Five things to know: South Korea's sledge hockey team

South Korea have had a roller-coaster ride in this Paralympic cycle, finishing in second and seventh at the last two World Championships. 24 Jan 2014
South Korea's ice sledge hockey team

South Korea's ice sledge hockey team huddles up with their coaches during a timeout at the IPC Ice Sledge Hockey Qualification Tornament in Torino, Italy.

ⒸLuc Percival

South Korea head into the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games having won October's IPC Ice Sledge Hockey Qualification Tournament.

1. South Korea’s Seung-Hwan Jung, an IPC One to Watch for Sochi 2014 is arguably the fastest sledge hockey player in the world. He was named Best Forward at October’s IPC Ice Sledge Hockey Qualification Tournament after racking up eight goals, four assists and a shot percentage of 38 per cent.

2. The South Koreans made their sledge hockey Paralympic debut at the Vancouver 2010 Games, where they finished in sixth place out of eight teams.

3. In April 2013, South Korea became the first Asian country to host a World Championships A-Pool in the sport. As the host nation, they finished in seventh place on their home ice in Goyang.

4. At the 2012 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships A-Pool, South Korea picked up their first international medal, shocking the field by winning silver.

5. Ik-Hwan Kim recently took over the head coaching duties for South Korea in 2013 and will lead the team from the sidelines for the first time at a Paralympics in Sochi.