ENHYPEN‘s Sunghoon is known for his past as a figure skater. He competed for up to middle school until he decided to forsake his career as a professional skater to pursue his dreams of becoming an idol. Here is his last public competition back in 2020.
When Olympic skater Cha Jun Hwan went viral for his season in 2022, many wondered if he was ever linked to Sunghoon. After all, they both are of a similar age range, and they both have idol visuals. Sunghoon also was friends with many professional skaters such as Lim Eun Soo.
this predebut sunghoon with eunsoo 😭 his smile omg why is he the most adorable person on earth 😭❤️pic.twitter.com/cFSS0cA1NU
— kay (@hoonicey) November 22, 2022
Turns out, the two did skate together briefly.
In 2022, the pair were reunited at the 2022 SBS Gayo Daejun. They performed a special dance stage to BTS‘s “Black Swan,” a fitting song for the elegant skating duo.
sunghoon (enhypen) & cha junhwan performing BLACK SWAN at sbs gayo!
— Riri 🤍✨#taecember (@vkookssky) December 24, 2022
Fans were overwhelmed to see the two together. Jun Hwan in a way, represents the dreams that Sunghoon let go as he moved down a different path. Sunghoon could potentially have been as successful in skating as the Olympic skater. On the other hand, Jun Hwan has always expressed interest in dance and performing, making Sunghoon a bright star for him.
as it was… #sunghoon #junhwan pic.twitter.com/d4RZGAFoj5
— ash ෆ (@madefor_en) December 24, 2022
Fans were delighted to see them interact at the ending stage too.
An interaction of Sunghoon and Junhwan 😭😭😭 They tap each others back/shoulder (probably saying they did a good job) 🥺🤍 I’M SO HAPPY THEY MET AND HAD THE CHANCE TO PERFORM TOGETHER 😭🤍 pic.twitter.com/qg3N2UX3Qx
— aly🦊 is seeing enha ✨ (@pocketz_enha) December 24, 2022
Just as the pre-performance VCR video explained, the “two people are blooming on their respective paths.”
[The two boys who ran towards their dreams]
👤: Hello, I’m a figure skating athlete, Cha Junhwan~
🐧: Hello, I’m ENHYPEN’s Sunghoon~
🐧: What I remember from Cha Junhwan, he’s really talented and he was really good with dance motions
— ENHYPEN UPDATES (@enhaupdates) December 24, 2022
Sunghoon and Cha Jun Hwan’s journeys have veered off the same path for awhile but it’s heartwarming to see them reunite for a brief moment.