|Born||September 13, 1972
Seoul, South Korea
Bang Soo-Hyun (Hangul: 방수현, Hanja: 方銖賢) (born September 13, 1972 in Seoul) is a former badminton player from South Korea who was one of the world's leading women's singles players of the 1990s. She was a contemporary and rival of Indonesia's Susi Susanti and China's Ye Zhaoying and recorded wins over both in major badminton tournaments. Noted for a style that combined impressive power and movement, she retired from competition after her victory in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, shortly before her 24th birthday.
Bang competed in badminton at the 1992 Summer Olympics in women's singles. She had a bye in the first round, defeated Catrine Bengtsson of Sweden in the second and Hisuko Mizui of Japan in the third. In quarterfinals Bang Soo-hyun edged Sarwendah Kusumawardhani of Indonesia 11-2, 3-11, 12-11 to advance to the semifinals. There, she beat the reigning world champion Tang Jiuhong of China 11-3, 11-2. In the final, she lost to Indonesia's Susi Susanti 11-5, 5-11, 3-11 to finish with the silver medal.
Bang also competed in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. She won the gold medal in women's singles without dropping a game in any match, defeating Susi Susanti in semifinals 11-9, 11-8, and Mia Audina in the final, 11-6, 11-7.
Bang won the quadrennial Asian Games in 1994, and the prestigious All England Open Badminton Championships over Ye Zhaoying in 1996, having been a runner-up in close matches in both 1992 and 1993. Her other titles included the Welsh (1989), Hong Kong (1992), Korea (1993, 1994, 1996), Swedish (1993, 1994), and Canadian (1995) Opens.
|Outcome||Event||Year||Venue||Opponent in the final||Score in the final|
|1||Singles||1996||Atlanta, United States||Mia Audina||11-6, 11-7|
|2||Singles||1992||Barcelona, Spain||Susi Susanti||11-5, 5-11, 3-11|
|2||Singles||1993||Birmingham, England||Susi Susanti||11-7, 9-11, 3-11|
|1||Singles||1994||Hiroshima, Japan||Hisako Mizui||11-4, 11-6|
|All England Open|
|1||Singles||1996||Birmingham, England||Ye Zhaoying||11-1, 11-1|
|2||Singles||1993||London, England||Susi Susanti||11-4, 4-11, 1-11|
|2||Singles||1992||London, England||Tang Jiuhong||12-9, 10-12, 1-11|
|Other Open Tournaments|
|1||Singles||1996||Korea Open||Yao Yan||11-3, 11-0|
|1||Singles||1995||Canadian Open||Ra Kyung-min||11-0, 11-7|
|1||Singles||1994||Hong Kong Open||Lim Xiaoqing||11-7, 11-6|
|1||Singles||1994||Swedish Open||Kim Ji-hyun||6-11, 11-5, 11-3|
|1||Singles||1994||Korea Open||Kim Ji-hyun||11-5, 11-5|
|1||Singles||1993||Swedish Open||Lee Heung-soon||11-2, 11-6|
|1||Singles||1993||Korea Open||Susi Susanti||12-9, 11-5|
|1||Singles||1992||Hong Kong Open||Susi Susanti||5-11, 11-6, 11-7|
Record Against Selected Opponents
Includes results against World Championships semifinalists and Olympic quarterfinalists, as well as all Olympic opponents.