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Young Jae Cho

Para Ice Hockey


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Chuncheon, KOR
Higher education
Civil Engineering - Hallym Polytechnic University: Chuncheon, KOR

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2006 at the Gangwon Provincial Office club in the Republic of Korea.
Why this sport?
He was encouraged to take up the sport by Para ice hockey player Yu Man-Gyun and coach Lee Young-Kook.
Club / Team
Gangwon Provincial Office: Chuncheon, KOR
Name of coach
Kim Jung-Ho [club], KOR; Han Min-Su [national], KOR
Preferred position / style / stance / technique

International debut

Competing for
World Championships
Marlborough, MA, USA

General interest

Golf, ice fishing. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Beating the Czech Republic during the group phase and then going on to win bronze at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
Coach Park Gea-Jun. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Canadian Para ice hockey player Adam Dixon. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
He was troubled by back pain after colliding with the boards at the 2019 Canadian Tire Para Hockey Cup. Since then he has had problems with a herniated lumbar disc. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)

He sustained shoulder injuries in 2012. (, 14 Mar 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't give up." (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Awards and honours
He was given the Outstanding Athlete award at the 2012 Gangwon-do Para Sports Awards in the Republic of Korea. (, 22 Nov 2012)
Other sports
He has competed in wheelchair basketball, wheelchair fencing, and wheelchair rugby at national level in the Republic of Korea. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022;, 04 Nov 2014;, 06 Apr 2013;, 01 Mar 2006)
He has an impairment to both calf muscles as the result of a medical accident when he had surgery on a tumour. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018; Vancouver, 21 Mar 2010)
Other information
He has served as secretary general of the Gangwon Province Para Ice Hockey Association in the Republic of Korea. (, 15 Apr 2017)


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