‘Morning Star’ Kim Yoon-ji, aiming for 4 crowns, “I’m proud of my growth”
Kim Yoon-ji (17, Seoul Sports Association for the Disabled, Gajaeulgo), the ‘morning star’ in the sports world for the disabled, achieved three gold medals at the 20th National Winter Sports Festival for the Disabled. Now, he is aiming for 4 crowns and MVP.
Last year, the momentum of sweeping the Winter and Summer Rookie of the Year awards for swimming and snow sports is still the same. It is the first record ever to win the Winter and Summer Rookie of the Year awards in the same year. Yunji Kim stood shoulder to shoulder with international athletes by winning two silver medals and two bronze medals at the 2023 Para Nordic Skiing World Cup held in Vuokati, Finland. 바카라사이트
Yunji Kim’s first medal at the National Paralympic Winter Games came on the biathlon stage held on the 11th. He maintained the lead by running a strong race from the beginning of the race. With a record of 18 minutes 01 seconds in 4.5 km (sitting), she won first place by 3 minutes, beating Han Seung-hee (Gyeonggi-do, 21 minutes 21 seconds).
In the 7.5 km (sitting) game, a crisis was also met. Falling twice on the last downhill course. However, Yunji Kim quickly got up and crossed the finish line first in 2 minutes and 15 seconds. He overcame his crisis based on his strong stamina and cardiorespiratory endurance built up through swimming.
The third gold medal was the women’s cross-country skiing 3km classic (sitting) held on the 12th. There was no change. Yunji Kim won her gold medal with a time of 8:18.20, beating her previous record by nearly 40 seconds.
After the game, Yunji Kim said, “I’m proud to show that I’ve grown more than last year. I’m especially happy to be able to work with senior legends such as Shin Eui-hyeon and Lee Do-yeon.”
She also did not forget to send a warm message of support to her teammates, saying, “She wishes for Seoul’s second consecutive win at the Winter Sports Festival.”
Yunji Kim’s next game, and the last game of this tournament, is the women’s cross-country 4.5km (free sitting) held on the morning of the 13th. All eyes are on whether Yunji Kim will be able to win her 4th gold medal around her neck.