Lee Je-hyeok (26, Seoul Sports Association for the Disabled), ‘the hope of Korea’s para-snowboarders’, once again proved himself to be the strongest in the Winter Games.
Lee Jae-hyeok swept first place in the men’s snowboard cross and giant slalom at the 20th Para Winter Games held at Welli Hilli Park in Hoengseong-gun, Gangwon-do on the 10th, winning two gold medals.
Lee Je-hyeok, who missed out on a medal by being eliminated in the quarterfinals of the Beijing Winter Paralympic Games last year, had no rivals in Korea. In the snowboard cross, her main event, she showed off her unrivaled skills by more than 10 seconds beating Kim Yun-ho (45 seconds 63) of Incheon, who came second with a time of 35 seconds and 19 seconds. In the giant slalom match that followed, he confidently climbed to first place with a time of 1 minute and 29 seconds, reporting two gold medals in the tournament.
Lee Je-hyeok won the 2022 Europa Cup in the Netherlands and Finland last season in a row and rose to world class, and also took first place in the men’s 스포츠토토general division of snowboard cross at the 75th National Ski Championships.
Right after his second gold medal, Jehyeok Lee told the Seoul Sports Association for the Disabled, “I’m happy to play against great players, and above all, I’m happy to win a gold medal.” He went beyond the domestic stage and faced a bigger dream towards the world stage. He promised, “I really want to win medals at the 2023 World Championship held in Spain in March and the 2026 Paralympic Games in Milan. The many people who support me are a great help. I will definitely repay you.” On the first day of the competition, Lee Je-hyeok, who announced the golden news to the Seoul Paralympic Sports Association, conveyed the energy of victory to the Seoul athletes. He shouted, “All the players in Seoul City, don’t be nervous and I will cheer for you to play well as usual! Fighting!”