Suhyeok Park competed at his home Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, and the teenager gave the crowd someone to cheer for ahead of Beijing 2022.
Park first picked up the sport in 2015. He was only 15 years old in his first competition at the 2016 US Nationals in Copper, where he finished sixth in both the men's snowboard-cross and banked slalom SB-UL.
The South Korean’s goal in 2016-17 was to acquire points for his home Games. He competed in the Europa Cup and World Cup both in Landgraaf, Netherlands, where he took on the banked slalom.
Park was introduced to the sport thanks to a social welfare worker from a rehabilitation centre he met while doing track and field, saying “the more I snowboard, I beat fear and it is enjoyable.”
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Sport specific information
He had acrophobia [fear of heights] when he first took up the sport. He was afraid to ride in a ski lift and also to do big jumps. However, he overcame his fear through repetitive training sessions. "Although I was afraid, my passion for the sport was bigger than acrophobia. The more I mastered techniques one by one, the more I had faith that I would not get injured." (news.donga.com, 13 Mar 2018; news.joins.com, 13 Mar 2018; stnsports.co.kr, 03 Mar 2018)
|Men's Snowboard Cross SB-UL||Final||2018-03-12||22|
|Men's Banked Slalom SB-UL||Final||2018-03-16||22|