Two winners of 5 gold medals in cross country at the Winter Sports Games Jaeyeon Park, Seowon Lee

Park Jae-yeon (center), winner of 5 Winter Sports Games

Two people won five gold medals in the skiing event at the 105th National Winter Sports Games. Park Jae-yeon (Daegwallyeong Elementary School 5), who participated in the cross-country men’s 12 and under sprint 700m competition held at the Alpensia Cross-Country Center in Pyeongchang, Gangwon-do on the 25th, won a gold medal, becoming the fifth gold medalist in this competition. Jaeyeon Park won the classic 3km, free 4km, combined, and relay 8km races at this competition. In particular, he won the classic 3km race with a time of 11 minutes 02.5 seconds, and he was an overwhelming first place finisher with a time of 11 minutes 53.4 seconds, more than 50 seconds behind the second place winner. He comfortably won the gold medal in the 4km free, with a gap of more than 20 seconds over second place.

Jaeyeon Park is also a member of the ‘ski family.’ Park Byeong-woo, the father, is the executive director of the Gangwon-do Ski Association, and Park Byeong-cheol, a former national cross-country team member in the 1990s, is Park Jae-yeon’s uncle .Park Byeong-cheol won a bronze medal in the men’s 10 km cross-country race at the 1996 Asian Winter Games, and was a leading domestic cross-country athlete who was selected as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 1996 and 1997 at the Winter Games. Lee Seo-won (Jinbu Middle School 3rd year), who participated in the cross-country men’s under-15 division, also won five gold medals by winning the classic 5km, 10km free, combined, 20km relay, and 1.2km sprint.

In this competition, as of the afternoon of the 25th, Park Jae-yeon and Lee Seo-won won 5 gold medals, and the 4 gold medalists were biathlete Yoo Hyeon-min (Grade 3, Ildong Middle School), speed skating Jeong Ye-jin (Sanmaru Elementary School 6), Jin Young-jin (Hanyang University College of Education Middle School 3), and skiing alpine. Six people came out, including Kim So-hee (High 1), Lee Ji-min (Wonchon Elementary School 6), and cross country Jo Da-eun (Hwasun Jeil Middle School 2).Recently, the MVPs of the Winter Sports Games were swept by ice skaters for three consecutive times, and in 2019, Biathlon’s Choi Yoon-ah became the MVP .The most recent MVP of the Winter Sports Games in skiing was 슬롯게이밍 Lee Chae-won (cross-country) in 2015, nine years ago.

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