The Olympics is a dream competition in which all athletes compete with the utmost concentration. The world’s strongest player does not necessarily win the gold medal, but it is very meaningful to step out on the Olympic stage as the world’s No. This is because it allows you to fully develop confidence, which is the most important factor in achieving results on a big stage. Being able to fight with a psychological advantage over competitors on the Olympic stage. It is for this reason that the results of international competitions held ahead of the Olympics and world rankings are receiving a lot of attention.
Ahead of the opening of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, can ‘cabbage boy’ Lee Sang-ho (27, High1, photo) achieve No. 1 in the world rankings? He became the first medalist in Korean skiing history by winning a silver medal in the men’s parallel event in the snowboarding alpine event of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics held at the home ground in 2018. In each competition, he showed stable skills and achieved 1 gold medal, 2 silver medals, and 1 bronze medal. Currently, he is proudly ranked first in the snowboarding alpine overall ranking.
Unfortunately, Lee Sang-ho failed to win another World Cup on the 11th. Finished fifth in the parallel rotation of the FIS Snowboard Alpine World Cup held in Bad Gastein, Austria. As they passed the preliminary round that selects 16 finalists in chronological order, expectations for another medal were high, but in the quarterfinals, they lost to Karl Benjamin (Austria), who finished 9th in the quarterfinals, by 1.2 seconds. In the end, the Austrians who had the advantage of the home ground swept the 1st to 4th places and placed next in the rankings.
Lee Sang-ho is still running at No. 1 in the world ranking, which includes parallel rotation and parallel competition. As a result of that day, he added 45 ranking points to 405 points. Rather, the 2nd group, Dmitry Rosinov (22, Russia) and Stefan Baumeister (29, Germany, with 306 points), who were chasing Lee Sang-ho, were ranked 9th and 15th, respectively, further widening the gap.
Now, the only World Cup matches left before the Olympics are the parallel tournament matches to be held in Zimonege, Austria on the 14th. If Lee Sang-ho shows his stable skills that have continued throughout the season here, he will be able to stand on the Beijing stage with the confidence of being ‘World No. 1’.
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