Choi Min-jung is next… The main character of the short track Taegeuk mark
Who will be the main character of the short track Taegeuk mark in the 2023-2024 season?
The 2023-2024 season short track national team selection event will be held on the 18th and 19th and the 22nd and 23rd at the indoor ice rink in Jincheon National Training Center. It is the first selection on the 18th and 19th, and the second selection on the 22nd and 23rd.
Choi Min-jeong (Seongnam City Hall), the ‘short track empress’, will not participate in this competition. It is a decision to take a step forward with the 2026 Milan-Cortina d’Ampezzo Winter Olympics in mind.
Choi Min-jung, who won only her two silver medals at the Short Track World Championships in Anbang in March this year, makes a change in her technique, strategy while putting down her Taegeuk mark. Armed with new skills and strategies, she plans to participate in the national team selection event for the 2024-2025 season, which will be held in April next year토토사이트.
Kim Gil-ri (Seo Hyeon-go), who emerged as the next-generation ace of the women’s national team by harvesting 7 gold medals in the 1st to 6th competitions of the International Skating Union (ISU) World Cup in the 2022-2023 season, Kim Kun-hee (Dankook University), Shim Suk-hee (Seoul City Hall), and Seo Hwi-min ( Korea University) and other players who played for the national team this season will be selected for the national team this season.
Unlike Choi Min-jeong, Kim A-rang (Goyang City Hall) aims to return to the national team.
Kim A-rang, who added strength to winning the silver medal in the women’s 3000m relay at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, gave up participating in the 2022-2023 season representative selection event held in May of last year to recover and rehabilitate her chronic knee injury.
Even in the men’s division, there are those who are aiming to return to the national team. Hwang Dae-heon (Gangwon Provincial Office), who played an active role as the ace of the men’s national team, and Kwak Yoon-ki (Goyang City Hall), who was the ‘eldest brother’ of the men’s national team at the Beijing Winter Olympics.
Hwang Dae-heon, who won the men’s 1500m gold medal at the Beijing Winter Olympics, withdrew due to poor physical condition during the 2022-2023 season representative selection event held in May last year
Kwak Yun-ki suffered a thigh injury during the national team selection last season and temporarily put down the Taegeuk mark.
Hwang Dae-heon and Kwak Yun-ki both applied for this competition.
The confrontation between Park Ji-won (Seoul City Hall) and Hwang Dae-heon, who emerged as the men’s national team aces in the 2022-2023 season, will not take place.
Park Ji-won, who won 14 gold medals and 4 silver medals in the 1st to 6th World Cup competitions in the 2022-2023 season, won the men’s 1000m and 1500m at the World Championships last month and won two gold medals, winning the 2023-2024 season. Obtained the Taegeuk mark.
The Korea Ice Skating Federation selects the athlete with the best performance at the World Championships as the national team for the next season if they win at least one gold medal in individual events.
As Park Ji-won was selected first, the national team to be selected through this tournament is 7 male and 8 female.
In the 1st and 2nd selection competitions, 500m, 1000m, and 1500m are held once, respectively, and the scores for each event are added together to determine the final ranking. In each event, points are awarded according to the ranking, such as 1st place 34 points, 2nd place 21 points, and 3rd place 13 points.
The top 24 men and women in the first competition can advance to the second competition.
Park Ji-won and the top two men and the top three women in this representative selection will be qualified to compete in the 2023-2024 season ISU Short Track World Cup series and next year’s World Championship individual event.
Victor An (Korean name Ahn Hyeon-soo) will participate in this competition as a personal coach. Victor Ahn, who recently helped train juniors at his alma mater, Hankuk University of Physical Education, will compete in this competition as a personal coach for multiple players.
Viktor Ahn, who was active as a Korean short track star by winning three gold medals at the 2006 Torino Olympics, chose to become a naturalized Russian in 2011 and won three gold medals as a Russian national team member at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
After failing to qualify for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, Victor Ahn chose to retire from active sports and worked as a coach for the Chinese national team from 2020 to the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
In January of this year, Victor Ahn applied for an open recruitment for the ice team coach position at Seongnam City Hall, but faced a backlash from public opinion. As Seongnam City Hall put on hold the hiring of an ice team coach, the hiring of Viktor Ahn was also canceled.
This is the first time Viktor Ahn has been active as a leader in Korea.