“Rhythmic gymnastics is a more intense exercise than it looks. Hehe~”

Although I say this with a smile, I can imagine how difficult it is. When asked, “Can you pretend that it doesn’t hurt even if your bone is broken?”, he says, “You have to endure it.” It may be unimaginable to the average person, but that may be the fate of athletes, especially rhythmic gymnasts. In fact, he competed in the rhythmic gymnastics team selection competition last year without knowing that his ribs were broken. How is this possible? “At that time, I thought I couldn’t miss the opportunity. “I think I persevered tenaciously.”

Son Ji-in (16, Sejong High School sophomore), the star of the Korean rhythmic gymnastics team at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games, closely resembles retired world star Son Yeon-jae. In response to the high interest from those around him, he responded, “I think we look alike.” I was the only athlete to participate in the World Championships held in Valencia, Spain last month, and I was moved by Son Yeon-jae’s feedback after the competition. “I did so well that there was no technical difference between me and the player from Uzbekistan, who was number one in Asia. He was well-organized in controlling the intensity, flow, and expression. However, the composition and music cannot be seen at a glance.” In response to a text message from role model Son Yeon-jae, Son Ji-in said, “I am really grateful to Yeon-jae for her kind words, and it was a great help to me.”

Son Ji-in, who plays Ribbon, reminds me of Son Yeon-jae. Provided by Wow Management Group

Son Ji-in is going to the Asian Games with classmates Ha-ui (Login Rent-a-Car) and Jo Byeol-ah (J Team), and senior Kim Joo-won (Sejong University). These four will challenge for medals in the Asian Games team and individual events on October 6-7.

In the individual competition, participants must perform a 90-second performance accompanied by music, combining technique, art, and difficulty in each event, including hoop, ball, club, and ribbon. Like Son Yeon-jae’s advice, Son Ji-in is training repeatedly to improve perfection so that various elements can be seen at a glance. He said, “Recently, we are increasing the number of rotations such as panchet turns, back turns, and attitude turns. “It’s exciting when a new technology succeeds,” he explained.

Training under the guidance of Russian coach Elena Kolodova is not easy. You must spend 1 hour and 30 minutes just warming up before the two intense main training sessions in the morning and afternoon. You need to relax your hip joints and ligaments, and bend and straighten your waist and ankles as much as possible. When you do ballet movements and then jump, your whole body sweats even though it is just a warm-up exercise. Son Ji-in said, “In the old days, we warmed up for two hours.”

Rhythmic gymnasts spend 1 hour and 30 minutes just stretching. Provided by Wow Management Group

There are other difficulties faced by players that cannot be seen. The penchet movement, which involves bending the waist to 90 degrees and then straightening the legs to make 7 to 8 turns, is Son Ji-in’s representative technique. When you touch the floor under your toes, which was the axis of rotation, it is said that “the floor is hot” due to frictional heat.

Even though he is out of breath after performing an event and feels like his heart is going to explode, he has to smile brightly as if nothing is wrong because he is in front of the judges. Son Ji-in receives separate physical training because it is a full-body exercise and requires a lot of energy and strength.바카라

He said, “I have been doing it for over 10 years and it has now become a habit. Still, he cries inside when things are too difficult.” This is why “I am happy when I relieve stress by chatting with my classmates” during break time. Jeong Green, CEO of Green Coaching Solutions, who helps with her mental counseling, also said, “Son Ji-in is quiet and doesn’t reveal herself very much, but she shows great immersion and passion when doing rhythmic gymnastics. “He is very patient and has a strong will to grow.”

Son Ji-in played in the national team selection game last year without even knowing that she had broken her ribs. He said he had been sick for a week before the competition, and he thought he broke it during the game. Instagram Capture

The Korean national team, including Son Ji-in, will compete for the top spot with Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, China, and Japan at the Asian Games. Son Ji-in must serve as the focal point of the Korean team in both team and individual competitions, and if she wins a medal, she will be the first to win an Asian Games medal since Son Yeon-jae.

Son Ji-in said, “The Asian Games is a stage I have dreamed of since I was young. In order to reduce one mistake, I am concentrating on training until my hands, feet, and body become familiar with each movement. “It’s a fierce fight, but I definitely want to stand on the podium,” he emphasized.

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