She doesn’t have much experience on the world stage, but she says she’s stronger on the big stage. The 16-year-old rookie received special advice from rhythmic gymnastics senior Son Yeon-jae ahead of the Asian Games. 스포츠토토

Reporter Oh Sun-min caught up with her.


[Rhythmic gymnastics national selection trials/2022 March]

Even as she wiped away the sweat from her face, she smiled as if she’d done it before.

She finished the national selection with a relaxed expression, but later realized that she had broken her ribs.

[Son Ji-jin/Rhythmic Gymnastics National Team: It hurt when I walked and I couldn’t lie down properly. I didn’t know it was broken, so I felt like I could do it].

Despite the extreme pain, 16-year-old Son Ji-in, who earned her tai chi mark, says being on stage gives her strength she didn’t have before.

[Son Ji In / Rhythmic Gymnastics National Team: I think I’m a stage person. If I go to a good stadium, I think, ‘If I do a good performance in this place, I’ll feel so good.’]

Her resemblance to Son Yeon-jae, who won a gold medal at the Asian Games and a fourth-place finish at the Olympics, has been noted as one of the best performances in Korean rhythmic gymnastics history…

[Sohn Ji-in, Rhythmic Gymnastics National Team: I think we look a lot alike, and the commentator (overseas) said, ‘There’s an athlete who looks a lot like Son Yeon-jae.]

She heads to Hangzhou with a special tip from her mentor, Son Yeon-jae.

[Sohn Ji-in/ National Rhythmic Gymnastics Team: He (told me) that my expression and flow were a little lacking.]

She started rhythmic gymnastics by accident at the age of 6, when she dreamed of becoming a ballerina.

The skill I am most confident in is the ‘pointe turn’, which is an adaptation of ballet.

Recently, I succeeded in turning eight laps.

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