“You shoot the bullet where you want it to go, and it sticks together, like a flower petal.”
His labor started early.
As a middle school student, he would wake up at 4 a.m. to help his grandfather farm.
He would work for three hours and then go to school.
In high school, he wanted a pair of Nike shoes so badly that he sometimes worked overtime on weekends.
He wanted to join the Army Band because he loved playing the trumpet, but his family could not afford it, so he joined the Army as a noncommissioned officer.
Then, four years later, he was in a freak car accident. At the age of 21, Lee’s life changed forever.
“The military doctor said the emergency surgery went well, but it didn’t, and I missed the timing of the reoperation.
I thought I would be back to my old life after six months of rehabilitation, but I wasn’t.”
A life suddenly dependent on a wheelchair.
The accident happened while he was on vacation, so he didn’t receive a national disability award.
For those who are left with an acquired disability due to an accident, the reality can be hard to accept and can lead to years of being cut off from the world.
But not him: “It happened anyway, and regretting it doesn’t make a difference.
I just accepted the reality.”
He was first introduced to adaptive shooting at the National Rehabilitation Center in 2011.
He had been a marksmanship instructor in the military, so he was no stranger to the sport.
For three to four years, he worked in medical device sales, but it was difficult to combine the two jobs, so in 2014, he focused solely on sports.
The Korean Paralympic Committee’s New Athlete Development Program helped me a lot.
In order to qualify for the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, I took out a loan and participated in international competitions.
She was desperate.
In his first Paralympic event (R1 Men’s Air Rifle SH1), he finished fourth.
He missed the podium with his last shot, but “I didn’t have any regrets,” he says, because he thought he did really well, even though many people around him felt sorry for him.
In the Copy (R3 Men’s Air Rifle SH1), he won a surprise bronze medal.
It was especially memorable because he had an inflamed hip and had to squeeze the pus out of it every night.
His performance at the Rio Paralympic Games was a turning point in his life.
“It changed his life,” he says, “because he was vaguely confined to a wheelchair.
“It gave me the confidence to say, ‘I can do this.
At the 2018 ParaAsian Games in Indonesia, he won a silver medal (copy).
He had high hopes for the Tokyo Paralympic Games, but a combination of circumstances prevented him from winning a medal.
“I’ve always lived in desperation,” Lee said. “I don’t always think about the next time. I don’t think about what’s next, I think there’s no next, and I’m desperate for now.”
At last year’s World Championships, Lee’s fever rose to 40 degrees during his entrance match, but he focused on the targets in the quadrant and won first place.
Afterward, he had to take an ambulance to the emergency room to get a ringer.
“I think shooting has to be really basic to be able to shoot a 10.9, you have to pull the trigger regardless of your surroundings or how you feel, and the act of firing a shot has to be mechanical.”
The air gun weighs 5.46 kilograms.
He raises the gun, holds his stance, breathes, concentrates, and repeats the actions ad infinitum until the shot is fired.
He doesn’t shoot a lot of live ammunition.
He knows that as long as he doesn’t mess up his basic form, the bullet will go where he wants it to go.
Once the gun is cocked, I don’t say a word.
He treats practice as practice and practice as practice. “Everyone makes mistakes during a match,” he says.
But if you’re conscious of your mistakes, you won’t be able to shoot the next shot,” he says. “
In the end, it’s the ones who make fewer mistakes who end up on the podium, so you have to be mentally and psychologically prepared from the beginning of your training.”
He won gold in the men’s 10-meter air rifle entry event at the Hangzhou Para Asian Games last October.
His goal is now to “achieve the Grand Slam (finishing first at the Asian Games, World Championships, and Paralympics).”
It’s one of the reasons he’s looking forward to Paris 2024.
Korea has never won a gold medal in the copy gun event, so I’m looking forward to the challenge.
Nowadays, I’m also interested in clay shooting. I’m going to try anything that involves a gun.
“Shooting allows me to see things that I haven’t seen before.
It allows me to see myself fully.
When I’m shooting, I’m really calm and I realize, ‘Oh, I have details, too,’ and other people are really surprised by the difference in me before and after.”
“When I’m shooting well,” he says, “the shots come together and it’s really pretty.
“When I’m nervous, the shots are all over the place, but when I shoot the way I want, the shots are all together, like flower petals. 온라인카지노
“Nowadays, I feel like I’m drawing a picture, not just vaguely pulling the trigger,” Lee said.
Recently, he was eating at a restaurant and saw a group of about a dozen firefighters next to him celebrating a birthday, so he secretly paid for their meal.
When the firefighter approached him, he said, “I know you’re suffering too much.
I live on the taxpayer’s dime, and I’m honored to be able to show my gratitude in this way,” he said.
“It felt so good to pay for the food, I want to live harder in the future to give more,” he said.
He shot guns when he was a professional soldier, and he still shoots guns today.
But the guns of his past are different from the guns of his present.
The trigger he pulls has a goal, and at the end of it is another accomplishment.
“There are many people with disabilities who are confined to their homes.
It’s just a matter of opening the door to the outside once, and then there’s nothing else,” he says. “
It’s just a matter of going up the stairs or turning around.
I hope other people can find other hopes in life by exercising.”
At the age of thirty-four, Lee Jang-ho continues to paint the pretty flowers of life in a slightly different way today.