Kim Je-kyoung

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.
Kim Je-kyoung
Medal record
Representing  South Korea
Men's taekwondo
World Championship
Gold medal – first place 1993 New York heavyweight
Gold medal – first place 1995 Manila heavyweight
Gold medal – first place 1997 Hong Kong heavyweight
Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 1994 Hiroshima heavyweight
Gold medal – first place 1998 bangkok heavyweight
Asian Championships
Gold medal – first place 1992 Kuala Lumpur heavyweight[1]

Kim Je-Kyoung (born c. 1969), also known as Kim Je-Gyoung, was the 1992 Olympic gold medalist in taekwondo. In 1992, taekwondo was a demonstration sport. Kim won the final match in the heavyweight division for South Korea. Kim also took the gold medal at the 11th, 12th & 13th Taekwondo World Championships 1993, 1995, & 1997 in New York, Manila and Hong Kong, respectively.[2]

Youth[edit]

His father died from an accident when he was a high school student.[3] He received his BA at Dong-A University in Pusan, Korea in 1991.[1]

Career[edit]

He was a Korean National Team Member for ten years, from 1991–2000,[1] during which time he won the World Championship three times and swept all other international championships such as the Asia Championship, Asian Games, and World Cup.[4] He was dubbed the prince of taekwondo in the 1990s due to his accuracy, careful game management, and his fast, powerful spinning kick.[4] He was well known for taking care of himself, his training and his teammates.[4]

In 2000, Kim qualified for the South Korean Taekwondo Olympic team during the first assessment tournament,[5] but an injury sustained at the 1998 Asian Games became horribly aggravated and forced him to withdraw from the second assessment tournament.[4]

Retirement[edit]

Kim retired from competitive taekwondo in October 2000.[6] Seven month after his retirement, on June 3, 2001, Kim appeared in a special tournament: Olympic medalists v. world champions; although, Kim is both an Olympic medalist and a world champion, he competed on the 5-man team representing world champions.[7] Kim was victorious in the final match of the tournament, but his team did not prevail against the Olympic medalists.[7]

After his retirement, Kim immigrated to the United States and opened school in a Portland, Oregon called Olympic Taekwondo.[8] As of 2009, Kim works with his former Olympic teammate Kim Byong-Cheol at the World Champion Taekwondo School, with locations in Portland, Beaverton, Lake Oswego and Scappoose.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Master Je Gyoung Kim". Taekwondo Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  2. ^ "World Taekwondo Championships Results". Taekwondo Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  3. ^ Hong, Joo Yun; Joong Ang Il Bo (2001-01-15). "Kim Kyung Hoon gave his mates money for encouragement". Mookas.us Inc. Archived from the original on 2011-10-07. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  4. ^ a b c d Jang, KwangSeok (April 14, 2000). "Last dream Ruptured". Mookas.us Inc. Archived from the original on October 7, 2011. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  5. ^ Kim, SeungMo (2000-01-01). "Kim Je-kyoung makes for Sydney". Mookas.us Inc. Archived from the original on 2011-10-07. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  6. ^ Kim, Joon-Sung (2001-01-03). "TaekwonNet Webzine's Y2K, Excitement and Controversy". Mookas.us Inc. Archived from the original on 2011-10-07. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  7. ^ a b Cho, Hyun Jin (2001-06-13). "Kim Je Kyoung, I'm still the man!". Mookas.us Inc. Archived from the original on 2011-10-07. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  8. ^ Cho, Hyun Jin (2001-06-21). "Best Athlete to Best Sabum". Mookas.us Inc. Archived from the original on 2011-10-07. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 

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