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Lee Seung-Hoon

Republic of Korea

SportShort Track
NOCRepublic of Korea
Born06 Mar 1988 in Seoul 
FamilyWife Doo Sol-Bi
Higher educationPhysical Education - Korea National Sport University: Seoul, KOR
Main Achievements
Main Achievements
World Championships
World Championships
    1500m     1  
    5000m Relay 1 1    
World Junior Championships
World Junior Championships
    2000m Relay 1      
World Team Championships
World Team Championships
    Team     1  
Social Media
Social Media  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Club / TeamIHQ: Republic of Korea  
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 was involved in short track before switching to speed skating in 2009.  
Name of coachLee Kyou-Hyuk [club], KOR  
General Interest
General Interest
MilestonesHe became the first athlete from any sport representing the Republic of Korea to have won six medals at the Olympic Winter Games with bronze in the mass start at the 2022 Games in Beijing. He also has gold medals in the 10,000m [2010] and mass start [2018], and silver medals in the 5000m [2010] and team pursuit [2014 and 2018]. (SportsDeskOnline, 20 Nov 2022;, 20 Oct 2022;, 19 Feb 2022)

He became the first male speed skater to win gold in the mass start event at the Olympic Winter Games by claiming victory in the inaugural mass start race at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang. (SportsDeskOnline, 28 Sep 2018;, 26 Feb 2018)
Other informationSANCTION
In July 2019 he was suspended for one year by the Korea Skating Union [KSU] after he was found to have physically assaulted two younger teammates. He returned to competition in November 2020. (, 25 Nov 2020;, 19 Nov 2020;, 04 Aug 2020; YouTube channel, 04 Aug 2020)

Despite competing in the relatively shorter distances in short track, he chose to concentrate on the 5000m and 10,000m when he switched 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." (, 15 Jan 2010)
NicknamesGgotminam Skater ['ggotminam' refers to a person with an attractive face] (, 06 Mar 2010)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Old but gold." (, 29 Mar 2018)  
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. (SportsDeskOnline, 23 Oct 2017;, 24 Feb 2010)  
Awards and honoursIn 2010 and 2018 he was presented with the Best Athlete Award at the Coca-Cola Athletics Awards in the Republic of Korea. (, 21 Mar 2018;, 29 Mar 2010)

He was part of the team that received the Best Group Award at the 2014 Coca-Cola Athletics Awards in the Republic of Korea. (, 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. (, 24 Feb 2011)
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. (, 20 Feb 2017)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2004/2005 World Junior Championships 2000m Relay1  
    2007/2008 World Championships 5000m Relay1  
    2004/2005 World Championships 5000m Relay2  
    2004/2005 World Championships 1500m3  
    2007/2008 World Team Championships Team3  
    2007/2008 World Championships 1500m4  
    2007/2008 World Championships Overall4  
    2004/2005 World Championships Overall5  
    2005/2006 World Junior Championships Overall5  
    2004/2005 World Championships 1000m6  
    2005/2006 World Junior Championships 2000m Relay7  
    2004/2005 World Championships 500m12  
    2007/2008 World Championships 1000m21  
    2007/2008 World Championships 500m47  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2007/2008 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 1500m1  
    2007/2008 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 5000m Relay1  
    2007/2008 World Cup Quebec City 5000m Relay1  
    2007/2008 World Cup Quebec City 1500m2  
    2007/2008 World Cup Harbin 1500m2  
    2007/2008 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 1000m2  
    2006/2007 World Cup Budapest 5000m Relay2  
    2007/2008 World Cup 1500m3  
    2006/2007 World Cup Budapest 500m3  
    2007/2008 World Cup 1000m10  
    2007/2008 World Cup 500m19  
    2006/2007 World Cup 500m41