a male Para snowboarder

Suhyeok Park


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.”


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Gwangju, KOR

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried the sport in 2015 at Woongjin Playdoci Snowdoci in Bucheon, Republic of Korea.
Why this sport?
A social welfare worker from his rehabilitation centre encouraged him to take up the sport.
Name of coach
Shin Myung-Soo [national], KOR

International debut

Competing for
Copper Mountain, CO, USA

General interest

Watching football, playing video games. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
Coach Noh Sung-Gyun. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
During his career he has sustained a wrist fracture, which required three months of recovery. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Go for it." (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Other sports
He has competed in Para athletics at the National Students Para Games in the Republic of Korea. (, 13 Mar 2018;, 12 Feb 2020)
To win a medal at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (, 13 Mar 2018; Korea Paralympic Committee YouTube channel, 11 Feb 2020)
His right arm was amputated at birth. (, 18 Feb 2016)
Other 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." (, 13 Mar 2018;, 13 Mar 2018;, 03 Mar 2018)


Unit Date Rank
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Snowboard Cross SB-UL Final 2018-03-12 22
Men's Banked Slalom SB-UL Final 2018-03-16 22