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Lee Seung-Hoon

Korea

SportShort Track
NOCKorea
Born06 Mar 1988 in Seoul 
GenderMen
FamilyWife Doo Solbi
ResidenceSeoul, KOR
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesKorean
Higher educationPhysical Education - Korea National Sport University: Seoul, KOR
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
World Championships
Event  
World Championships
    1500m     1  
    5000m Relay 1 1    
World Junior Championships
Event  
World Junior Championships
    2000m Relay 1      
World Team Championships
Event  
World Team Championships
    Team     1  
Social Media
Social Media
instagram.com/seunghoon36525/  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Training RegimeHe trains for up to eight hours a day.  
Name of coachRoy Boeve [Vakwerk], NED  
Club / TeamKorean Air [KOR] / AB Vakwerk [NED]:  
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 originally involved in short track before switching to 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. (SportsDeskOnline, 23 Oct 2017; chosun.com, 24 Feb 2010)  
Awards and honoursHe was presented with the Best Athlete Award at the 2010 and 2018 Coca-Cola Athletics Awards in Republic of Korea. (jkn.co.kr, 29 Mar 2010; sports.donga.com, 21 Mar 2018)

He was part of the team that received the Best Group Award at the 2014 Coca-Cola Athletics Awards in 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)
 
Other informationINTERNATIONAL FIRST
He became the first male speed skater to win a gold medal in mass start at the Olympic Games, following his victory in the inaugural mass start race at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang. (english.chosun.com, 26 Feb 2018; SportsDeskOnline, 28 Sep 2018)

STRONG 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)
 
Hero / IdolKorean footballer Park Ji-Sung. (sportsseoul.com, 09 June 2010)  
AmbitionsTo win a medal at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. (nocutnews.co.kr, 26 Feb 2018)  
NicknamesGgotminam Skater ['ggotminam' refers to a person with an attractive face] (newsen.com, 06 Mar 2010)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Old but gold." (news.chosun.com, 29 Mar 2018)  
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
    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