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Lee Seung-Hoon

Lee Seung-Hoon
Speed Skating KOR

Lee Seung-Hoon

Lee Seung-Hoon
  • Birth date 3/06/1988
  • Birthplace Seoul
  • Residence Seoul
  • Height/Weight 5'10"/ 149 lbs
  • Olympics 2010, 2014

Biography

South Korea’s Lee Seung-Hoon got his start as a short track athlete, but made the switch to long track speed skating just five months before the 2010 Vancouver Olympics—where he won two medals. The first was a silver medal in the 5000m, where he finished behind the Netherlands’ Sven Kramer. In the 10,000m, Lee skated a time 22 seconds faster than his previous personal best but was again slower than Kramer. However, Kramer was disqualified for skating in the wrong lane and Lee received the gold. At the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Lee collected a silver medal with the South Korean men in the team pursuit event and finished just off the podium in fourth in the 10,000m race.

Looking towards the PyeongChang Olympics, Lee hopes the head-to-head racing skills he gained in his short track career might help him win a fourth Olympic medal. He’s emerged as a top contender in the mass start, an event making its Olympic debut in 2018 that sees a pack of up to 24 skaters race simultaneously. Lee won gold in the mass start at the 2016 World Single Distance Championships, then won three mass start races during the 2016-17 World Cup season. But he was unable to defend his title at the 2017 World Championships after he crashed in the team pursuit race, sliced his leg with his blade and had to sit out the rest of the competition. The eight stitches he needed didn’t keep him off the ice for long; Lee returned weeks later to win four gold medals, including in the mass start, at the 2017 Asian Winter Games.
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Getting to know Lee Seung-Hoon

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Only speed skater from South Korea to win an Olympic medal in the Olympics' longest distances, the 5000m and 10,000m

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Switched from short to long track after failing to make the South Korean national team

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Needed eight stitches in his leg after crashing during the 2017 World Championships

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