Kim Bo-reum

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Kim Bo-reum
2013 WSDC Sochi - Kim Bo-Reum.JPG
Personal information
Born (1993-02-06) 6 February 1993 (age 25)
Daegu, South Korea
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight 48 kg (106 lb)
Sport
Country  South Korea
Sport Speed skating

Kim Bo-reum (Hangul: 김보름, born 6 February 1993) is a South Korean speed skater. She is the current South Korean record holder in the women's long track speed skating 3000 and 5000 metres.[1] She is a two-time Olympian and specialises in the women's mass start.

Speed skating career[edit]

Kim started short track speed skating as a child.[2] In 2007, at the age of 14, she was selected for the South Korean national junior team and won the gold medal in the women's 2000 metre relay at the Asian Junior Short Track Speed Skating Championships. At the end of April 2010, however, Kim turned to long track speed skating after being inspired by compatriot Lee Seung-hoon, who had similarly switched formats and medalled at the 2010 Winter Olympics.[2] She won her first major medal at the 2011 Asian Winter Games, with a silver in the women's 3000 metres[3] and placed fourth in the women's 5000 metres.[4]

At the 2013 World Single Distance Speed Skating Championships, Kim won bronze in the women's team pursuit with Noh Seon-yeong and Park Do-yeong.[5] She also placed 11th in the women's 1500 metres[6] and 9th in the women's 3000 metres.[7] Later that year, she participated at the 2013 Winter Universiade, winning gold in the women's 1500 metres[8] and women's team pursuit (with Park Do-yeong and Yang Shin-young),[9] as well as silver in the women's 3000 metres[10] and women's 5000 metres.[11] A few months later, she finished 21st in the women's 1500 metres[12] and 13th in the women's 3000 metres at the 2014 Winter Olympics.[13] The South Korean women's team pursuit team of Kim, Noh Seon-yeong and Yang Shin-young also finished last of eight at the Games.[14] She tore her anterior cruciate ligament during the women's 5000 metres, restricting her appearances for the rest of the season.[15]

After a disappointing performance at the 2015 World Championships, Kim came back with a new national record of 7:05.55 for the women's 5000 metres during the 2015–16 ISU Speed Skating World Cup.[16] At the 2016 World Championships, Kim won silver in the women's mass start[17] and placed 7th in the women's 3000 metres.[18] She bettered that result at the 2017 World Championships by winning gold in the women's mass start[19] and placing 6th in the women's 3000 metres with a new national record time of 4:03.85.[20] She was also part of the South Korean women's team pursuit team with Noh Seon-yeong and Park Ji-woo, which finshed 5th.[21] At the 2017 Asian Winter Games, Kim won gold in the women's 5000 metres,[22] silver in the women's 3000 metres[23] and the women's team pursuit, and a bronze in the women's mass start.[2]

At the 2018 Winter Olympics, Kim placed 18th in the women's 3000 metres.[24] After failing to make the semi-finals in the women's team pursuit, Kim gave a television interview where she attributed Noh Seon-yeong for the loss, saying "We were skating well, but the last skater [Noh] couldn't keep up and we had a disappointing score." Her teammate Park Ji-woo added "It wasn't that we didn't think this would happen with Seon-young... "[25] Both skaters faced an immediate backlash, with viewers supporting online petitions demanding their removal from the team; especially after footage was shown of Noh crying while her teammates ignored her, leading to her being comforted by coach Bob de Jong. Reports also stated that Noh had not been invited to participate in of the team's pre-Olympics training sessions, and that Kim and Park had left Noh behind during the race (instead of pushing her ahead as one is supposed to do in the sport).[25][26] Sportswear clothing brand NEPA, which had previously sponsored Kim, announced they would not be extending their contract with her following backlash on their website and social media.[27] Kim later made a public apology for the incident.[28]Her nickname is queen full-moon.

Personal records[edit]

Personal records[29]
Women's speed skating
Event Result Date Location Notes
500 m 40.68 7 March 2015 Olympic Oval, Calgary
1000 m 1:18.12 9 October 2015 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City
1500 m 1:56.12 16 November 2013 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City
3000 m 4:03.85 9 February 2017 Gangneung Oval, Gangneung Current South Korean record.[1]
5000 m 7:05.55 20 November 2015 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City Current South Korean record.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "National Records – Korea (KOR)". www.speedskatingresults.com. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Speed Skating | Athlete Profile: KIM Bo-Reum - Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games". www.olympic.org. Retrieved 20 February 2018. 
  3. ^ "Asian Winter Games 2011: 3000m Ladies". www.speedskatingresults.com. Retrieved 20 February 2018. 
  4. ^ "Asian Winter Games 2011: 5000m Ladies". www.speedskatingresults.com. Retrieved 20 February 2018. 
  5. ^ "Essent ISU World Single Distances Championships 2013: Draw Team Pursuit Ladies". live.isuresults.eu. Retrieved 20 February 2018. 
  6. ^ "Essent ISU World Single Distances Championships 2013: Result 1500m Ladies". live.isuresults.eu. Retrieved 20 February 2018. 
  7. ^ "Essent ISU World Single Distances Championships 2013: Result 3000m Ladies". live.isuresults.eu. Retrieved 20 February 2018. 
  8. ^ "Official Results - Ladies' 1500m Final". winteruniversiade2013.sportresult.com. Retrieved 20 February 2018. 
  9. ^ "Official Results - Ladies' Team Pursuit Final A". winteruniversiade2013.sportresult.com. Retrieved 20 February 2018. 
  10. ^ "Official Results - Ladies' 3000m Final". winteruniversiade2013.sportresult.com. Retrieved 20 February 2018. 
  11. ^ "Official Results - Ladies' 5000m Final". winteruniversiade2013.sportresult.com. Retrieved 20 February 2018. 
  12. ^ "Olympic Winter Games 2014, Sochi: Result 1500m Ladies". live.isuresults.eu. Retrieved 20 February 2018. 
  13. ^ "Olympic Winter Games 2014, Sochi: Result 3000m Ladies". live.isuresults.eu. Retrieved 20 February 2018. 
  14. ^ "Sochi 2014: Speed skating women's team pursuit results". BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 February 2018. 
  15. ^ "Kim Bo-Reum". NBC Olympics. Retrieved 20 February 2018. 
  16. ^ "ISU World Cup: 5000m Ladies - Division B". www.speedskatingresults.com. Retrieved 20 February 2018. 
  17. ^ "ISU World Single Distances Championships 2016: Result Mass Start Ladies". live.isuresults.eu. Retrieved 20 February 2018. 
  18. ^ "ISU World Single Distances Championships 2016: Result 3000m Ladies". live.isuresults.eu. Retrieved 20 February 2018. 
  19. ^ "ISU World Single Distances Championships 2017: Result Mass Start Final Ladies". live.isuresults.eu. Retrieved 20 February 2018. 
  20. ^ "World Single Distances Championships 2017: 3000m Ladies". www.speedskatingresults.com. Retrieved 20 February 2018. 
  21. ^ "ISU World Single Distances Championships 2017: Draw Team Pursuit Ladies". live.isuresults.eu. Retrieved 20 February 2018. 
  22. ^ "2017 Asian Winter Games: 5000m Ladies". speedskatingresults.com. Retrieved 20 February 2018. 
  23. ^ "2017 Asian Winter Games: 3000m Ladies". speedskatingresults.com. Retrieved 20 February 2018. 
  24. ^ "Speed Skating - Ladies 3000m" (PDF). www.pyeongchang2018.com. Retrieved 20 February 2018. 
  25. ^ a b "South Korean Olympic skaters face backlash for shaming teammate". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 2018-02-20. 
  26. ^ Kim, Tong-hyung (2018-02-22). "South Koreans call for skaters to be booted from games". The Associated Press. Yahoo Sports. Retrieved 2018-02-25. 
  27. ^ Ko, Dong-hwan (2018-02-25). "Bullying scandal leads to NEPA boycott". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2018-02-25. 
  28. ^ "(Olympics) Speed skater Kim Bo-reum apologizes for blaming teammate". Yonhap News Agency. Retrieved 20 February 2018. 
  29. ^ "Bo-Reum Kim". www.speedskatingresults.com. Retrieved 12 January 2016.