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Kwak Yoon-Gy

Korea

SportShort Track
FederationIDSTKOR12612198901
NOCKorea
Born26 Dec 1989 in Seoul 
GenderMen
ResidenceSeoul, KOR
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesKorean
Higher educationSport and Recreation Studies - Yonsei University: Seoul, KOR
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 40.239 13 Dec 2014 Shanghai  
    1000m 1:23.007 21 Oct 2012 Calgary  
    1500m 2:09.548 10 Dec 2011 Shanghai  
    3000m 4:40.401 11 Mar 2012 Shanghai  
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
Olympic Games
Event  
Olympic Games
    5000m Relay   1    
World Championships
Event  
World Championships
    500m   1 1  
    1000m 1 1    
    1500m 1 2    
    5000m Relay 2   2  
    Overall 1 1    
World Junior Championships
Event  
World Junior Championships
    Overall     1  
World Team Championships
Event  
World Team Championships
    Team 2   1  
Social Media
Social Media
instagram.com/yoongykwak/  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Training RegimeHe trains for up to seven hours a day.  
Name of coachMo Ji-Soo [club], KOR; Song Kyung-Taek [national], KOR  
Reason for choosing this sportHe began training in short track as a hobby in order to increase his fitness.  
When and where did you begin this sport?He began skating at age six at an ice rink in Mokdong, Republic of Korea.  
Club / TeamGoyang City Office: Korea  
General Interest
General Interest
HobbiesFashion, dancing. (Icon TV's YouTube channel, 11 Feb 2015; joins.com, 17 Apr 2014)  
Other informationRACE 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 Lee Jung-Su, 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)
 
Memorable sporting achievementBecoming overall champion at the 2012 World Championships in Shanghai, People's Republic of China. (Athlete, 11 Feb 2016)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Enjoy hard training sessions." (Athlete, 11 Feb 2016)  
InjuriesHe had a metal pin inserted into his ankle in March 2013, which meant he was unable to compete at the 2013 World Championships in Debrecen, Hungary. He returned to competition one month later. (Athlete, 09 Dec 2015; mediaus.co.kr, 15 Apr 2013; ohmynews.com, 27 Feb 2013)  
AmbitionsTo compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Icon TV's YouTube channel, 11 Feb 2015; joins.com, 17 Apr 2014)  
Awards and honoursHe and his teammates received an Excellent Group Award at the 2010 Coca-Cola Athletics Awards Ceremony in the Republic of Korea. The honour was in recognition of their performance in the 5000m relay at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (yonhapnews.co.kr, 31 Mar 2010)  
Hero / IdolRussian short track skater Victor An, Korean short track skater Kim Dong-Sung. (Icon TV's YouTube channel, 11 Feb 2015)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2009/2010 World Championships 1500m1  
    2011/2012 World Championships 1000m1  
    2011/2012 World Championships Overall1  
    2009/2010 World Championships 5000m Relay1  
    2009/2010 World Team Championships Team1  
    2007/2008 World Championships 5000m Relay1  
    2008/2009 World Team Championships Team1  
    2009/2010 World Championships 1000m2  
    2008/2009 World Championships 500m2  
    2009/2010 World Championships Overall2  
    2008/2009 World Championships 1500m2  
    2011/2012 World Championships 1500m2  
    2010 Olympic Games 5000m Relay2  
    2004/2005 World Junior Championships Overall3  
    2011/2012 World Championships 500m3  
    2015/2016 World Championships 5000m Relay3  
    2007/2008 World Team Championships Team3  
    2011/2012 World Championships 5000m Relay3  
    2008/2009 World Championships 1000m4  
    2008/2009 World Championships Overall4  
    2010 Olympic Games 500m4  
    2015/2016 World Championships 1000m6  
    2008/2009 World Championships 5000m Relay6  
    2015/2016 World Championships 1500m8  
    2015/2016 World Championships 500m10  
    2015/2016 World Championships Overall11  
    2009/2010 World Championships 500m31  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2015/2016 World Cup 1500m1  
    2011/2012 World Cup 1000m1  
    2012/2013 World Cup 1000m1  
    2009/2010 World Cup Beijing 500m1  
    2008/2009 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 1000m1  
    2008/2009 World Cup Sofia 1000m1  
    2011/2012 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 1000m1  
    2011/2012 World Cup Moscow 1000m1  
    2007/2008 World Cup Quebec City 500m1  
    2011/2012 World Cup Nagoya 1000m1  
    2011/2012 World Cup Shanghai 1000m1  
    2008/2009 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 5000m Relay1  
    2014/2015 World Cup Montreal, QC 5000m Relay1  
    2015/2016 World Cup Shanghai 1000m1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Shanghai 1000m1  
    2014/2015 World Cup Shanghai 500m1  
    2014/2015 World Cup Shanghai 5000m Relay1  
    2015/2016 World Cup Montreal, QC 1500m1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Shanghai 1000m1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Montreal, QC 1000m1  
    2015/2016 World Cup Toronto, ON 1500m1  
    2007/2008 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 5000m Relay1  
    2011/2012 World Cup Saguenay, QC 5000m Relay1  
    2007/2008 World Cup Heerenveen 5000m Relay1  
    2009/2010 World Cup Montreal, QC 5000m Relay1  
    2009/2010 World Cup Beijing 5000m Relay1  
    2009/2010 World Cup Seoul 5000m Relay1  
    2007/2008 World Cup Turin 5000m Relay1  
    2007/2008 World Cup Quebec City 5000m Relay1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Calgary, AB 5000m Relay1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Shanghai 5000m Relay1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Montreal, QC 5000m Relay1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Nagoya 5000m Relay1  
    2008/2009 World Cup 1000m2  
    2007/2008 World Cup 500m2  
    2008/2009 World Cup Beijing 1000m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 1500m2  
    2007/2008 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 500m2  
    2007/2008 World Cup Kobe 1000m2  
    2008/2009 World Cup Nagano 1000m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Dordrecht 500m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Saguenay, QC 1500m2  
    2008/2009 Dresden 500m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Nagoya 1000m2  
    2015/2016 World Cup Toronto, ON 5000m Relay2  
    2012/2013 World Cup Calgary, AB 1500m2  
    2014/2015 World Cup Seoul 1000m2  
    2014/2015 Erzurum 5000m Relay2  
    2014/2015 World Cup Seoul 3000m2  
    2015/2016 World Cup Nagoya 500m2  
    2015/2016 World Cup Dordrecht 1500m2  
    2008/2009 World Cup Nagano 5000m Relay2  
    2008/2009 Dresden 5000m Relay2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Moscow 5000m Relay2  
    2014/2015 World Cup 500m3  
    2011/2012 World Cup 1500m3  
    2009/2010 World Cup Seoul 1000m3  
    2007/2008 World Cup Heerenveen 500m3  
    2011/2012 World Cup Shanghai 1500m3  
    2007/2008 World Cup Kobe 500m3  
    2008/2009 World Cup Vancouver 500m3  
    2015/2016 Dresden 1500m3  
    2015/2016 World Cup Toronto, ON 1000m3  
    2015/2016 World Cup Shanghai 1500m3  
    2015/2016 World Cup Dordrecht 500m3  
    2012/2013 World Cup Sochi 1500m3  
    2014/2015 Dresden 500m3  
    2014/2015 World Cup Montreal, QC 500m3  
    2012/2013 World Cup Calgary, AB 1000m3  
    2011/2012 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 5000m Relay3  
    2011/2012 World Cup Dordrecht 5000m Relay3  
    2009/2010 World Cup Marquette, MI 5000m Relay3  
    2009/2010 World Cup 500m4  
    2008/2009 World Cup 500m4  
    2015/2016 Dresden 5000m Relay4  
    2014/2015 Dresden 5000m Relay4  
    2014/2015 Dresden 1500m4  
    2015/2016 Dresden 1500m4  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1000m5  
    2009/2010 World Cup 1000m7  
    2015/2016 World Cup 500m9  
    2012/2013 World Cup 1500m9  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1500m10  
    2007/2008 World Cup 1000m13  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1000m15  
    2011/2012 World Cup 500m16  
    2014/2015 Erzurum 1000m16  
    2007/2008 World Cup 1500m29  
    2008/2009 Dresden 1000m39  
    2014/2015 Erzurum 500m39  
    2012/2013 World Cup 500m80