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WON Yoomin
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country, Wheelchair Basketball
NPC Republic of Korea   
GenderMen
Age34
Place of BirthSeoul, KOR
Height1.82 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW11.5
Further Personal Information
Residence
Seoul, KOR
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 when they were looking to recruit winter sport athletes. "I received a call in 2017 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 over Para ice hockey because I didn't want to take anyone's place in the Para ice hockey team."
Club / Team
Changsung Construction : Republic of Korea
Name of coach
Yoo Kiwon [club], KOR; Son Seong-Rak [national], KOR
General Interest
Nicknames
Peter (Instagram profile, 27 Oct 2020)
Hobbies
Gaming, watching television series. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing in wheelchair basketball at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
Wheelchair basketball coach Mike Frogley. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Hero / Idol
US wheelchair basketball player Steve Serio. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Injuries
In 2020 he fractured his coccyx [tailbone]. (Instagram profile, 15 Feb 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, 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 represented the Republic of Korea in both biathlon and cross-country skiing at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (SportsDeskOnline, 27 Sep 2022; 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)
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
Born in Seoul, Republic of Korea, 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 a different nation at international competitions. He was unable to compete at the 2018 Games, so he turned his attention to 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." (news.sbs.co.kr, 25 Feb 2022; welfarenews.net, 15 Feb 2019; civicnews.com, 18 Jan 2018; news.tvchosun.com, 05 Sep 2017; yonhapnews.co.kr, 10 Aug 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Wheelchair Basketball
Rank Year Event Result
11 2016 Team  
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
20 2022 6km Sprint - Sitting 25:11.0
17 2022 10km Middle - Sitting 39:57.7
19 2022 12.5km Individual - Sitting 54:22.3
Paralympic Games (Overall) - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
Qualification 2022 Sprint - Sitting 2:55.5
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
8 2018/2019 7.5km Sprint - Sitting 28:35.6
7 2018/2019 15km Individual - Sitting 1:01:09.9
18 2021/2022 6km Sprint - Sitting 23:22.8
18 2021/2022 10km Middle - Sitting 44:13.3
17 2021/2022 12.5km Individual - Sitting 58:30.6
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
9 2018/2019 Sprint - Sitting  
14 2018/2019 15km - Sitting 1:02:07.9
23 2021/2022 10km - Sitting 43:13.3
23 2021/2022 Sprint - Sitting