Next month, there is an athlete who will challenge for the sixth time in 20 years for the deaf Olympic and deaf Olympics to be held in Brazil.
Reporter Lee Jeong-chan covered table tennis representative Lee Ji-yeon.
the quiet deaf national team training ground, loud ping-pong balls and foot movements break the silence.
In particular, the 34-year-old eldest sister, Ji-yeon Lee, who has been keeping the Taegeuk mark for over 20 years, clenches her teeth and sweats heavily.
[Lee Ji-yeon / National Table Tennis Team for the Deaf: (What does the Taegeuk mark mean to Lee Ji-yeon?) I am happy and have a sense of duty as the national representative.
She also wants to be a proud mother by gifting gold medals to her family, especially her two children.]
Jiyeon Lee, who lost her hearing due to a fever at the age of 3, started playing table tennis when she was in elementary school and grew up competing with non-disabled players.
He can't hear his ball, so he has to rely solely on his sight, but he overcame it with rigorous training, winning a whopping six consecutive qualifiers after making his debut at the age of thirteen.
In the meantime, he has been in fourth place twice and missed the medal right in front of his eyes, but this time he is determined to wash away his regrets.
The support of my 7-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter is a big help.
[Lee Ji-yeon / Deaf national table tennis representative: I miss you.
The son said, 'Mom, please bring a medal,' and her daughter said, 'I love you, Mom.
She said, 'I want to give you a kiss.']
Lee Ji-yeon hoped that more deaf people could dream with table tennis by priming her medal.
[Lee Ji-yeon / Deaf national table tennis representative: There are no juniors who are deaf right now.
I want to win a medal for table tennis for the deaf and pass it on to my juniors.]
(Video coverage: Gong Jin-goo, video editing: Woo-jung Woo, CG: Kang Yu-ra and Jo Soo-in)Keywords: