- Further Personal Information
- Husband Won Jeong-Sik, daughters Ra-Im and Ra-Yul
- Sport Specific Information
- When and where did you begin this sport?
- She began weightlifting in year seven at Chiak Middle School in Wonju, Republic of Korea.
- Why this sport?
- One of her friends encouraged her to try the sport.
- Club / Team
- Gyeongsangbuk-do Development Corporation: Korea
- Name of coach
- Lee Hee-Young [club], KOR; Lee Myung-Soo [national], KOR
- General Interest
- Most influential person in career
- Her husband Won Jeong-Sik. (joongdo.co.kr, 05 Jul 2016; yonhapnews.co.kr, 27 Dec 2016)
- She injured her shoulder in the 53kg snatch at the 2017 World Championships in Anaheim, CA, United States of America, which forced her to withdraw from the clean and jerk. The injury also prevented her from participating in the Korean national selection trials for the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia. (yonhapnews.co.kr, 04 May 2018; news.joins.com, 03 Dec 2017)
She underwent surgery on her left shoulder after the 2016 Korean National Sports Festival. (yonhapnews.co.kr, 27 Dec 2016)
She sustained an injury to her right shoulder in late 2015. (sports.khan.co.kr, 08 Aug 2016; news.donga.com, 08 Aug 2016)
In 2010 she suffered a shoulder injury and did not compete in weightlifting for one year. (yonhapnews.co.kr, 14 Aug 2011; news.kbs.co.kr, 14 Aug 2011)
She sustained an injury to her left knee at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. (news.joins.com, 10 Aug 2008)
- Awards and honours
- In 2017 she was presented with the Best Female Athlete Award by the Gyeongsangbuk-do Sports Council in Republic of Korea. (ksmnews.co.kr, 28 Feb 2018)
In 2016 she was given Best Female Weightlifter Award by the Korea Weightlifting Federation. (yonhapnews.co.kr, 27 Dec 2016)
In 2008 she received an Excellence Award from the Korea Weightlifting Federation. (sports.donga.com, 21 Jan 2009)
- Famous relatives
- Her husband Won Jeong-Sik has also represented Republic of Korea in weightlifting, and placed first in the 69kg category at the 2017 World Championships in Anaheim, CA, United States of America. (SportsDeskOnline, 15 Sep 2018; kbs.co.kr, 10 Aug 2018)
- To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (yonhapnews.co.kr, 04 May 2018)
- Other information
- RETIREMENT AND RETURN
In 2010 a shoulder injury meant she was unable to compete for one year. She became a physical education teacher before returning to competitive action in 2011. She announced her retirement from the sport at the beginning of 2012 because she was not motivated to continue, having won a silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. She married to Korean weightlifter Won Jeong-Sik, and in 2014 she decided to return to the sport with the aim of competing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, where she won a bronze medal. (news.khan.co.kr, 08 Aug 2016; yonhapnews.co.kr, 05 Jul 2016; joongboo.com, 19 Apr 2016; news.kbs.co.kr, 14 Aug 2011)