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Seung-Hwan Jung

Seung Hwan Jung

Para Ice Hockey
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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.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Family
Wife Jenny
Residence
Chuncheon, KOR
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Korean

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2004 at Tancheon Sports Complex in the Republic of Korea.
Why this sport?
He was encouraged to take up the sport by Korean Para ice hockey players Lee Jong-Kyung and Jang Jong-Ho.
Club / Team
Gangwon Provincial Office: Korea
Name of coach
Seo Kwang-Suk [club], KOR; Park Hyun-Wook [national], KOR
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Forward

International debut

Year
2005
Competing for
Korea
Location
Turin, ITA

General interest

Nicknames
Rocket Man, Messi on Ice (sports.naver.com, 01 Mar 2019; news.donga.com, 05 Jan 2018; Athlete, 28 Jan 2015)
Hobbies
Watching English football. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning medals in Para ice hockey at the world championships A-Pool in 2012 and 2017. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
His first coach. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Injuries
He fractured his ribs during a match against the United States of America at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. He was unable to train for one month. (Athlete, 28 Jan 2015)

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)
Awards and honours
He was named Best Forward at both the 2013 Paralympic Qualification Tournament in Turin, Italy, and the 2015 World Championships B-Pool in Ostersund, Sweden. (paralympic.org, 22 Mar 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)
Other sports
He has also competed in Para athletics at national level in the Republic of Korea. (SportsDeskOnline, 18 Jan 2018; kado.net, 19 Sep 2017)
Impairment
His left leg was amputated at age five following an accident. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018; paralympic.org, 01 Mar 2015)
Other information
RETIREMENT AND RETURN
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)

PYEONGCHANG LEGACY
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)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Group A 1
Mixed Group A 4
Mixed Group A 6
Mixed Classification 5-8 202
Mixed Classification 5-6 101
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Group B 2014-03-08 2
Mixed Group B 2014-03-09 3
Mixed Group B 2014-03-11 5
Mixed Group B - Standings 2014-03-11 4
Mixed Classification 5-6 2014-03-12 202
Mixed Classification 7-8 2014-03-14 102
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Tournament Group B 2018-03-10 1
Mixed Tournament Group B 2018-03-11 3
Mixed Tournament Group B 2018-03-13 5
Mixed Tournament Group B - Standings 2018-03-13 2
Mixed Tournament Semifinal 2018-03-15 1
Mixed Tournament Bronze Medal Match 2018-03-17 1