Lee Won-hee

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Lee Won-hee
Personal information
NationalitySouth Korean
Born (1981-07-19) 19 July 1981 (age 38)
Seoul, South Korea
EducationYongin University
Height172 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Weight73 kg (161 lb)
Spouse(s)Kim Mi-hyun (m. 2008)
Weight classLightweight
Rank     5th degree black belt in Judo
Now coachingSouth Korea National Team (Women)
Kim Jan-di, Jeong Bo-kyeong, Kim Seong-yeon, Kim Min-jeong, Bak Ji-yun
Achievements and titles
Highest world ranking1 (2003, 2004)
Olympic medal record
Men's judo
Representing  South Korea
Gold medal – first place 2004 Athens 73 kg
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2003 Osaka -73 kg
Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 2006 Doha -73 kg
Asian Championships
Gold medal – first place 2003 Jeju -73 kg
Lee Won-hee
Revised RomanizationI Won-hui
McCune–ReischauerYi Wŏn-hŭi

Lee Won-Hee (born July 19, 1981) is a South Korean quadruple judo champion. Lee won the gold medal in the men's lightweight division at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.[1] He was the world champion in 2003.[2] He also won the gold medal in 2006 Asian Games and 2003 Asian Judo Championships.

He won his Olympic gold medal by way of Ippon against Vitaly Makarov of Russia with 9 seconds left. He was leading in the bout anyway, but had secured the win when he went in for Drop Seoi Nage and combined it with Ko-Ouchi Gari to deliver Makarov onto his back with force. He was voted top judoka in the 2004 Olympics.[3] Lee was renowned for his favourite technique Tai Otoshi.[4]

Lee is arguably one of the best South Korean judokas ever to live.[5] He lost to Wang Ki-chun in the qualifications for the 2007 World Championships in Rio de Janeiro and 2008 Olympics in Beijing.[6]

Lee taught judo at his alma mater Yong In University.[7] In 2015, he was promoted to head coach of the South Korean Women's Judo National Team.[8]

Personal life[edit]

During his active career, he was nicknamed "Mr. Ippon" and "Grand Slammer" for his 48-game winning streak, which 43 was won by ippon.[9]

Lee attended Boseong Middle School.[10] He is believed to have an IQ of 148.[9]

In 2008, Lee married golfer Mi-Hyun Kim,[11] and they have a son, Yeseong.[12]


  1. ^ "Lee Won Hee brings Korea's first gold".
  2. ^ "Lee Won Hee celebrates his victory over Daniel".
  3. ^ "Lee Won-hee selected as Athens top performer".
  4. ^ "Lee Won Hee Tai Otoshi Master".
  5. ^ "Korean Judo Excellence".
  6. ^ "2008 Korea Judo Championships".
  7. ^ "Running Man Ep 271".
  8. ^ "Cool Kiz on the Block: Training with Song Daenam and Choi Minho".
  9. ^ a b "Lee Wonhee: Strong, Fast, Determined".
  10. ^ "Cool Kiz on the Block: The First Official Match".
  11. ^ "2008 Awards: Happiest News".
  12. ^ "Cool Kiz on the Block: The First Judo Audition".

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