Yang Hak-seon

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Yang Hak-Seon
— Gymnast —
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Personal information
Full name Yang Hak-Seon
Nickname(s) The God of Vault
Country represented  South Korea
Born (1992-12-06) December 6, 1992 (age 24)
Gwangju, South Korea
Height 1.59 m (5 ft 2 12 in)
Discipline Men's artistic gymnastics
This is a Korean name; the family name is Yang.

Yang Hak-Seon (Hangul: 양학선, Korean pronunciation: [jaŋ.ɦak.s͈ʌn]; born 6 December 1992) is the first South Korean gymnast to win an Olympic gold medal.

Personal life[edit]

According to his Olympic profile, Yang started his gymnastics career at the age of 9, following his brother's footsteps into the sport.[1]

Yang is currently attending the Korea National Sport University.[2]

Yang's parents are Yang Gwan-gwon and Ki Suk-hyang.[3] Their impoverished family previously lived in one of Gwangju's shantytowns, before relocating to North Jeolla Province's Gochang, in South Korea's countryside, in 2010, after his father, a construction worker, suffered from serious injuries.[3] His family currently lives in a makeshift converted greenhouse constructed from PVC pipes.[2] After Yang's father lost his job, Yang supported the family with a modest income from the Korea Gymnastic Association.[4] Yang's coach Cho Sung-doe admitted that he had been unaware of the family's precarious financial situation before Yang won the gold medal.[4]


Yang is the reigning vault champion at the Asian Games. In 2012, he became the first Korean gymnast to win Olympic gold in Gymnastics, winning the vault competition in London.[3] In 2013, He won gold in vault at the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia. He is famous in the gymnastics world for performing the hardest vault in the world, a front handspring front layout with three twists. Yang is additionally working on a second difficult skill, but this vault is from a sideways entry.[5] He is also the reigning world champion, having won gold in the vault at both the 2011[6] and 2013 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships[7] However, at the 2014 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Nanning, China, he fell on both his vaults, failing to defend his title and placing 7th overall.


  1. ^ "Hak Seon Yang". Athlete overviews. London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b [런던] 양학선 꿈 자란 비닐하우스 들여다보니 '울컥'. Nate News (in Korean). NATE. 7 August 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Kang Seung-woo (August 7, 2010). "Korean gymnast rises from poverty". The Korea Times. Retrieved August 9, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Kwon, KJ; Alexis Lai. "Gymnastics Olympics 2012: Yang Hak-seon, South Korean gold gymnast, vaults from rags to riches". CNN. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Sport Chosun (October 6, 2013). "'도마의신'양학선 세계체조선수권 2연패,적수 없었다(in Korean)". Naver. 
  6. ^ S (October 6, 2013). "Exciting showdown at Tokyo Worlds". Tokyo2011.fig-gymnastics.com. 
  7. ^ S (October 6, 2013). "South Korea's Yang wins men's vault title at gymnastics worlds". Nampa.org. 

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