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Sang Min Han

Alpine Skiing
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Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW12-1

Further personal information

Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Korean
Higher education
Physical Education - Korea National Sport University: Seoul, KOR

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 1997 at Yongpyong Resort in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea.
Why this sport?
His physical education teacher suggested the sport to him, so he participated in a ski camp organised by the Korean Paralympic Committee.
Club / Team
Gyeonggi Province Para Ski Association: Korea
Name of coach
Lee Ho-Sung [national], KOR

International debut

Year
2001
Competing for
Korea

General interest

Hobbies
Playing board games, listening to music. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal in the LW12 giant slalom event at the 2002 Paralympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
Coaches Kim Nam-Jae, Eo Hyung-Woo and Eo Geun-Woo. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Korean ballerina Kang Sue-Jin. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Injuries
He missed the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi because of a shoulder injury. (ytn.co.kr, 10 Feb 2015)
Awards and honours
He was named Best Para Athlete at the 2012 National Para Games in the Republic of Korea. (mooye.net, 05 Mar 2012)
Other sports
He won a gold medal in wheelchair basketball at the 2014 Asian Para Games in Incheon, Republic of Korea. (SportsDeskOnline, 24 Oct 2014)
Milestones
In 2002 he became the first athlete representing the Republic of Korea to win a medal in alpine skiing at the Paralympic Winter Games when he took silver in the LW12 giant slalom event in Salt Lake City. (paralympic.org, 25 Oct 2016; SportsDeskOnline, 16 Mar 2002)
Impairment
His impairment is a result of the effects of polio. He contracted the illness at age one. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018; yonhapnews.co.kr, 16 Feb 2016)
Other information
FURTHER EDUCATION
He began studying management at Konkuk University in Seoul, Republic of Korea, but was forced to stop due to financial difficulties. He then took up a jewellery qualification at a local college in the Republic of Korea. (chosun.com, 01 Mar 2012)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Salt Lake City 2002 Paralympic Winter Games (Salt Lake City, United States of America)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Slalom LW12 Final Round 7
Men's Downhill LW12 Final Round 12
Men's Super-G LW12 Final Round 7
Men's Giant Slalom LW12 Final Round 2
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Sitting Final Round 9999
Men's Super-G Sitting Final Round 15
Men's Super Combined Sitting Final Round 8
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final Round 9999
Men's Slalom Sitting Final Round 11
Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games (Torino, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Slalom Sitting Final Round 24
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final Round 9999
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (Kangwonland, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final 2009-02-21 5
Men's Super-G Sitting Final 2009-02-23 13
Men's Super-Combined Sitting Final 2009-02-23 13
Men's Super-G Sitting Run 2 2009-02-24 19
Men's Downhill Sitting Final 2009-02-28 17
2011 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (Sestriere, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Sitting Final 2011-01-16 10
Men's Super-G Sitting Final 2011-01-18 10
Men's Super-Combined Sitting Final 2011-01-19 8
Men's Slalom Sitting Final 2011-01-20 9
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final 2011-01-21 8
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Sitting Final 2018-03-10 12
Men's Super-G Sitting Final 2018-03-11 15
Men's Super Combined Sitting Final 2018-03-13 11
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final 2018-03-14 11
Men's Slalom Sitting Final 2018-03-17 9999