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SEO Vo Ra Mi
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC Korea   
GenderWomen
Age36
Place of BirthGangwon, KOR
Height1.65 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW10.5
Further Personal Information
Languages
Korean
Higher education
Health and Welfare Studies - Korea National University of Welfare: Korea
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para skiing in 2006 through a university ski camp, and began training seriously in 2008.
Why this sport?
The Korean Adaptive Ski Association encouraged her to pursue the sport. She heard that there was no female sit skier in the Republic of Korea, and also wanted to participate in the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver.
Senior International Debut
Year
2009
Competing for
Korea
Tournament
World Cup
General Interest
Nicknames
Ulzzang Skier (stnsports.co.kr, 27 Oct 2017)
Hobbies
Making candles and air fresheners. (parastar.org, 01 Dec 2020; Instagram profile, 04 Jun 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Gaining World Cup points for the first time. (Athlete, 11 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
Her mother. (Athlete, 28 Dec 2020)
Hero / Idol
Her parents. (Athlete, 11 Mar 2018)
Injuries
She sustained a shoulder injury ahead of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. She recovered in time to compete at the event. (stnsports.co.kr, 27 Oct 2017; pyeongchang2018.com, 21 Nov 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Be happy." (Athlete, 28 Dec 2020)
Awards and honours
She was a torchbearer during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (news.kmib.co.kr, 09 Mar 2018)

She took part in the torch relay ahead of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. Her leg of the relay was in the host city. (PyeongChang 2018 Twitter profile, 05 Mar 2014; paralympic.org, 02 Mar 2014)

In December 2013 she received the Hoengseong County Citizen Honorary Award in the Republic of Korea. (kado.net, 21 Dec 2013)
Other sports
She competed in Para biathlon at the 2013 World Championships in Solleftea, Sweden, and has participated in Para cycling at national level in the Republic of Korea. (SportsDeskOnline, 25 Nov 2020; sports.chosun.com, 24 Oct 2018; pyeongchang2018.com, 21 Nov 2016)
Milestones
She became the first Korean athlete to compete in cross-country skiing at the Paralympic Winter Games when she took part in the 2010 Games in Vancouver. (SportsDeskOnline, 25 Nov 2020; blog.naver.com, 02 Dec 2013)
Impairment
She sustained her impairment in 2004 after slipping down stairs. (Athlete, 11 Mar 2018; 10thwinter.kosad.or.kr, 26 Feb 2013; naver.com, 12 Mar 2010)
Other information
DEATH
In July 2021 she passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest. (paralympic.org, 10 Jul 2021)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
She served as an athlete member of the organising committee for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. In 2020 she began working as a model for Parastar Entertainment, a modelling agency for people with an impairment in the Republic of Korea. (parastar.org, 01 Dec 2020; Parastar Entonstn.com, 04 Mar 2014; paralympic.org, 02 Mar 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
  2010 10km - Sitting  DNF
14 2010 5km - Sitting 23:55.6
15 2010 1km Sprint - Sitting  
Qualification 2014 1km Sprint - Sitting 3:47.67
9 2014 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 37:21.3
20 2014 5km - Sitting 24:36.9
12 2018 12km - Sitting 50:30.5
Qualification 2018 Sprint - Sitting 4:45.94
18 2018 5km - Sitting 23:54.9
11 2018 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 30:10.2
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
7 2012/2013 6km Sprint - Sitting 41:08.5
  2012/2013 10km Middle - Sitting  DNS
  2012/2013 12.5km Individual - Sitting  DNS
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
13 2012/2013 1km Sprint - Sitting  
12 2012/2013 10km - Sitting 54:50.2
12 2012/2013 5km - Sitting 21:00.4