Lee Sang-Hwa tasted success in Vancouver when she won the gold medal in the 500m race. She's shown it was no fluke through the 2012-2013 season. The sprint specialist finished first in the overall World Cup standings for the 500m and won the World Single Distance Championships in the same distance. She's continued her ridiculous pace with a world-record setting start to the 2013-2014 World Cup season. Lee broke her record in the 500m three separate times through the first two events of the season and now has the record of 36.36 from the World Cup Salt Lake City. Her specialty is the 500m, where she's finished in either first or second in the overall World Cup standings and the World Single Distance Championships every year starting with 2011. She skated in Torino where she finished fifth in the 500m. Lee won the 500m in Sochi.
- 2014 Olympic Games- finished first in the 500m
- 2013/14 World Cup Salt Lake City- two first place finishes in the 500m and a world record
- 2013 World Cup- first in the overall standings for the 500m
- 2013 World Single Distance Championships- first in the 500m
- 2012 World Cup- second in the overall standings for the 500m
- 2012 World Single Distance Championships- first in the 500m
- 2010 Olympic Games- gold in the 500m and 23rd in the 1000m
- 2006 Olympic Games- fifth in the 500m and 19th in the 1000m
Things to know:
1. Her brother Lee Sang-Ju was also a skater, but their mother could only afford the training cost of one child, so Lee Sang-Ju gave up skating so his sister could continue.
2. Trains with the South Korean men's team.
3. Can squat more the 350 pounds.