Super rookie halfpipe snowboarder Lee Chae-un hopes to compete at the winter Olympics one day. [LEE CHAE-UN]Born in 2006, Lee Chae-un is just 13 years old and is considered a super rookie in the world of Korean snowboarding.But after winning the National Championship held at the Phoenix Pyeongchang halfpipe course and then again standing at the top of the podium at both competitions of the International Ski Federation (FIS) Asian Cup, held in Pyeongchang on Feb. 10 and 19, he has become recognized as one of the country’s best. “I just told myself not to make any mistakes, watch the senior snowboarders and try my best to chase after them,” Lee said. “But then when I saw my name at the top of the scoreboard, I couldn’t believe it. Not only once, that happened twice. When I think about the time I walked up to the podium, wow, I’m getting nervous again.”Defeating senior members on the Korean national snowboarding team like Lee Kwang-ki and Lee Joon-sik was particularly impressive for such a young athlete. “At the final, I started with a frontside 10 and performed five different skills,” Lee said. “I was a little more nervous because this was the… Read full this story
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