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(Olympics) In her 3rd Olympics, mogul skier eyes best run with high-level tricks

All Headlines 17:22 February 02, 2018

By Joo Kyung-don

HOENGSEONG, South Korea, Feb. 2 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's veteran mogul skier, Seo Jung-hwa, said Friday she is ready to entertain home fans with difficult jumps and tricks at the PyeongChang Olympics.

The PyeongChang Games will be Seo's third Olympics. She finished 21st at the 2010 Vancouver Games and 24th at the 2014 Sochi Games.

"I have big expectations for this Olympics," Seo said to reporters at a ski resort in Hoengseong County, Gangwon Province. "My goal for the PyeongChang Olympics is to show my best run and finish my race without regret."

Seo only had one top-10 finish in this International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup season. However, at an Olympic test event in PyeongChang last year, she took sixth place, the best result by a female South Korean mogul skier.

South Korea's mogul skier Seo Jung-hwa makes a jump during her practice at a ski resort in Hoengseong County, Gangwon Province, on Feb. 2, 2018. (Yonhap)

"Last year is last year and this year is this year," she said of her performance. "I know I didn't have good performances at the World Cups this season, but I'll try to collect better results at the Olympics."

Seo said she has been practicing new jump techniques since last year. The 27-year-old said after having many practices this year, it's now about time to make her efforts lead to good scores.

"I'm going to show a new and difficult jump which women mogul skiers can't do easily," she said. "I'll show a 'cork 720,' which male skiers usually perform. I hope many people can see that."

When asked about home field advantage, she said that the Olympic course isn't easy, but will help South Korean athletes. All mogul skiing events are staged at Phoenix Snow Park in PyeongChang, some 180 kilometers east of Seoul.

"I don't think it has an easy course setting, but it will force athletes to show their best performance," she said. "Unlike foreign countries, we get a mix of artificial snow with natural snow, so I think this can make some differences for us."

At the PyeongChang Olympics, Seo will represent South Korea in the women's mogul skiing with her younger cousin Seo Jee-won. Her younger brother Seo Myung-joon will compete in the men's moguls with Choi Jae-woo.

As the eldest of Seos, she said she is ready to pass on her Olympic experience.

"Jee-won is in her second Olympics, while Myung-joon will make his Olympic debut," she said. "I just tell them what I felt and experienced during the Olympics. I hope we all collect good results in PyeongChang."

kdon@yna.co.kr
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