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Yoomin Won

Nordic Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW11.5

Further personal information

Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Korean
Higher education
Psychology - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: United States

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2017.
Why this sport?
He previously played wheelchair basketball but received an offer from the Korean Paralympic Committee who were looking to recruit Para skiers. "I received a call ahead of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. I had a dream I could wear the Korean jersey at the competition. I chose Nordic skiing from among the first offers of Para hockey and Nordic skiing. Wheelchair basketball was a group sport and I wanted to try an individual sport."
Club / Team
Changsung Engineering and Construction: Korea

General interest

Nicknames
Peter (Instagram profile, 27 Oct 2020)
Most influential person in career
Wheelchair basketball coach Mike Frogley. (Athlete, 20 Jul 2016)
Hero / Idol
Korean Para cross-country skier Sin Eui-Hyun. (segye.com, 24 May 2018)
Injuries
In 2020 he fractured his coccyx [tailbone]. (Instagram profile, 15 Feb 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"With ordinary talent and extraordinary perserverance, all things are attainable." (Instagram profile, 19 Oct 2021)
Other sports
He represented Canada in wheelchair basketball at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and has played the sport in the Korean Wheelchair Basketball League [KWBL]. He has also represented the Republic of Korea in Para biathlon. (edaily.co.kr, 03 Jan 2018; koreadaily.com, 19 Sep 2017; yonhapnews.co.kr, 10 Aug 2017; sports.chosun.com, 17 Sep 2019; jejuilbo.net,16 Feb 2020; SportsDeskOnline, 25 Nov 2020)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (Instagram profile, 27 Oct 2020; edaily.co.kr, 03 Jan 2018; segye.com, 24 May 2018)
Impairment
Both of his legs were amputated above the knee after he was involved in a car accident at age four. He also lost the little finger on his right hand. (news.tvchosun.com, 05 Sep 2017; yonhapnews.co.kr, 10 Aug 2017; Athlete, 20 Jul 2016)
Other information
TO CANADA AND BACK
He moved to Canada at age 12 and went on to represent Canada in wheelchair basketball at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. In 2017 he returned to the Republic of Korea and reinstated his Korean citizenship with a view to representing the nation at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. However, according to International Paralympic Committee [IPC] rules, Para athletes must wait three years to represent their new nation at international competitions. He was unable to compete at the 2018 Games, so he began focusing his attention on representing the Republic of Korea at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. "It was difficult because my first goal was to compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, which was the reason for choosing to represent the Republic of Korea. After about one day I got over the disappointment and continued training. The stage was changed from Pyeongchang to Beijing and we began building our dream for Beijing right away." (welfarenews.net, 15 Feb 2019; civicnews.com, 18 Jan 2018; news.tvchosun.com, 05 Sep 2017; yonhapnews.co.kr, 10 Aug 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Prince George 2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships (Prince George, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Sprint - Free Style Sitting Final 2019-02-18 9
Men's Sprint Sitting Final 2019-02-20 8
Men's Long Distance Sitting Final 2019-02-21 7
Men's Long Distance - Classic Sitting Final 2019-02-24 14