21st National Para Winter Games kicked off… 4 days of frenetic action

The National Winter Games, a winter sports festival for the disabled, has begun.

The 21st National Winter Games for the Disabled kicked off with an opening ceremony at the Pyeongchang Dome Gymnasium on the 18th and began four days of feverish competition. The Games will be the largest ever, with 1054 athletes (486 athletes, 568 officials and officials) participating in seven sports (alpine skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, biathlon, ice hockey, curling, and short track).

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Jeong Jin-wan, President of the Korea Para Sports Federation, said, “In March, the Winter Deflimpic will be held in Erzurum, Turkuye, and the Wheelchair Curling World Championships will be held in Gangneung. The national athletes will check their skills through this competition, and we will support them to fulfill their goals and dreams,” he said in his opening remarks.

“From aspiring athletes competing for the first time this year to national teams preparing for the World Championships and Deflategames, we will continue to actively support each athlete’s passion and hard work and do our best to further ensure the rights of people with disabilities in sports,” said Vice Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Jang Jang-ran.

Ice hockey, curling, and snowboarding held preliminary games before the opening ceremony to ensure smooth competition. In the women’s curling 4-man DB (deaf) final at the Icheon Athletes’ Village of the Korea Para Sports Federation on Saturday, Seoul won the gold medal with a 12-4 victory over Chungbuk.

This was the third consecutive title for the Seoul women’s curling team after the 17th and 20th Games (the 18th and 19th Games were not held). They will next compete at the Erzurum Winter Deflimpic, where they will try to win back-to-back medals. Kim Ji-Soo (27), Kwon Ye-Ji (27), Park Kyung-Ran (25), Lee Soo-Jung (24), and Oh Hye-Bin (24), all but Park Kyung-Ran, won bronze medals for South Korea at the last edition in 2019.

Snowboarder Choi Yong-seok (44, Seoul, South Korea), competing in the Erzurum 바카라사이트 Winter Deflimpic, won two gold medals in the giant slalom and snowboardcross events at the Phoenix Park stadium on Sunday.

Para ice hockey rookie Kim Hong-joon (15, Seoul) made his Winter Games debut on Sunday at the Uijeongbu Indoor Ice Center between Seoul and Gyeonggi Province. Kim, who is the youngest player to make the national team, lost 1-3 to Gyeonggi Province. But on the 18th, they beat Incheon 2-0 thanks to a goal from Lee Hae-man. Kangwon, the No. 0 favorite in a field full of international players, won two straight games, 10-0 against Jeonnam and 16-0 against Jeonbuk. In the overall standings, Gyeonggi-do and Seoul were ranked first and second through the 18th.

On the 19th, there will be competitions in alpine skiing, biathlon, ice hockey and curling.

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