Seung Hwan Jung
South Korea’s Seung-Hwan Jung is easily one of the stars in Para ice hockey on one of the sport’s most-improved teams.
After having lost his right leg in an accident at the age of five, Jung started playing ice hockey in 2004. He made his international debut at the 2008 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships in Marlbourough, USA, and two years later made his Paralympic debut in Vancouver, Canada.
He has quickly become known by players, coaches, fans and media for his speed – and most of his opponents would argue he is the fastest player in the world on ice.
Jung said that because he’s quite smaller compared to his opponents, what he lacks in size he tries to make up for in speed.
His biggest achievements to date have been leading South Korea to a surprising silver-medal finish at the 2012 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships A-Pool in Hamar, Norway, and gold at the 2013 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey Qualification Tournament in Torino, Italy.
In Torino, he was named Best Forward after racking up eight goals and four assists, and a shot percentage of 38 per cent.
Perhaps most notably, Jung was part of the bronze medal-winning South Korean side that finished on the podium at their home World Championships just one year before the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. He was his team's leading scorer with six goals, netting the winning goal against Norway in the bronze medal match.
Jung was also South Korea’s leading scorer in their seventh-place finish at the 2013 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships A-Pool on their home ice in Goyang.
Jung was named Best Forward of the 2015 World Championships B-Pool, leading all players with 13 goals, 9 assists and 22 points and ensuring his team were promoted back to the A-Pool for the crucial pre-Paralympic season.
Further personal information
Sport specific information
He broke several fingers during a training session ahead of the 2012 World Championships A-Pool. He was unable to train for two months but recovered in time to compete at the tournament. (Athlete, 28 Jan 2015)
He was flag bearer for the Republic of Korea at the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (paralympic.org, 16 Mar 2014; sportsq.co.kr, 12 Feb 2014)
He received an Excellent Para Athlete Award at the 2010 Athletics Awards Ceremony in the Republic of Korea. (newsen.com, 31 Mar 2010)
He announced his retirement from Para ice hockey after the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang in order to compete in Para cross-country skiing at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. However he decided to return to Para ice hockey in October, 2018. "Cross-country skiing is totally different even though it is also a Paralympic sport. My arm strength helped me a lot but after trying a few months of skiing I realised that I enjoyed it the most when I was on ice, so I decided to go back [to Para ice hockey] as soon as I could." (kyongbuk.co.kr, 30 Aug 2018; sports.chosun.com, 28 May 2018; paralympic.org, 09 Mar 2019; news.mk.co.kr, 30 Oct 2018)
He hopes the legacy of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang will help improve the profile of Para ice hockey in Republic of Korea. "Some people became big fans of our hockey team after the Pyeongchang Games. Now more people want to see our games but we don't really have an annual competition in Korea. That's the saddest part. If we had better infrastructure to hold international games in Korea, that would be awesome. This is our new beginning. We have to build up new relationships, teamwork and so on. I'm hoping for some new players by Beijing 2022 and I'm hoping to get more fans, more interest and more support to create a better sports environment here." (paralympic.org, 09 Mar 2019)
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