Kim Ki-hoon

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Kim Ki-hoon
Medal record
Men's Short Track Speed Skating
Representing  South Korea
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1994 Lillehammer 1000m
Gold medal – first place 1992 Albertville 1000m
Gold medal – first place 1992 Albertville 5000m Relay
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1992 Denver Overall
Silver medal – second place 1991 Sydney Overall
Silver medal – second place 1989 Solihull Overall
This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.
For the film director and screenwriter, see Kim Kih-hoon.
Kim Ki-hoon
Hangul 김기훈
Hanja 金琪焄
Revised Romanization Gim Gi-hun
McCune–Reischauer Kim Ki-hun

Kim Ki-hoon (born July 14, 1967) is a retired short track speed skater and the first gold medalist in the Winter Olympics for Korea. Kim is a three-time Olympic Champion and 1992 Overall World Champion.


Kim first garnered attention when he participated in the short-track demonstration event at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, winning the gold medal in the 1500 metres.[1]

Kim swept all the gold medals available in short track speed skating at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, winning won the gold medal in the 1000 metres in a world record time of 1:30.76, and claiming another gold in the 5000 metre relay in a world record time of 7:14.02. Kim went on to win his first world overall champion at the 1992 World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Denver. At the championships, Kim captured all five individual gold medals (overall, 500 m, 1000 m, 1500 m, 3000 m), which made him become the second skater to sweep all five individual world championship gold medals available(Canada's Sylvie Daigle first achieved the feat at the 1983 World Championships), and the first male one.

Kim Kihoon defended his gold medal at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, winning the 1000 metres with a time of 1:34.57.[2]

Post career[edit]

In 2002, Kim was appointed as a coach of the Korean national short track speed skating team. He participated in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver as the head coach of the South Korean national team.[3] Kim is currently serving as a full professor at Ulsan College.[4]


  1. ^ "1988 Winter Olympics Roundup: Thursday's Results", Aiken Standard, p. 8, 1988-02-26 
  2. ^ "Olympics History - Men's short track". ESPN. 2001-12-25. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  3. ^ Kang, Seung-woo (2010-03-18). "Korean Short Track Looks to Mend Reputation". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  4. ^ "Kim Gi-Hun: Biography". Retrieved 2014-03-02. 

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