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Cho Min-Ho, South Korea’s first Olympic hockey goal scorer in 2018, dies at 35

Minho Cho

Switzerland’s Denis Hollenstein (L) vies with South Korea’s Minho Cho during the final period of a men’s preliminary round ice hockey match between South Korea and Switzerland during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Hockey Centre in Gangneung, South Korea on February 17, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

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Cho Min-Ho, who scored the first goal in South Korean Olympic hockey history at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games, died after a lung cancer battle at age 35, according to the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).

Cho shared with his teammates last fall that he was suffering from lung cancer. He died in a Seoul hospital on Wednesday, according to the IIHF.

In 2018, Cho potted South Korea’s lone goal of the preliminary round at the PyeongChang Olympics. He scored 7 minutes, 34 seconds into the opening game against the Czech Republic. The Czechs answered with two goals to win 2-1.

“I thought it would be amazing if I did more better,” Cho said that night, according to The Associated Press. “I tried my best to perform the best that I can to show many fans that came here.”

In August 2021, he captained South Korea at a last-chance, winner-take-all 2022 Olympic qualifying tournament won by Denmark

Cho, a Korea University graduate whose jersey number marked his birth year (87), played for the national team between 2008 and 2021.