Choi Beom-geun (14), the future of alpine skiing in Korea, took the top spot at an international junior skiing event held in Canada.
Choi Beom-geun won the gold medal in the men’s 14-year-old slalom event at the 2023 Whistler Cup International Junior Ski Competition held at Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada on the 17th (Korean time메이저놀이터).
Choi Bum-keun, who arrived at the finish line in first place out of 122 participants with a time of 44.30 seconds in his first attempt, took first place in his second attempt with a time of 44.81 seconds, standing at the top of the podium with a total time of 1:29.11. He was 5 seconds and 20 seconds faster in second place, an overwhelming record.
Choi Beom-geun, who won the national stage by winning gold medals in the Super Giant Slalom, Slalom, and Combined events at the 103rd National Winter Games in February last year while attending Dongseong Elementary School in Busan, is currently at Cardigan Mountain, New Hampshire, USA, which has a well-equipped sports-specific education system. studying abroad at school
The Whistler Cup Junior Ski Competition, held in Canada every April, boasts a 30-year history as an international competition where junior athletes under the age of 16 from all over the world compete. The competition will be divided into men’s and under-16 and under-14 divisions.
Numerous skiing heroes, such as Lindsay Vonn (38), a legendary American alpine skiing hero who was called the “Ski Empress” during her active years, and Mikaela Shiffrin (28), a gold medalist in the alpine giant slalom at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, also passed through this event as a junior.
Choi Beom-geun finished 4th in the giant slalom event and took 1st place overall.
The domestic ski world is pinning high hopes on Choi’s growth potential.
Yoon Seol-ho, executive director of the Busan Ski Association, said, “Choi Beom-geun is not only talented as an athlete, but also has a great fighting spirit.”
Specialist Yoon announced that Choi Bum-geun will show off his skills by steadily participating in domestic competitions such as winter sports as well as overseas competitions in the future.