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KIM Jonghyon
Sport Para cross-country
NPC DPR Korea   
GenderMen
Age21
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW12
Further Personal Information
Residence
DPR Korea
Occupation
Student
Languages
Korean
Higher education
Economics, Politics - Kim Il Sung University: Pyongyang, PRK
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He got involved in the sport in December 2017 through a charity called KSAD.
Why this sport?
"As a child, my dream was to be an athlete. But when I got into an accident, I thought I would never be able to achieve my dream. So I was extremely happy to find out about KSAD and I immediately joined."
Senior International Debut
Year
2018
Competing for
DPR Korea
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Germany
General Interest
Awards and honours
He was named flag bearer for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (pyeongchang2018.com, 09 Mar 2018)
Other sports
He was involved in Para table tennis and Para powerlifting before he took up Para cross-country skiing. (tongilnews.com, 11 Apr 2018; news.kmib.co.kr, 05 Mar 2018; bbc.com, 19 Jan 2018)
Impairment
The impairment to his lower limbs is the result of a traffic accident at age seven. (bbc.com, 19 Jan 2018; hani.co.kr, 18 Jan 2018; tongilnews.com, 11 Apr 2018)
Other information
NATIONAL FIRST
Along with compatriot Ma Yu-Chol, he will become the first athlete from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to compete at the Paralympic Winter Games when he participates in the Para cross-country skiing event at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang. (koreaherald.com, 09 Mar 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
27 2018 15km - Sitting 1:12:49.9
Qualification 2018 Sprint - Sitting 4:23.87