South Korea produced its first Olympic champion within the males’s skeleton 4 years in the past at dwelling in PyeongChang. With the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing simply across the nook, the nation is hoping it’ll have considered one of its personal again on the rostrum — this time, a special athlete.
On this Related Press file picture from Dec. 31, 2021, Jung Seung-gi of South Korea celebrates after ending third within the males’s skeleton race on the Worldwide Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation World Cup in Sigulda, Latvia. (Yonhap)
Yun Sung-bin made historical past in 2018 by changing into the primary South Korean slider to win an Olympic title. On this previous Worldwide Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation (IBSF) World Cup season, although, Yun barely sniffed a medal. It was Jung Seung-gi, the 22-year-old in simply his third senior season, who ended up being the one South Korean medalist in the course of the World Cup season, with a bronze on New Yr’s Eve in Latvia.
With Yun now not thought of a contender, each by consultants and by himself, Jung has emerged because the nation’s new medal hope.
However the hype actually isn’t on Jung’s thoughts.
“Going into my first Olympics, I’m simply hoping to have a stable race,” Jung stated at an internet press convention Wednesday. “I gained’t get too caught up in my rating positions.”
Along with his bronze medal, Jung additionally completed fourth one time and seventh one other.
“Over the offseason, I put in loads of work within the health club, making an attempt to get stronger,” Jung stated. “I feel it has paid off with quicker begins at races.”
Although he outperformed Yun this season by all measures, Jung stated the 2018 Olympic champion stays his function mannequin and mentor.
“When I’m out on the monitor, I’m not serious about ending forward of Sung-bin or anybody else. I solely give attention to myself,” Jung stated. “I nonetheless have so much to study from him.”
As for his personal medal prospects, Jung stated: “You simply by no means know the way the race will play out. It’s an honor for me simply to have an opportunity to compete on the Olympics. I’ll make sure that I get pleasure from myself there.”