Korean Snowboarder Plans to Take Home Gold at the Olympics

D-Bo, Jan. 14, 2014, 4:14 p.m.

Korea is going to the Olympics this year in snowboarding! Kim Ho-jun is Korea’s only professional snowboarder to enter the 2014 Olympics. Kim, 24, is improving his skills preparing for the big event.

Kim is most famous for his performance in the Vancouver Games, where he finished 26th in the openings. Being the nations #1 boarder for quite some time now, Kim joined the nationals during his first year in high school, and quickly became the team’s best.

Only just a few years ago, Kim spent 18 months recovering from a major ankle ligament injury. Kim displayed his true colors in the FIS World Junior Championships back in 2008, showing that his injury could neither ruin his performance or his spirit, but instead made him stronger. Kim also earned a silver medal during the 2009 Harbin Universiade games.

Kim’s biggest disadvantage in being one of Korea’s few snowboarders is that he had to become completely self-taught. Another issue for Kim was the terrain, causing him to travel abroad in order to train.

Korea has brought home 6 golds, 6 silvers, and 2 bronze medals during the Vancouver event. Just like the past 6 Winter Games, Team Korea plans to take home 4 gold medals during these games, and rank in the top 10 on the medal table.

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