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Yu Chol Ma

Nordic Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW12

Further personal information

Residence
DPR Korea
Languages
Korean
Higher education
Physical Education - Pyongyang University of Physical Education: DPR Korea

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in December 2017.
Why this sport?
His favourite season is winter, so he always wanted to try winter sports. He became interested in cross-country skiing ahead of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, so he decided to switch to the sport from Para table tennis.

International debut

Year
2018
Competing for
DPR Korea
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Germany

General interest

Sporting philosophy / motto
"Sports enable you to train and push limits. It is good because it helps you to overcome challenges and grow in confidence and courage in life." (bbc.com, 19 Jan 2018)
Awards and honours
Along with Korean Para cross-country skier Choi Bo-Gue, he was one of final torch bearers as the Paralympic relay concluded at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (english.yonhapnews.co.kr, 09 Mar 2018)
Other sports
He competed in table tennis at the 2014 Asian Para Games in Incheon, Republic of Korea. (SportsDeskOnline, 10 Mar 2018; sporbiz.co.kr, 31 Jan 2018)
Impairment
At age five his left leg was amputated below the knee after he was hit by a car. (bbc.com, 19 Jan 2018)
Other information
NATIONAL FIRST
Along with compatriot Kim Jong-Hyon, he will become the first athlete from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to compete at the Paralympic Winter Games when he takes part in the Para cross-country skiing event at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang. (koreaherald.com, 09 Mar 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 15km Sitting Final 2018-03-11 26
Men's 1.1km Sprint Sitting Final 2018-03-14 31