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Lee Seung-Hoon

Korea

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSKOR10603198801
NOCKorea
Born06 Mar 1988 in  Seoul
GenderMen
Marital statusMarried
FamilyWife Du Solbi
ResidenceSeoul, KOR
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesKorean
Higher educationPhysical Education - Korea National Sport University: Seoul, KOR
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 36.34 07 Mar 2015 Calgary  
    1000m 1:23.90 01 Dec 2001 Seoul  
    1500m 1:44.83 03 Dec 2017 Calgary  
    5000m 6:07.04 10 Nov 2013 Calgary  
    10000m 12:57.27 19 Feb 2011 Salt Lake City, UT  
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
Olympic Games
Event  
Olympic Games
    5000m   1    
    10000m 1      
    Mass Start 16 Laps 1      
    Team Pursuit 8 Laps   2    
World Single Distances Championships
Event  
World Single Distances Championships
    5000m   1    
    Mass Start 16 Laps 1      
    Team Pursuit 8 Laps   1 1  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Training RegimeHe trains for up to eight hours a day.  
Name of coachBaek Chul-Gi [national], KOR; Bob de Jong [national], NED  
Club / TeamKorean Air: Jeju, KOR  
Reason for choosing this sportHe was influenced by his older sister. He made the switch from short track to speed skating after failing to make the Korean short track team ahead of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.  
When and where did you begin this sport?He began skating in 1994 in Seoul, Republic of Korea. He took up speed skating in 2009.  
General Interest
General Interest
Other sportsHe has represented the Republic of Korea in short track and was part of the 5000m relay team that claimed gold at the 2008 World Championships in Gangneung, Republic of Korea. He has also competed in speed skating, winning gold in the 10,000m at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (SportsDeskOnline, 23 Oct 2017; chosun.com, 24 Feb 2010)  
Awards and honoursHe was part of the team that received the Best Group Award at the 2014 Coca-Cola Athletics Awards Ceremony in the Republic of Korea. (etoday.co.kr, 12 Mar 2014)

In 2011 he was given the Best Performance Award by the Korean Olympic Committee [KOC]. He was also presented with the KOC President's Award in the same year. (dt.co.kr, 24 Feb 2011)

He was named Best Athlete at the 2010 Coca-Cola Athletics Awards Ceremony. (jkn.co.kr, 29 Mar 2010)
 
Other informationSTRONG CORNERS
He believes his background in short track gives him an advantage over his rivals when skating round the corners. "When I saw other countries' international skaters race in the corners, I thought they looked like beginners. I don't want to criticise others, but compared to short trackers the long track skaters' skill on the corner is low." (koreatimes.co.kr, 15 Jan 2010)

ENDURANCE
Despite competing in the relatively shorter distances in short track, he chose to concentrate on the 5000m and 10,000m when he moved to speed skating. "The reason I chose the 5000m, not the 500m or 1500m, is because my strength is stamina and my weakness is quickness. I'm not that tall, but I'm proud of my stamina. If there were a 20,000m event, I guarantee that I'd win it." (koreatimes.co.kr, 15 Jan 2010)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has served as an ambassador for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang and the 2010 Tour de Korea. (mydaily.co.kr, 14 May 2015; naver.com, 07 Dec 2014)
 
Hero / IdolKorean footballer Park Ji-Sung. (sportsseoul.com, 09 June 2010)  
AmbitionsTo win medals in the 5000m, 10,000m, team pursuit and mass start at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (news.chosun.com, 19 Oct 2017)  
NicknamesGgotminam Skater ['ggotminam' refers to a person with an attractive face]. (newsen.com, 06 Mar 2010)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Speed skating is a battle with yourself. You don't need to think about anything, you just keep focusing on your own skating. When I was a short track skater, I had to constantly worry about all the other skaters during the race." (koreatimes.co.kr, 15 Jan 2010)  
Memorable sporting achievementWinning silver in the 5000m and gold in the 10,000m at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, and claiming silver in team pursuit at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2017, 09 Feb 2017)  
Most influential person in careerHis parents. (Athlete, 09 Feb 2017)  
InjuriesHe cut his right calf on his skating blade after falling during the team pursuit at the 2017 World Single Distances Championships in Gangneung, Republic of Korea. He required eight stitches in the wound. (hankookilbo.com, 20 Feb 2017)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2018 Olympic Games Mass Start 16 Laps1  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps1  
    2010 Olympic Games 10000m1  
    2018 Olympic Games Team Pursuit 8 Laps2  
    2014 Olympic Games Team Pursuit 8 Laps2  
    2012/2013 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 8 Laps2  
    2010/2011 World Single Distances Championships 5000m2  
    2010 Olympic Games 5000m2  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 8 Laps3  
    2018 Olympic Games 10000m4  
    2014 Olympic Games 10000m4  
    2012/2013 World Single Distances Championships 10000m4  
    2010/2011 World Single Distances Championships 10000m4  
    2010 Olympic Games Team Pursuit 8 Laps5  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 8 Laps5  
    2018 Olympic Games 5000m5  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships 10000m7  
    2011/2012 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 8 Laps7  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships 5000m8  
    2012/2013 World Single Distances Championships 5000m8  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 10000m10  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps12  
    2014 Olympic Games 5000m12  
    2014/2015 World Allround Championships Allround13  
    2011/2012 World Allround Championships Allround15  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2014/2015 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps1  
    2016/2017 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps1  
    2014/2015 World Cup Berlin Mass Start 16 Laps1  
    2016/2017 World Cup Stavanger Mass Start 16 Laps1  
    2017/2018 World Cup Heerenveen Mass Start 16 Laps1  
    2017/2018 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT Mass Start 16 Laps1  
    2016/2017 World Cup Harbin Mass Start 16 Laps1  
    2014/2015 World Cup Heerenveen Team Pursuit 8 Laps1  
    2017/2018 World Cup Heerenveen Team Pursuit 8 Laps1  
    2010/2011 World Cup Berlin 5000m1  
    2011/2012 World Cup Astana Mass Start 20 Laps1  
    2014/2015 World Cup Obihiro Mass Start 16 Laps1  
    2014/2015 World Cup Hamar Mass Start 16 Laps1  
    2014/2015 World Cup Heerenveen Mass Start 16 Laps2  
    2016/2017 World Cup Heerenveen Mass Start 16 Laps2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Berlin Team Pursuit 8 Laps2  
    2012/2013 World Cup Heerenveen Team Pursuit 8 Laps2  
    2014/2015 World Cup Obihiro Team Pursuit 8 Laps2  
    2016/2017 World Cup Nagano Team Pursuit 8 Laps2  
    2010/2011 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 10000m2  
    2012/2013 World Cup Astana Team Pursuit 8 Laps2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Heerenveen Team Pursuit 8 Laps2  
    2015/2016 World Cup Calgary, AB Team Pursuit 8 Laps2  
    2013/2014 World Cup Berlin Team Pursuit 8 Laps2  
    2012/2013 World Cup Erfurt Team Pursuit 8 Laps2  
    2014/2015 World Cup Berlin Team Pursuit 8 Laps2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Hamar Team Pursuit 8 Laps2  
    2015/2016 World Cup Heerenveen Mass Start 16 Laps3  
    2014/2015 World Cup Seoul Mass Start 16 Laps3  
    2016/2017 World Cup Astana Mass Start 16 Laps3  
    2016/2017 World Cup Harbin Team Pursuit 8 Laps3  
    2012/2013 World Cup Erfurt 10000m3  
    2012/2013 World Cup Astana 10000m3  
    2013/2014 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT Team Pursuit 8 Laps3  
    2013/2014 World Cup Calgary, AB 5000m3  
    2013/2014 World Cup Calgary, AB Team Pursuit 8 Laps3  
    2012/2013 World Cup Heerenveen Team Pursuit 8 Laps3  
    2013/2014 World Cup Berlin 5000m3  
    2012/2013 World Cup 5000/10000m4  
    2011/2012 World Cup Mass Start 20 Laps5  
    2012/2013 World Cup Mass Start 20 Laps6  
    2013/2014 World Cup 5000/10000m7  
    2014/2015 World Cup Overall8  
    2010/2011 World Cup 5000/10000m8  
    2016/2017 World Cup Overall9  
    2015/2016 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps9  
    2014/2015 World Cup 5000/10000m10  
    2012/2013 World Cup Overall11  
    2009/2010 World Cup 5000/10000m12  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1500m16  
    2013/2014 World Cup Overall19  
    2011/2012 World Cup 5000/10000m19  
    2011/2012 World Cup Overall20  
    2016/2017 World Cup 5000/10000m21  
    2015/2016 World Cup 5000/10000m21  
    2015/2016 World Cup Overall32  
    2010/2011 World Cup 1500m39  
    2011/2012 World Cup 1500m42  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1500m46