‘Beauty queen’ Jang Yoo-jin makes Korean skiing history

“Freestyle skiing sensation” Jang Yoo-jin (24, Koryo University) has written a new chapter in Korean skiing history.

He became the first Korean to compete in the ski superpipe event at the world’s most prestigious extreme sports competition, the 2024 X Games Aspen4.

Jang Yoo-jin competed in the women’s ski superpipe at the event held at Butte Milk Mountain in Aspen, Colorado, USA, on March 27 (local time) and finished seventh out of eight competitors with a score of 69.66 points.

After suffering a knee injury at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, Jang overcame the injury to return to the international stage. In 2020, she became the first South Korean athlete to receive a preliminary invitation to the X Games, and four years later, she received a full invitation.

Jang is an iconic figure in South Korean skiing, having represented the country in freestyle skiing at the 2018 Pyeongchang and Beijing Olympics, where she finished fifth at the FIS World Cup.

“It hasn’t been easy coming back from the injuries and trauma I suffered at the Beijing Olympics, but I’ve regained my confidence and skills through hands-on experience,” said Jang Yoo-jin. “I’m honored to be the first Korean skier to stand here, and I’ll continue to work on my runs and skills with a bold heart, starting with the X Games,” she said.

“In the 2024-25 season, when I can start accumulating Olympic 토토사이트 순위 points, I will aim for the top five,” he said, “and I am determined to win a medal at the 2026 Winter Olympics in Milona.”

In December 2018, Jang became the first Korean freestyle skiing halfpipe finalist and the highest-ranked female athlete in history at the FIS World Cup.

From 2013 to the present, she has been ranked first on the all-podium in domestic competitions. She competed in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics as the youngest Korean athlete to do so.

Jang is a student in the Department of International Sports at Korea University Sejong Campus.


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