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JUNG Seunghwan
Sport Para cross-country, Para ice hockey
NPC Korea   
GenderMen
Age33
Height1.67 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Jenny
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: Korea
Name of coach
Seo Kwang-Suk [club], KOR; Park Hyun-Wook [national], KOR
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Forward
Senior International Debut
Year
2005
Competing for
Korea
Location
Turin, ITA
General Interest
Nicknames
Rocket Man, Messi on Ice (sports.naver.com, 01 Mar 2019; news.donga.com, 05 Jan 2018; Athlete, 28 Jan 2015)
Hobbies
Watching English football. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning medals in Para ice hockey at the world championships A-Pool in 2012 and 2017. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
His first coach. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
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)
Awards and honours
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 also competed in Para athletics at national level in the Republic of Korea. (SportsDeskOnline, 18 Jan 2018; 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 Para 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." (kyongbuk.co.kr, 30 Aug 2018; sports.chosun.com, 28 May 2018; paralympic.org, 09 Mar 2019; news.mk.co.kr, 30 Oct 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 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  
World Championship - Para ice hockey
Rank Year Event Result
4 2009 Team  
2 2012 Team  
7 2013 Team  
3 2017 Team