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JUNG Seunghwan
Sport Para cross-country, Para ice hockey
NPC Republic of Korea   
GenderMen
Age36
Height1.67 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Song Hyun-Jung, son Han-Seo [2020]
Residence
Chuncheon, KOR
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Korean
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2004 at Tancheon Sports Complex in the Republic of Korea.
Why this sport?
He was encouraged to take up the sport by Korean Para ice hockey players Lee Jong-Kyung and Jang Jong-Ho.
Club / Team
Gangwon Provincial Office: Chuncheon, KOR
Name of coach
Kim Jung-Ho [club], KOR; Han Min-Su [national], KOR
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Forward
Senior International Debut
Year
2005
Competing for
Korea
Location
Turin, ITA
General Interest
Nicknames
Rocket Man (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Hobbies
Travel. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
Coach Lee Young-Kook. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Injuries
He fractured his ribs during a match against the United States of America at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. He was unable to train for one month. (Athlete, 28 Jan 2015)

He broke several fingers during a training session ahead of the 2012 World Championships A-Pool. He was unable to train for two months but recovered in time to compete at the tournament. (Athlete, 28 Jan 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't bring shame." (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Awards and honours
He was named the Republic of Korea's Best Player of the Game in the bronze medal game against RPC at the 2021 World Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (paralympic.org, 26 Jun 2021)

He was named Best Forward at both the 2013 Paralympic Qualification Tournament in Turin, Italy, and the 2015 World Championships B-Pool in Ostersund, Sweden. (paralympic.org, 22 Mar 2015)

He was flag bearer for the Republic of Korea at the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (paralympic.org, 16 Mar 2014; sportsq.co.kr, 12 Feb 2014)

He received an Excellent Para Athlete Award at the 2010 Athletics Awards Ceremony in the Republic of Korea. (newsen.com, 31 Mar 2010)
Other sports
He has competed in Para athletics, wheelchair fencing, and Para rowing at national level in the Republic of Korea. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022; kado.net, 19 Sep 2017)
Impairment
His left leg was amputated at age five following an accident. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018; paralympic.org, 01 Mar 2015)
Other information
RETIREMENT AND RETURN
He announced his retirement from Para ice hockey after the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang in order to compete in cross-country skiing at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. However he decided to return to Para ice hockey in October 2018. "Cross-country skiing is totally different even though it is also a Paralympic sport. My arm strength helped me a lot but after trying a few months of skiing I realised that I enjoyed it the most when I was on ice, so I decided to go back [to Para ice hockey] as soon as I could." (paralympic.org, 09 Mar 2019; news.mk.co.kr, 30 Oct 2018; kyongbuk.co.kr, 30 Aug 2018; sports.chosun.com, 28 May 2018)

PYEONGCHANG LEGACY
He hopes the legacy of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang will help improve the profile of Para ice hockey in the Republic of Korea. "Some people became big fans of our hockey team after the Pyeongchang Games. Now more people want to see our games but we don't really have an annual competition in Korea. That's the saddest part. If we had better infrastructure to hold international games in Korea, that would be awesome. This is our new beginning. We have to build up new relationships, teamwork and so on. I'm hoping for some new players by Beijing 2022 and I'm hoping to get more fans, more interest, and more support to create a better sports environment here." (paralympic.org, 09 Mar 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para ice hockey
Rank Year Event Result
6 2010 Team  
7 2014 Team  
3 2018 Team  
4 2022 Team  
World Championships - Para ice hockey
Rank Year Event Result
7 2008/2009 Team  
2 2012 Team  
7 2013 Team  
3 2017 Team  
3 2019 Team  
4 2020/2021 Team