Ji-won Park, a Dankook senior majoring in physical education and a member of the short-track speed skating national team, swept the medals at domestic and international events, emerging as a dark horse in the winter sport.
At the ‘29th Winter Universiade’ held in Krasnoyarsk, Russia from March 2 through 12, Park took the gold medal in the 500m race, contributing to Korea’s overall ranking of second place at the end of the games. Immediately following the end of the short-track event at the Winter Universiade, Park went on to take part in the ‘2019 World Short Track Speed Skating Championships’ in Sofia, Bulgaria from March 8 through 10 where he won another gold in the 5000m relay with fellow teammates Dae-heon Hwang, Hyo-jun Lim and Jun-seo Lee.
After passing tryouts, Park joined the national team last year and had remarkable performances during the five events of the ‘2018-19 ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating’ series from November 2 through February 10. At the first event in Calgary, Canada, he came in second in the 1000m and 5000m relay, as well as in the 2000m mixed relay. He followed up by coming in third in the 1000m during the second event and first in the 1000m during the fifth event. He also added a silver medal in the 1000m at the sixth event. The South Korean men’s team won all 4 of the individual gold medals that were up for grabs during the sixth event, highlighting the strong succession to a new generation of skaters, including Park who was noted for his outstanding performances.
Meanwhile, Gun-hee Kim (freshman, Department of International Sports Studies), who also took part in the ‘2019 World Short Track Speed Skating Championships’ along with Park, won a gold medal in the women’s 3000m relay, adding vitality to ice skating sports at our university.