Anyone can face a coincidence. However, in order to turn the coincidences you encounter into destiny, you need a lot of effort and consideration. Cha Jun-hwan (21, photo), who won the silver medal at the 2023 International Skating Union (ISU) World Championships on the 26th, is such a player. His slender body and idol-like appearance give him a soft impression, but it is not an exaggeration to say that Cha Jun-hwan is a man of will who made his first achievements in figure skating, which was a wasteland in Korean sports, especially in the men’s division. Cha Jun-hwan is the first Korean male athlete to step on the podium at the World Figure Skating Championships, the second largest event after the Olympics.
In an interview with the Maeil Business Newspaper on the 28th, Cha Jun-hwan said, “A medal at the World Championships was one of my goals when I first started figure skating. I’m happy to be the first male figure skater in Korea.” I don’t have it. Now I think I know why athletes keep talking about podiums and medals.”
Cha Jun-hwan, who was active as a child actor, first encountered figure skating in the second grade of elementary school. Cha Jun-hwan, who enrolled in a special class on figure skating for the diversity of his roles, decided to turn that coincidence into his destiny. Cha Jun-hwan said, “I didn’t think I would become a figure skater until then. I started to play various roles, but now I only think about figure skating all day long.” There are a lot of people around me asking about it먹튀검증, but I have never regretted choosing a figure skater instead of a child actor,” he said with a laugh.
Wasn’t there a difficult time for Cha Jun-hwan, who has been living as a figure skater for 12 years? Cha Jun-hwan, who said, “He practices to the point of not wanting to lose to figure skating,” said that there was a time of crisis at least once every season. He said, “I finished the 2023 season wonderfully, but there were several difficulties during the season. I think athletes will have similar experiences.” As long as I have a way, I think I will be able to overcome it well in the future.”
Cha Jun-hwan, who is writing the history of Korean men’s figure skating like Yuna Kim of Korean women’s figure skating,’s next goal is the 2026 Milan Cortina Winter Olympics. “My heart beats just hearing the word ‘Olympic’. It’s because I learned and grew a lot from the 2018 and 2022 Olympics,” he said. I have myself,” he explained.
Cha Jun-hwan, who said last year’s Beijing Winter Olympics was the stage where he made his name known to the world, has an extraordinary determination for the 2026 Milan Cortina Winter Olympics. He said, “It would be a lie if I said I had no desire for medals. But the most important thing is to play a game that I am satisfied with.” I wish I could do it. If I have one ambition, I want to break my personal record at the Milan Cortina Winter Olympics.”
In order to increase competitiveness, the task of increasing quadruple (four rotation) jumps remains. In men’s figure skating, the quadruple jump is an essential skill to rank at the top of major competitions such as the Olympics and world championships. Cha Jun-hwan, who has currently deployed two types of quadruple jumps, is calculating that he will increase the number and conquer the Olympics.
He did not forget to thank those who helped him and give advice to his juniors. Cha Jun-hwan said, “Direction is more important than speed. You have to keep working hard with faith.” “The word I think of the most after starting figure skating is ‘step by step’. If I go step by step at my own pace, one day I will achieve all the goals I want. I can achieve it,” he said. He continued, “I would not have been able to reach the medal without KB Financial Group, which has provided generous support since 2015.” I wish I could,” he added.