Lee Seung-hoon

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Lee Seung-hoon
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Personal information
Born (1988-03-06) 6 March 1988 (age 26)
Seoul, South Korea
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)[1]
Weight 70 kg (150 lb; 11 st)[1]
Sport
Country  South Korea
Sport Speed skating
Short track speed skating

Lee Seung-hoon (Hangul: 이승훈, Hanja: 李承勳[9]) (born 6 March 1988)[1] is a South Korean speed skater. He won a gold medal in the 10000 metres and a silver medal in the 5000 meters at the 2010 Winter Olympics, becoming the first Asian man to ever achieve these feats. He was a short track speed skater, winning the 2008 World Championship 3000 m super-final and three gold medals at the 2009 Winter Universiade. Lee converted to long track in September 2009, as he failed to earn his spot on the South Korea national short track team in the national trials.

Early life[edit]

Lee Seung-hoon started skating when he was in first grade at Lila Elementary School. However, when the Asian Financial Crisis hit South Korea, his father's business failed in 1998 when he was in the fourth grade. Lee's parents tried to get their son to give up skating because they could not afford the training fee any more. Although they sold their car, Lee insisted on continuing skating and went to the ice rink by bus. Lee was a short track speed skater at Sinmonk High School and Korea National Sport University, but the competition between skaters was very high. Lee was evaluated as a rising rookie, but could not surpass Ahn Hyun-Soo and Lee Ho-Suk.[10][11]

Lee faced a wall after he was not selected as a national player in the South Korean national competition held in April 2009. Since Lee was expected to become one of the national skaters, his frustration over the result could have led him to give up skating. However, after a long consideration, Lee declared in front of his family that he would switch to long track speed skating. Lee assumed he could at least become a candidate in the other genre even though Choi Geun-won was considered the long track speed skater going to represent South Korea. Lee excelled, skating a record of 6 minutes 48 seconds and defeating Choi to become a South Korean national skater.[10]

Lee has been close friends with gold medalists Mo Tae-bum and Lee Sang-hwa since they were in grade school. In speed skating at the 2010 Winter Olympics, Mo won the gold medal at the men's 500 meter race and took silver at the 1000 meter race, while Lee Sang-hwa won the women's 500 meters. All of them are currently juniors at Korea National Sport University.[11]

Career[edit]

One of Lee's first major international competitions was at the 2009 Winter Universiade in Harbin, China. Lee captured three gold medals in short track speed skating in the 1000, 1500 and 3000 metre events, a feat only bettered by countryman Sung Si-Bak during the 2007 Winter Universiade in Turin, Italy, winning every distance, the 500, 1000, 1500, 3000 and 5000 m relay. Regardless of his successes Lee shocked many observers by failing to earn a spot on South Korea's national short track team in April 2009. Later that year in September, Lee switched from short track to long track speed skating.[12]

On 4 January 2010, in an interview with Arirang, Lee was quoted during an interview as saying: "I would like to tear down the barriers and show the world that Asians can excel in the speed skating program, too, not just in the short track program."[13] Most commentators pointed out that at the time no Asian had ever won a medal in long distance speed skating categories at the Olympics.[14] Relatively obscure in his new field, Lee surprised everyone by finishing the men's 5000 meters in a time of 6 minutes, 16.95 seconds at the 2010 Winter Olympics, placing second only behind Sven Kramer of the Netherlands who clocked in at 6 minutes, 14.60 seconds.[14] He then went on to win the gold medal in the 10000 meter final, after Kramer was disqualified for finishing in the wrong lane.[2] Lee stated afterward: "My coaches told me at first that Kramer had made a mistake and I saw it on the replay they were showing on the big screen. I want to compete with Kramer again."[15]

Records[edit]

Personal records[edit]

Personal records[16]
Men's speed skating
Distance Time Date Location Notes
500 m 37.36 18 February 2012 Russia
Moscow
1000 m 1:23.90 1 December 2001 South Korea
Seoul
1500 m 1:47.38 17 August 2013 United States
Salt Lake City
3000 m 3:39.43 12 August 2012 Canada
Calgary
NR
5000 m 6:07.04 10 November 2013 Canada
Calgary
NR
10000 m 12:57.27 19 February 2011 United States
Salt Lake City
NR

Olympic records[edit]

Distance Time Date Location Source
10000 m 12:58.55 24 February 2010 Richmond [17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Seung-Hoon Lee, Speed Skating". Infostrada Sports. 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-13. 
  2. ^ a b "Kramer and Kemkers will continue to work together". Canadian Television. 2010-02-24. Retrieved 2010-02-25. 
  3. ^ "Kramer captures gold in 5,000m". Canadian Television. 2010-02-13. Retrieved 2010-02-13. 
  4. ^ a b "Wang Meng takes women's, Lee Ho-Suk men's 1000 meters". China Daily. 2008-03-10. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  5. ^ "FACTBOX-Olympics-Speedskating-Gold medallist Lee Seung-hoon". Reuters. 2010-02-23. Retrieved 2010-03-01. 
  6. ^ "World Championships Begin in Beijing". World Short Track. 2005-03-11. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  7. ^ a b c "Lee Seung-hoon Becomes Triple Gold Medallist". Korea Times. 2009-02-24. Retrieved 2010-02-13. 
  8. ^ "Lee Seung Hoon wins South Korea's second gold". SINA. 2009-02-20. Retrieved 2010-02-13. 
  9. ^ 이승훈 (Korean) Korean National Team official website
  10. ^ a b (2010-2-24) <가난ㆍ시련도 이승훈 `빙상의지' 못 꺾어>(종합) (Korean) Yonhap.
  11. ^ a b (2010-2-25) “상화 까칠녀” “승훈 품절남” “태범 모터범” (Korean) The Hankyoryeh.
  12. ^ "Kramer Takes Gold, Lee Dreams In Speed Skating". CBS Sports. 13 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  13. ^ "Arirang Today 07:00". Arirang. 4 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-13. 
  14. ^ a b "Lee Seung-hoon Surprises With 5,000-Meter Silver Medal". The Korea Times. 15 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-16. 
  15. ^ "S. Korean Lee Enjoys Lucky Gold in Men's 10,000m Speed Skating". CRIEnglish. 24 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  16. ^ "Seung-Hoon Lee". Speed Skating Base. 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-01. 
  17. ^ "Speed Skating – Men’s 10,000 Metre". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2010-02-24. Retrieved 2010-02-13. 

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