PARK Sangyoung


Personal Information

Residence Seoul, KOR

Occupation Athlete

Languages Korean

World Cup3115
Buenos Aires (ARGENTINA), 2016-11-18Heidenheim (GERMANY), 2020-01-09Vancouver (CANADA), 2016-02-12
Berne (SWITZERLAND), 2017-10-27
Paris (FRANCE), 2019-05-17
Zone Championships-1-1
Wuxi (CHINA), 2016-04-13
Grand Prix3-14
Doha (QATAR), 2014-01-16Cali (COLOMBIA), 2018-05-25
Berne (SWITZERLAND), 2014-05-10
Doha (QATAR), 2017-12-08
Olympic Games1--1
Rio de Janeiro (BRAZIL), 2016-08-09

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport? He began fencing in grade eight at middle school in Jinju, Republic of Korea.

Why this sport? The fencing coach at middle school encouraged him to take up the sport.

Club / Team Ulsan Metropolitan City Hall: Seoul, KOR

Name of coach Chang Tae-Suk [club], KOR; Yang Dal-Sik [national], KOR

Handedness Right

General Interest

Nicknames Crazy Fencer [because he is only interested in fencing]. (knnews.co.kr, 26 Aug 2014)

Hobbies Watching movies, photography. (imnews.imbc.com, 01 Dec 2016)

Most influential person in career Korean fencer Jung Jin-Sun. (mydaily.co.kr, 29 Nov 2018)

Injuries He was troubled by an injury to his right knee at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia. (news1.kr, 19 Aug 2018)

He required surgery after damaging the cruciate ligament in his knee in March 2015. He needed about one year of recovery. (spotv.net, 25 Jun 2016)

He sustained an ankle injury at the 2013 World Junior Championships in Porec, Croatia. (ifeeltong.org, 26 Mar 2013)

He damaged the cartilage in his right knee when he was in the 11th grade at high school. (munhwa.com, 04 Nov 2014)

Sporting philosophy / motto "If you can't avoid it, enjoy it." (nocutnews.co.kr, 16 Aug 2016)

Awards and honours He received the Excellent Athlete Award at the 2017 Korean Sports Awards in recognition of the gold medal he won in individual epee at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (newsen.com, 22 Feb 2017)

He was named the 2016 Fencer of the Year by the Korean Fencing Federation. (view.asiae.co.kr, 21 Dec 2016)

Milestones He became the first Korean fencer to win a gold medal in individual epee at the Olympic Games when he claimed victory at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 11 Jun 2019; news.sbs.co.kr, 10 Aug 2016)

Ambitions To defend his gold medal in individual epee at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (mydaily.co.kr, 29 Nov 2018; news.khan.co.kr, 15 Feb 2017)

Other information MENTOR
In September 2017 he was announced as 'Dream Mentor' for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. As part of his role he was named as a torch bearer in the run-up to the Games. (insidethegames.biz, 29 Sep 2017)

He released his autobiography 'Park Sangyoung: We Can Do It' about his life as a fencer and winning a gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (bookapp.mk.co.kr, 05 Jan 2017)


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