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(Olympics) Mogul skiing siblings have each other's backs for Winter Games

All Headlines 16:37 February 03, 2018

By Joo Kyung-don

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Feb. 3 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will have four mogul skiers at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, and some people might wonder why it's a team of Seos.

Among the four, three of the skiers share the same last name: Seo Jung-hwa, Seo Jee-won and Seo Myung-joon.

Jung-hwa and Myung-joon are Jee-won's cousins. Myung-joon is Jung-hwa's younger brother.

Seo Jee-won (L), Seo Jung-hwa (C) and Seo Myung-joon pose for a photo at a ski resort in Hoengseong County, Gangwon Province, on Feb. 2, 2018. (Yonhap)

This is the first time that all three skiers have participated in the same Olympic Games. Jung-hwa, the eldest of the three at 27, is competing in her third Olympics, while Jee-won is in her second Games. Myung-joon will make his Olympic debut in PyeongChang.

Jung-hwa said her parents were really happy when they found out all three were going to the Olympics.

"I'm very proud that all of the team is going to the Olympics," she said. "I hope we can all do well.

"It's true that we have this family-like atmosphere on the national mogul skiing team," Jung-hwa added during a media event on Friday. "With the Olympics just around the corner, I just tell them about my previous experience."

Jee-won said her relatives give her energy when she needs it most. The 23-year-old, however, noted that she sometimes thinks of Jung-hwa as her rival.

"As a family, it's good that we can rely on each other," she said. "When I'm sensitive, I do feel some rivalry, but we have never fought each other. As for Myung-joon, he is a positive-minded man and always gives me good advice."

Myung-joon, 25, said he gets lots of help from his sister regarding mogul techniques. He said he has asked many questions to his sister Jung-hwa about national team life.

"They've really help me preparing for the Olympics," he said. "Jung-hwa tells me a lot about national team life, and she makes me comfortable wherever I go."

Myung-joon will represent South Korea with Choi Jae-woo, currently fourth in the International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup rankings. When asked whether he feels lonely surrounded by the Seo siblings, Choi said he doesn't care.

"Our team atmosphere is really good," he said. "I know I'm the lonely one, but that doesn't affect me. I actually don't care."


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