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Um Cheonho

Korea

SportShort Track
FederationIDSTKOR12502199201
NOCKorea
Born25 Feb 1992 in Seoul 
GenderMen
ResidenceSeoul, KOR
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesKorean
Higher educationPhysical Education - Korea National Sport University: Seoul, KOR
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 41.472 19 Dec 2013 Trento  
    1000m 1:25.079 20 Dec 2013 Trento  
    1500m 2:13.338 09 Jan 2009 Sherbrooke  
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
World Junior Championships
Event  
World Junior Championships
    Overall 1      
World Team Championships
Event  
World Team Championships
    Team 1      
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/cheonho.um  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sportThe elementary school he attended was well known for having a successful short track team. He was also inspired by Korean skater Kim Dong-Sung, who won gold at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano. However, he had persistent injury problems while training in short track and was later encouraged to switch to speed skating by Korean Olympian Lee Kyou-Hyuk.  
Club / TeamKorea National Sport University: Incheon, KOR  
When and where did you begin this sport?He began skating in 1997 at Lila Elementary School in Seoul, Republic of Korea. He initially decided to focus on short track in middle school before switching to speed skating in 2016.  
Name of coachChoi Jae-Bong [club], KOR  
General Interest
General Interest
Most influential person in careerCoach Lee Jun-Ho. (Athlete, 15 Nov 2019)  
Famous relativesHis older brother Um Cheon-Hee represented the Republic of Korea in roller speed skating at the 2006 World Championships in Anyang, Republic of Korea. (Athlete, 15 Nov 2019; yonhapnews.co.kr, 07 Sep 2006)  
NicknamesUmddung [due to his physical fitness]. (Athlete, 15 Nov 2019; Facebook profile, 05 Jun 2019)  
InjuriesHe underwent three surgeries on his left ankle and five on his right ankle between 2007 and 2015. "The most difficult surgery was the one I had ahead of the 2011 Asian Winter Games [in Kazakhstan]. Despite winning silver and gold in the 1500m and 5000m relay at the event, afterwards, I consistently suffered injuries due to the short period of rehabilitation at that time." (Athlete, 15 Nov 2019; MBC News, 27 Dec 2018; Stark TV YouTube channel, 04 Jun 2019; seoul.co.kr, 23 Dec 2019)

In 2009 he fractured his foot after falling in training one day before the Korean selection trials for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. (Athlete, 17 Nov 2018; yonhopnews.co.kr, 14 Oct 2010)
 
Other sportsHe has represented the Republic of Korea in short track, and won gold in the 5000m relay at the 2011 Asian Winter Games in, Kazakhstan. (SportsDeskOnline, 15 Oct 2018)  
Hero / IdolKorean politician and journalist Rhyu Si-Min. (Athlete, 15 Nov 2019; sports.donga.com, 25 Jun 2018)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"The peak of my career has not finished yet, but I keep creating it." (Athlete, 15 Nov 2019)  
HobbiesWatching ball games. (Athlete, 15 Nov 2019)  
AmbitionsTo compete at the 2021 Asian Winter Games and the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. He also aspires to work as a skating coach and to establish a scholarship foundation for children. (Athlete, 15 Nov 2019)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2008/2009 World Junior Championships Overall1  
    2010/2011 World Team Championships Team1  
    2008/2009 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay3  
    2010/2011 World Championships 5000m Relay4  
    2010/2011 World Championships 1500m6  
    2010/2011 World Championships Overall11  
    2010/2011 World Championships 1000m13  
    2010/2011 World Championships 500m37  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2010/2011 Dresden 5000m Relay2  
    2010/2011 Dresden 1500m18  
    2010/2011 Dresden 500m35  
    2010/2011 World Cup 1500m74  
    2010/2011 World Cup 1000m98  
    2010/2011 World Cup 500m108