February 12, 2018 10:42
Short-track speed skater Lim Hyo-jun brought the host country its first gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. He won the men's 1,500-m event in Gangneung, Gangwon Province on Saturday.
The victory was especially meaningful as Lim has endured many hardships on the way to the Olympic podium. Lim has undergone multiple surgeries and many difficult periods of rehabilitation over his 14-year career, and his hard work finally paid off.
Lim, born in 1996 in Daegu, started skating when he was in the second grade, but was plagued by injuries.
He tore a ligament in his right ankle, broke his back and wrist and had seven operations. He still bears clear surgical scars on his back, shin and wrist.
Moreover, he has flat feet, which requires him to order special skates from a manufacturer in the U.S.
"I thought of giving up so many times but didn't want to finish my career without achieving anything," he said. "I set my eyes on the Pyeongchang Olympics and gave more than 100 percent to training."
Lim will also compete in the 500-m, 1,000-m and 5,000-m relay.
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