Olympic Swimmer Park Rediscovers Appetite for Competing

      November 08, 2012 11:14

      Park Tae-hwan

      Olympic medalist Park Tae-hwan is set to plan the next chapter of his career with coach Michael Bohl. At a press conference Wednesday the swimmer said he plans to discuss training plans with Bohl on Nov. 13 in Brisbane, Australia.

      Park won two silver medals at the 2012 London Olympics in the men's 200-m and 400-m freestyle events. After the Games, he took a break from the sport and went through four weeks of military training in Nonsan last month.

      Park said it was while he was away from the pool that he realized he could not be happy without remaining active in the sport. "I thought maybe I needed to just live an ordinary life after the Olympics. But I realized that I need to get back to swimming as I miss the fun of competing," he said. He will also continue his studies by pursuing a master's degree in sports education at Dankook University.

      However, he said he is determined to compete at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games. "I feel proud that such a big event will be taking place in Korea, and I'll do my best to make it a success," he said.

      On the possibility of taking part in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, he said, "I don't think it'll be too late to think about that after the Asian Games."

      Park's sponsorship deal with SK Telecom ended in September, as did his contract with Bohl. He will meet with the coach to discuss renewing the partnership.

      Park, who has amassed an Olympic gold in the 400-m freestyle from Beijing 2008 and six Asian Games gold medals, has yet to set a world record.

      "As far as I know, Kim Yu-na's gold-medal-winning score at the Vancover Winter Olympics in 2010 has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records. I'd like to achieve such a feat one day," he added.

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