in 2011.
Why this sport?
Her mother wanted to find an activity she would enjoy, so she learned to ski and brought Yang along with her. She also took it up to help improve her sense of balance.
Club / Team
Korea Sports Promotion Foundation: Korea
Name of coach
Lee Ho Sung, KOR, from 2016

International debut

Year
2011
Competing for
Korea
Location
Landgraaf, NED

General interest

Hobbies
Drawing. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
Guide Ko Un So Ri. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Slovak Para alpine skier Henrieta Farkasova. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Injuries
She was out of action for 10 months after fracturing her right shinbone at the 2015/16 World Cup event in Tarvisio, Italy. (donga.com, 29 Oct 2016; news.chosun.com, 15 Oct 2016)

She suffered an injury ahead of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, and required three months of recovery. She returned to competition one week before the Games began. (news.joins.com, 09 Feb 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Do it until you make it." (Athlete, 20 Nov 2013)
Ambitions
To win multiple medals at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. After retiring from competitive Para alpine skiing she would like to become a painter and depict sports in her art. (yonhapnews.co.kr, 26 Oct 2017; news.chosun.com, 15 Oct 2016)
Impairment
She was born prematurely, and became partially vision impaired in her right eye while losing the sight in her left eye. (mediask.co.kr, 05 Oct 2016; yonhapnews.co.kr, 10 Feb 2015)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (La Molina, Spain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Slalom VI Race 1 2013-02-24 5
Women's Giant Slalom VI Race 1 2013-02-26 9999
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Slalom Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-12 9999
Women's Giant Slalom Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-16 4
2017 IPC Alpine skiing World Championships Tarvisio, ITA (Tarvisio, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Giant Slalom VI Race 1 2017-01-30 6
Women's Slalom VI Race 1 2017-01-31 5
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Super-G Visually Impaired Final 2018-03-11 9
Women's Super Combined Visually Impaired Final 2018-03-13 9999
Women's Giant Slalom Visually Impaired Final 2018-03-14 9
Women's Slalom Visually Impaired Final 2018-03-18 7