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Sang-Hwa Lee

Korea

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSKOR22502198901
NOCKorea
Born25 Feb 1989 in  Seoul
GenderWomen
ResidenceSeoul, KOR
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesEnglish, Korean
Higher educationPhysical Education - Korea National Sport University : Seoul, KOR
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 36.36 16 Nov 2013 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1000m 1:13.66 21 Sep 2013 Calgary  
    1500m 2:00.66 07 Sep 2013 Calgary  
    3000m 4:23.60 27 Oct 2002 Calgary  
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
Olympic Games
Event  
Olympic Games
    2 x 500m 2      
World Junior Championships
Event  
World Junior Championships
    Allround     1  
World Single Distances Championships
Event  
World Single Distances Championships
    2 x 500m 2 1 1  
    500m 1 1 1  
World Sprint Championships
Event  
World Sprint Championships
    Overall 1   1  
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/sanghwa.lee.505960  
twitter.com/speed_sanghwa  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Name of coachBaek Chul-Gi [national], KOR  
Club / TeamSports TOTO Skating Team: Gangneung, KOR  
Reason for choosing this sportA coach encouraged her to become a skater after noticing her potential.  
When and where did you begin this sport?She began skating in her first year of school.  
General Interest
General Interest
Awards and honoursIn 2014 she received the Top National Sports Award at the Annual Korean Olympic Committee Awards. (busanhaps.com, 01 Mar 2014; yonhapnews.co.kr, 27 Feb 2014)

In 2014 she was presented with the Grand Prize at the 19th Coca-Cola Sports Awards Ceremony in the Republic of Korea. (yonhapnews.co.kr, 12 Mar 2014; koreaherald.com, 12 Mar 2014)

In 2013 she received the Grand Prize at the MBN Women's Sports Awards Ceremony in the Republic of Korea. (donga.com, 17 Dec 2013)

She was presented with the Korean Olympic Committee President's Award in 2011. (yonhapnews.co.kr, 18 Feb 2011)

She received the Best Athlete Award at the Korea Women's Sports Awards Ceremony in 2010. (sbs.co.kr, 03 Dec 2010)
 
Sporting philosophy / motto"Cheer up." (Athlete, 09 Feb 2017)  
Memorable sporting achievementWinning gold in the 500m at the 2010 and 2014 Olympic Winter Games. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2017)  
AmbitionsTo set a new world record in the 500m, and to win a gold medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (pyeongchang2018.com, 12 Dec 2017; news.sbs.co.kr, 19 Oct 2017)  
Other informationFAMILY SACRIFICE
Her older brother Lee Sang-Jun was also a skater, but their mother could only afford to pay for the training costs of one of her children. At age 13, Sang-Jun gave up skating so Sang-Hwa could continue. (newdaily.co.kr, 19 Feb 2010)

AMBASSADOR
She has served as an ambassador for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang and the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Republic of Korea. (kado.net. 23 Apr 2016; naver.com, 24 Nov 2014)
 
HobbiesPainting her nails, collecting Lego. (joins.com, 07 Nov 2014)  
InjuriesA calf injury caused her to withdraw from the 1000m at the 2017 World Single Distances Championships in Gangneung, Republic of Korea. (sbssports.sbs.co.kr, 11 Feb 2017; yonhapnews.co.kr, 13 Dec 2016)

She has had persistent problems with a chronic left knee injury and was planning to undergo surgery following the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. However, she decided to postpone the operation until after the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang because her condition improved ahead of the 2015/16 season. She continues to have regular rehabilitation on the injury. (Athlete, 09 Feb 2017; yonhapnews.co.kr, 28 Oct 2015; sbs.co.kr, 30 Nov 2014)

She injured her ankle during the 2009/10 season and was unable to train for two months. (samsungfire.com, 03 May 2013)
 
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2011/2012 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m1  
    2012/2013 World Single Distances Championships 500m1  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m1  
    2009/2010 World Sprint Championships Overall1  
    2010 Olympic Games 2 x 500m1  
    2014 Olympic Games 2 x 500m1  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships 500m2  
    2010/2011 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m2  
    2004/2005 World Single Distances Championships 500m3  
    2008/2009 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m3  
    2012/2013 World Sprint Championships Overall3  
    2006/2007 World Single Distances Championships 500m4  
    2007/2008 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m4  
    2006 Olympic Games 2 x 500m5  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m5  
    2008/2009 World Sprint Championships Overall9  
    2007/2008 World Sprint Championships Overall10  
    2011/2012 World Sprint Championships Overall11  
    2014 Olympic Games 1000m11  
    2005/2006 World Sprint Championships Overall12  
    2004/2005 World Single Distances Championships 1000m15  
    2004/2005 World Sprint Championships Overall15  
    2008/2009 World Single Distances Championships 1000m17  
    2007/2008 World Single Distances Championships 1000m18  
    2006 Olympic Games 1000m19  
    2006/2007 World Single Distances Championships 1000m20  
    2010 Olympic Games 1000m23  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2012/2013 World Cup 500m1  
    2006/2007 World Cup Nagano 500m1  
    2005/2006 World Cup Heerenveen 100m1  
    2007/2008 World Cup Erfurt 100m1  
    2006/2007 World Cup Nagano 500m1  
    2006/2007 World Cup Harbin 500m1  
    2013/2014 World Cup Calgary, AB 500m1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Heerenveen 500m1  
    2010/2011 World Cup Changchun 500m1  
    2015/2016 World Cup Calgary, AB 500m1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Harbin 500m1  
    2015/2016 World Cup Inzell 500m1  
    2015/2016 World Cup Heerenveen 500m1  
    2011/2012 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 500m1  
    2013/2014 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 500m1  
    2013/2014 World Cup Astana 500m1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Nagano 500m1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Calgary, AB 500m1  
    2013/2014 World Cup Berlin 500m1  
    2015/2016 World Cup Inzell 500m1  
    2014/2015 World Cup Heerenveen 500m1  
    2014/2015 World Cup Obihiro 500m1  
    2014/2015 World Cup Berlin 500m1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Calgary, AB 500m1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Heerenveen 500m1  
    2013/2014 World Cup Astana 500m1  
    2010/2011 World Cup Changchun 500m1  
    2011/2012 World Cup Astana 500m1  
    2013/2014 World Cup Calgary, AB 500m1  
    2014/2015 World Cup Obihiro 500m1  
    2013/2014 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 500m1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Nagano 500m1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Harbin 500m1  
    2014/2015 World Cup Seoul 500m1  
    2011/2012 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 500m1  
    2014/2015 World Cup Berlin 500m1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Heerenveen 500m1  
    2010/2011 World Cup Obihiro 500m1  
    2006/2007 World Cup Heerenveen 500m1  
    2005/2006 World Cup 100m2  
    2014/2015 World Cup 500m2  
    2010/2011 World Cup 500m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup 500m2  
    2006/2007 World Cup 500m2  
    2006/2007 World Cup Harbin 500m2  
    2006/2007 World Cup Berlin 500m2  
    2006/2007 World Cup Berlin 500m2  
    2007/2008 World Cup Erfurt 100m2  
    2006/2007 World Cup Nagano 100m2  
    2007/2008 World Cup Heerenveen 100m2  
    2007/2008 World Cup Heerenveen 100m2  
    2008/2009 World Cup Nagano 100m2  
    2005/2006 World Cup Heerenveen 500m2  
    2017/2018 World Cup Heerenveen 500m2  
    2010/2011 World Cup Heerenveen 500m2  
    2007/2008 World Cup Heerenveen 500m2  
    2016/2017 World Cup Harbin 500m2  
    2007/2008 World Cup Hamar 500m2  
    2016/2017 World Cup Nagano 500m2  
    2007/2008 World Cup Heerenveen 500m2  
    2010/2011 World Cup Berlin 500m2  
    2015/2016 World Cup Calgary, AB 500m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Heerenveen 500m2  
    2014/2015 World Cup Seoul 500m2  
    2008/2009 World Cup Nagano 500m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Chelyabinsk 500m2  
    2017/2018 World Cup Calgary, AB 500m2  
    2017/2018 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 500m2  
    2017/2018 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 500m2  
    2017/2018 World Cup Heerenveen 500m2  
    2008/2009 World Cup Nagano 500m2  
    2007/2008 World Cup Hamar 500m2  
    2015/2016 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 500m2  
    2008/2009 World Cup Changchun 500m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Berlin 500m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Astana 500m2  
    2014/2015 World Cup Heerenveen 500m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Berlin 500m2  
    2010/2011 World Cup Heerenveen 500m2  
    2010/2011 World Cup Obihiro 500m2  
    2006/2007 World Cup Heerenveen 500m2  
    2006/2007 World Cup 100m3  
    2008/2009 World Cup 500m3  
    2007/2008 World Cup 500m3  
    2008/2009 World Cup Changchun 100m3  
    2008/2009 World Cup Changchun 100m3  
    2006/2007 World Cup Harbin 100m3  
    2008/2009 World Cup Changchun 100m3  
    2005/2006 World Cup Milwaukee, WI 100m3  
    2006/2007 World Cup Calgary 100m3  
    2015/2016 World Cup Inzell 1000m3  
    2005/2006 World Cup Heerenveen 500m3  
    2007/2008 World Cup Erfurt 500m3  
    2010/2011 World Cup Obihiro 1000m3  
    2007/2008 World Cup Heerenveen 500m3  
    2008/2009 World Cup Heerenveen 500m3  
    2009/2010 World Cup Calgary 500m3  
    2008/2009 World Cup Heerenveen 500m3  
    2009/2010 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 500m3  
    2009/2010 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 500m3  
    2009/2010 World Cup Calgary 500m2  
    2008/2009 World Cup Changchun 500m3  
    2016/2017 World Cup Astana 500m3  
    2012/2013 World Cup Heerenveen 500m3  
    2010/2011 World Cup Heerenveen 500m3  
    2017/2018 World Cup Stavanger 500m3  
    2010/2011 World Cup Berlin 500m3  
    2008/2009 World Cup Berlin 500m3  
    2014/2015 World Cup Heerenveen 500m3  
    2008/2009 World Cup Berlin 500m3  
    2015/2016 World Cup 500m4  
    2012/2013 World Cup Overall5  
    2004/2005 World Cup 100m5  
    2007/2008 World Cup 100m5  
    2009/2010 World Cup 500m5  
    2005/2006 World Cup 500m6  
    2013/2014 World Cup Overall7  
    2014/2015 World Cup Overall7  
    2011/2012 World Cup Overall8  
    2008/2009 World Cup 100m8  
    2013/2014 World Cup 1000m10  
    2016/2017 World Cup 500m10  
    2015/2016 World Cup Overall11  
    2006/2007 World Cup 1000m13  
    2004/2005 World Cup 500m14  
    2004/2005 World Cup 1000m16  
    2012/2013 World Cup 1000m17  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1000m17  
    2010/2011 World Cup 1000m17  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1000m20  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1000m21  
    2008/2009 World Cup 1000m21  
    2011/2012 World Cup 1000m22  
    2016/2017 World Cup Overall24  
    2009/2010 World Cup 1000m25  
    2007/2008 World Cup 1000m36  
    2005/2006 World Cup 1000m43