By Joo Kyung-don
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Feb. 12 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's mogul skiing ace Choi Jae-woo said Monday he was sorry to fans for having failed to meet their expectations.
Choi didn't manage to complete his run in the second final round of the men's moguls at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics and failed to reach the "super final" where the top six contestants compete.
In his second final run, the 23-year-old lost his balance and crashed after his second jump. He was tied for 10th with two Japanese skiers, who also fell and weren't able to complete the race.
"My family and many fans visited here, and I'm sorry that I couldn't meet their expectations," Choi said after his race. "But I think the Olympic Games are just one of those competitions that I have to go through. I'm still young, so I'll try harder."
Choi, currently fourth in the International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup rankings, had a slow start in the men's competition. In the first qualification round on Friday, he finished 20th and failed to advance directly to the finals.
He bounced back in the second qualification round by finishing first with a score of 81.23 points. In the first final round, he finished 10th with a score of 78.26 and made it to the next round.
But in the second final round, he made a mistake before his second takeoff and an unbalanced jump caused him to crash.
"I think I was in a hurry at the last moment," he said. "That's why I made a mistake, and probably something was in front of my way, and that's why I made such a poor jump."
Choi said he was planned for everything and he also had energy to compete.
"I was ready to compete four times today, and I was set for everything," he said. "I really focused on myself and prepared for my best performance, but my mistake at the last moment really ruined it."
Choi said he really fed off the energy from local fans at Phoenix Snow Park in PyeongChang, some 180 kilometers east of Seoul, and he was ready for the course.
"I know this course, so I have no hard feelings about that," he said. "The volunteers and officials really did a great job, but I just couldn't make it today."
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