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Kwak Min-jeong
Kwak 2010 Olympics SP.jpg
Kwak during her free program at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Personal information
Full name Kwak Min-jeong
Country represented  South Korea
Born (1994-01-23) January 23, 1994 (age 23)
Seoul, South Korea
Home town Anyang, Gyeonggi
Residence Seoul
Height 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)
Coach Hea-Sook Shin
Former coach Brian Orser
Kim Se-yol
Lee Kyu-hyun
Chi Hyun-jeong
Choi Hyung-kyung
Choreographer David Wilson
Jeffrey Buttle
Former choreographer Kim Se-yol
Shin Yea-ji
Tuğba Karademir
Henrik Walentin
Skating club Ewha Womans University
Training locations Seoul, Toronto
Began skating 2001
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 155.53
2010 Winter Olympics
Short program 53.68
2010 Four Continents
Free skate 102.37
2010 Winter Olympics
Kwak Min-jeong
Hangul 곽민정
Hanja
Revised Romanization Kwak Min-jeong
McCune–Reischauer Kwak Minjŏng

Kwak Min-jeong (born January 23, 1994) is a South Korean figure skater. She is the 2011 South Korean bronze medalist, the 2010 South Korean silver medalist and the 2009 Junior national champion. Kwak was also a member of the South Korean Olympic Team at the 2010 Winter Olympics, where she placed 13th in the ladies' event.

Personal life[edit]

Kwak Min-jeong was born on January 23, 1994 in Seoul, South Korea.[1]

Career[edit]

Kwak began skating in 2001.[1]

2007–08 season[edit]

In the 2007–08 season she was age-eligible to compete in Junior competitions, so she competed at the 2007–08 ISU Junior Grand Prix, placing 10th at the event in Tallinn with 98.77 points and 13th at the event in England with 103.89. She then competed at the South Korean Championships at the Junior level, where she came in fifth position.

2008–09 season[edit]

In the 2008–09 season, she received two assignments to the 2008–09 ISU Junior Grand Prix. She won the bronze medal at the event in Mexico scoring 117.42 points but finished 13th at her competition in England, earning 106.05. She competed at the South Korean Championships again as a Junior, and won the gold medal with 114.89 points, placing first in both the short program and the free skating. She was selected to compete at the 2009 World Junior Championships, and with 103.69 she finished 22nd overall.

2009–10 season: Vancouver Olympics[edit]

In the 2009–10 season, Kwak remained in the ISU Junior Grand Prix and competed in two events. She placed 11th in the first one held in the United States with 106.30 points. She went on to place 11th again with 108.21 at her second event, which took place in Croatia.

She was selected to compete at the 2010 Four Continents Championships in Jeonju, South Korea, her first Senior international competition. She placed seventh in the short program and fourth in the free skate to end in sixth position earning 154.71 points. Kwak was also chosen to be a member of the South Korean Olympic Team.

Before the Olympics she moved to Toronto, Canada, and trained with Brian Orser,[2] the 1984 and 1988 Olympic silver medalist. At the 2010 Winter Olympics, held in Vancouver, Canada, where she placed 13th with 155.53 points. She went on to compete at the 2010 World Championships in Turin, Italy, where she was in 22nd position after getting 120.47 points overall.

Her collaboration with Orser ended in August 2010.[2]

2010–11 season[edit]

In the 2010–11 season, Kwak moved to the senior ISU Grand Prix. Her assignments in the 2010–11 ISU Grand Prix season were the 2010 Cup of China and the 2010 Skate America.

At the 2010 Cup of China, she placed ninth in the short program with 38.83 points and also ninth in the free skate with 75.15. Overall, she placed ninth scoring 113.98 points. At the 2010 Skate America, she came tenth in the short program earning 44.41 points, and eleventh in the free skate with 80.80. She had a total of 125.21 points and finished eleventh.

She competed at the 2011 South Korean Championships, where she won the short program with 50.48 points. She placed third in the free skate earning 91.78 and won the bronze medal. She was selected to compete at the 2011 Four Continents and 2011 World Championships. At the 2011 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships she placed 8th in both skates finishing overall in 8th place. At the 2011 World Figure Skating Championships she placed 15th in the ladies qualifying round failing to advance to the short.

2011–12 season[edit]

At the 2012 South Korean Championships she placed 8th in the short program falling on two of her jump elements to earn 38.98 points. In the free skate she placed 6th with 84.46 to climb up to 6th overall. Later that year, Kwak competed at the 2012 Four Continents Championships where she placed 10th. She has been selected to compete at the 2012 World Championships and she placed 28th.

Public life and endorsements[edit]

Kwak toured in the 2010 Festa On Ice, held in Seoul, South Korea and headlined by 2010 Olympic champion ladies champion and her training mate Kim Yuna. She joined Kim in another ice show, the All That Skate, on July 23–25, 2010 in Goyang, South Korea, alongside other skaters like Michelle Kwan, Sasha Cohen and Stéphane Lambiel.[3]

Programs[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2011–12
[1]
2010–11
[4]

2009–10
[5]

  • Marshmallow
    by IU
    choreo. by Shin Yea-Ji

2008–09
[6]

Competitive highlights[edit]

GP: Grand Prix; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

International[7]
Event 07–08 08–09 09–10 10–11 11–12 14–15
Olympics 13th
Worlds 22nd 33rd 28th
Four Continents 6th 8th 10th
GP Cup of China 9th
GP Skate America 11th
Asian Games 3rd
Asian Trophy 3rd
Crystal Skate 3rd
New Zealand Games 1st
International: Junior or novice[7]
Junior Worlds 22nd
JGP Croatia 11th
JGP Estonia 10th
JGP Mexico 3rd
JGP United Kingdom 13th 13th
JGP United States 11th
Asian Trophy 2nd J.
National[7]
South Korean 2nd J. 1st J. 2nd 3rd 6th
J. = Junior level

Detailed results[edit]

2014–15 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
October 21–26, 2014 2014 Crystal Skate of Romania Senior 2
36.51
3
66.42
3
102.93
2011–12 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
February 7–12, 2012 2012 Four Continents Championships Senior 9
48.72
10
81.80
10
130.52
January 6–8, 2012 2012 South Korean Championships Senior 8
38.98
6
84.46
6
123.44
August 22–26, 2011 2011 Asian Figure Skating Trophy Senior 3
43.19
4
71.71
3
114.90
August 11–13, 2011 2011 New Zealand Winter Games Senior 1
42.82
1
83.07
1
125.89
2010–11 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
April 25 – May 1, 2011 2011 World Championships Senior
15 (QR)
67.75

February 15–, 2011 2011 Four Continents Championships Senior 8
50.47
8
96.68
8
147.15
February 3–5, 2011 2011 Asian Winter Games Senior 3
52.65
3
95.30
3
147.95
January 14–16, 2011 2011 South Korean Championships Senior 1
50.48
3
91.78
3
142.26
November 11–14, 2010 2010 Skate America Senior 10
44.41
11
80.80
11
125.21
November 5–7, 2010 2010 Cup of China Senior 9
38.83
9
75.15
9
113.98
2009–10 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
March 22–28, 2010 2010 World Championships Senior 23
47.46
22
73.01
22
120.47
February 14–27, 2010 2010 Winter Olympic Senior 16
53.16
12
102.37
13
155.53
January 25–31, 2010 2010 Four Continents Championships Senior 7
53.68
4
101.03
6
154.71
January 9–10, 2010 2010 South Korean Championships Senior 2
46.23
2
88.00
2
134.23
October 7–11, 2009 2009 ISU Junior Grand Prix, Croatia Junior 8
41.08
12
67.13
11
108.21
September 2–6, 2009 2009 ISU Junior Grand Prix, United States Junior 12
38.49
11
67.81
11
106.30
2008–09 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
February 21–28, 2009 2009 World Junior Championships Junior 24
38.94
19
64.75
22
103.69
January 9–11, 2009 2009 South Korean Championships Junior 1
42.71
1
72.18
1
114.89
October 15–18, 2008 2008 ISU Junior Grand Prix, United Kingdom Junior 14
39.82
13
66.23
13
106.05
September 10–14, 2008 2008 ISU Junior Grand Prix, Mexico Junior 4
46.97
3
70.45
3
117.42
2007–08 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
January 13–16, 2008 2008 South Korean Championships Junior 1
42.71
2
74.72
2
117.43
October 18–21, 2007 2007 ISU Junior Grand Prix, United Kingdom Junior 11
42.44
13
61.45
13
103.89
September 20–22, 2007 2007 ISU Junior Grand Prix, Estonia Junior 11
37.06
10
61.71
10
98.77
  • SP = Short program; FS = Free skating
  • Personal bests highlighted in bold.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Min-Jeong KWAK: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 21, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Kim Yu-na's Breakup with Orser Ends Training for Kwak Min-jung". The Chosun Ilbo. August 25, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Yu-na, Kwan to do another show in July". The Korea Times. 2010-06-04. 
  4. ^ "Min-Jeong KWAK: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on August 16, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Min-Jeong KWAK: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 27, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Min-Jeong KWAK: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 5, 2009. 
  7. ^ a b c "Competition Results: Min-Jeong KWAK". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on March 6, 2016. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Kwak Min-Jung at Wikimedia Commons