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WON Yoo-Min
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country, Wheelchair Basketball
NPC Korea   
GenderMen
Age32
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 began the sport in 2017.
Why this sport?
He received an offer from the Korean Paralympic Committee that was looking for a Para skier. He wanted to compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang.
Club / Team
Changsung Engineering and Construction: Korea
Name of coach
Kaspar Wirz [national], CAN
General Interest
Nicknames
Peter (Instagram profile, 01 Oct 2018)
Hobbies
Gaming. (Athlete, 20 Jul 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal in wheelchair basketball at the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. (Athlete, 20 Jul 2016)
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)
Other sports
He played for Canada in wheelchair basketball at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and has represented Republic of Korea in Para biathlon at international level. (edaily.co.kr, 03 Jan 2018; koreadaily.com, 19 Sep 2017; yonhapnews.co.kr, 10 Aug 2017)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (edaily.co.kr, 03 Jan 2018; segye.com, 24 May 2018)
Impairment
He had both legs amputated above the knee after 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
REPRESENTING REPUBLIC OF KOREA
He moved to Canada at age 12 and went on to play wheelchair basketball for Canada at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. In 2017 he returned to Republic of Korea and reinstated his Korean citizenship in order to represent the country at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. However according to the regulation of the International Paralympic Committee [IPC], Para athletes who changed a nationality can not compete their new country at intentional competitions for three years from the time that they represented the former country lastly. In his case, he would be allowed to compete at the 2018 Games, if the Canadian Paralympic Committee [CPC] agreed to his transfer to the Korean Paralympic Committee [KPC]. However the CPC rejected it, as it will be possible for him to compete for Republic of Korea in wheelchair basketball in the future. Although the KPC promised that they will not include him in the Korea's wheelchair basketball team, they could not get agreement from the CPC. (news.tvchosun.com, 05 Sep 2017; yonhapnews.co.kr, 10 Aug 2017; civicnews.com, 18 Jan 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Wheelchair Basketball
Rank Year Event Result
11 2016 Team  
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
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
9 2018/2019 Sprint - Sitting  
14 2018/2019 15km - Sitting 1:02:07.9