“500m Silver Medal” ‥ Jung Hee-dan said, “I was flustered, but I focused right away.”

January 23, 2024 | by

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In the speed skating of the Gangwon Winter Youth Olympics, short-distance runner Jung Hee-dan won a silver medal.

There was also a valuable medal in women’s short track speed skating.

I’m reporter Kim Tae-woon.


500 meters, the first speed skating event.

The favorite, Jung Hee-dan, faced an unexpected variable.

An Austrian athlete who was running with him slipped and fell ahead of the 100-meter section.

But 16-year-old Jung Hee-dan did not falter.

He crossed the finish line with a time of 39.64 seconds despite the adverse conditions of running alone.

Silver medal, 0.36 seconds behind Daleman of the Netherlands.

It was a shame, but I smiled brightly.

[Jung Hee Dan / National team of speed skating]
“I was flustered when I heard the fall, but I was able to focus right away. I’m so happy to be on the podium.”

He entered skating when he was in the fourth grade of elementary school, was selected as a member of the national team the year before, and followed Lee Sang-hwa and Kim Min-sun by winning the gold medal at the Junior World Cup last year.

[Jung Hee Dan / National team of speed skating]
“The fact that I was able to experience a big stage is an opportunity to develop myself to the next level.”

Shin Sun-woong of the men’s 500m won the bronze medal.

In the women’s 500m short track speed skating, Kang Min-ji and Jung Jae-hee, who reached the final, endured the collision in the last corner and combined for silver and bronze medals.

I didn’t give up easily even if I fell and fell.

The players took meaningful steps toward their bigger dreams.


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