Further Personal Information
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||He began fencing in year eight at middle school in Jinju, Republic of Korea.
|Why this sport?
||The fencing coach at middle school encouraged him to take up the sport.
|Club / Team
||Korea National Sport University : Seoul, KOR
|Name of coach
||Yang Dal-Sik [national], KOR
||Crazy Fencer [because he is only interested in fencing]. (knnews.co.kr, 26 Aug 2014)
||Watching movies, photography. (imnews.imbc.com, 01 Dec 2016)
|Most influential person in career
||Coaches Hyun Hee and Jung Sun-Jo, his parents. (knnews.co.kr, 26 Aug 2014; sports.mk.co.kr, 10 Aug 2016)
||He required surgery after damaging the cruciate ligament in his knee in March 2015. He needed about one year of recovery. (spotv.net, 25 Jun 2016)
He sustained an ankle injury at the 2013 World Junior Championships in Porec, Croatia. (ifeeltong.org, 26 Mar 2013)
He damaged the cartilage in his right knee when he was in 11th grade at high school. (munhwa.com, 04 Nov 2014)
|Sporting philosophy / motto
||"If you can't avoid it, enjoy it." (nocutnews.co.kr, 16 Aug 2016)
|Awards and honours
||He received the Excellent Athlete Award at the annual Korean Sports Awards, after winning a gold medal in the epee event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (newsen.com, 22 Feb 2017)
He was named the 2016 Fencer of the Year by the Korean Fencing Federation. (view.asiae.co.kr, 21 Dec 2016)
He was a member of the Korean epee quartet at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Republic of Korea, that was named the 2014 Team of the Year at the annual Korean Sports Awards. (yonhapnews.co.kr, 24 Feb 2015)
||To defend his gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (news.khan.co.kr, 15 Feb 2017)
In September 2017 he was announced as 'Dream Mentor' for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. As part of his role he was named as a torch bearer in the run-up to the Games. (insidethegames.biz, 29 Sep 2017)
He released his autobiography 'Park Sangyoung: We Can Do It' about his life as a fencer and winning a gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (bookapp.mk.co.kr, 05 Jan 2017)
He became the first Korean fencer to win a gold medal in the epee event at the Olympic Games when he claimed victory at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (news.sbs.co.kr, 10 Aug 2016)