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a male Para snowboarder

Suhyeok Park

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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.”

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
SB-UL

Further personal information

Residence
Gwangju, KOR
Occupation
Student
Languages
Korean

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.
Club / Team
Korea National University of Welfare: Korea
Name of coach
Kim Sang-Yong [national], KOR

International debut

Year
2016
Competing for
Korea
Location
Copper Mountain, CO, USA

General interest

Hobbies
Watching football, painting flowers. (Instagram profile, 14 May 2020, 10 Oct 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing 11th in banked slalom at the 2017/18 World Cup event in New Zealand. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
Social welfare worker Lee Su-Kyung. (news.donga.com, 13 Mar 2018)
Other sports
He has competed in Para athletics at the National Students Para Games in the Republic of Korea. (news.donga.com, 13 Mar 2018; kyeongin.com, 12 Feb 2020)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (news.joins.com, 13 Mar 2018; Korea Paralympic Committee YouTube channel, 11 Feb 2020)
Impairment
His right arm was amputated at birth. (stnsports.co.kr, 18 Feb 2016)
Other information
ACROPHOBIA
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)

Results

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