Alpine Snowboarder Blazes New Trail, Eyes Olympic Wildcard

Shin Bong-shik (right) with his coach /Courtesy of Sema Sports Shin Bong-shik (right) with his coach /Courtesy of Sema Sports

Shin Bong-shik became Korea's first alpine snowboarder to finish within the top 10 of an International Ski Federation World Cup event on Sunday.

He finished 10th in the parallel slalom at the FIS Snowboard World Cup 2014 in Bad Gastein, Austria. Alpine snowboarding is divided into two events at this level: parallel slalom and parallel giant slalom.

Shin is fourth on a list of potential wildcard entries from around the world who may still qualify for the Olympics in Sochi, Russia next month.

"If he finishes inside the top 30 at the next World Cup event in Slovenia that starts on Saturday, he has a great chance of qualifying for the Olympics," said national team coach Lee Sang-hun.

Shin responded by promising to go all out to try and become the first Korean to compete at the Olympics in the daredevil sport.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jan. 15, 2014 11:00 KST