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Lee Jung-Su

Korea

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSTKOR13011198901
NOCKorea
Born30 Nov 1989 in  Seoul
GenderMen
ResidenceSeoul, KOR
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesKorean
Higher educationPhysical Education - Dankook University: Yongin, KOR
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/jungsu.lee.391  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?He began skating at age 12 at the ice rink in front of his elementary school.  
Club / TeamGoyang City: Korea  
Reason for choosing this sportHe took up the sport as a hobby.  
General Interest
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievementWinning gold in the 1000m and 1500m at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (Athlete, 09 Dec 2015)  
Most influential person in careerHis family, his coaches, and Russian short track skater Victor An. (Athlete, 09 Dec 2015)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"The goal is perfection and I won't settle for anything else." (NBC, 10 Feb 2010)  
Famous relativesHis older sister has competed as a professional wakeboarder. (NBC, 10 Feb 2010)  
Hero / IdolPortuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, Russian short track skater Victor An. (Athlete, 09 Dec 2015)  
HobbiesWatching movies. (joins.com, 17 Apr 2014)  
InjuriesHe injured his back during the 2011/12 season and was unable to skate for about five months. (samsamstory.com, 15 May 2014; joins.com, 07 Apr 2014)

He injured his ankle during the 2011/12 season. (icenews.co.kr, 04 Feb 2012)
 
Other sportsPrimarily a short track skater, having won two gold medals in the sport at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, he switched to speed skating ahead of both the 2014 and 2018 Games in an attempt to be selected for the Korean Olympic team. (SportsDeskOnline, 16 Oct 2017; joins.com, 11 Aug 2017; sbs.co.kr, 22 Oct 2013)  
AmbitionsTo compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (samsamstory.com, 15 May 2014)  
Awards and honoursHe received an Excellence Group Award with his teammates, and was also named Best New Athlete at the 2010 Coca-Cola Athletics Awards Ceremony in the Republic of Korea. (yonhapnews.co.kr, 31 Mar 2010)  
Other informationSWITCHING DISCIPLINES
After failing to gain selection for the Korean short track team ahead of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, he switched to speed skating in an attempt to qualify for the event. He did not finish high enough at the Olympic trials, and in April 2014 he announced he would be returning to short track. He made the same switch in August 2017 to try and gain selection for the national speed skating team ahead of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. His focus was specifically the mass start event. (joins.com, 11 Aug 2017; samsamstory.com, 15 May 2014; newsis.com, 28 Feb 2014; sbs.co.kr, 22 Oct 2013; ohmynews.com, 06 Jun 2013)

RACE FIXING
In May 2010 he was banned from competition for three years by the Korea Skating Union [KSU] as a result of his involvement in rigging the outcome of short track races. Along with national teammate Kwak Yoon-Gy, he was punished by a special joint committee that comprised of members of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Korean Olympic Committee [KOC] and the KSU. The pair later had their suspensions reduced to six months on appeal, but Kwak's coach Jeon Jae-Mok was given a life ban. (unn.net, 03 Feb 2011; usatoday.com, 19 May 2010; koreatimes.co.kr, 05 May 2010)
 
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