Lee Seung-hoon

Lee Seung-hoon

Korean speed skater
Date of Birth: 06.03.1988
Country: South Korea

  1. Biography of Lee Seung-Hoon
  2. Early Success in Short Track
  3. Transition to Long Track
  4. Victory at the Asian Championships
  5. Olympic Success

Biography of Lee Seung-Hoon

Lee Seung-Hoon is a South Korean speed skater who has achieved great success in both short track and long track speed skating. Born on March 6, 1988, in Seoul, South Korea, Lee initially started his career in short track speed skating.

Lee Seung-hoon

Early Success in Short Track

In 2008, Lee Seung-Hoon made a name for himself by winning two gold medals at the World Championships in the South Korean city of Kangneung. The following year, he continued his success by winning three gold medals in short track at the Winter Universiade in Harbin, China.

Transition to Long Track

Despite his achievements in short track, Lee faced intense competition in South Korea and failed to qualify for the national team in April 2009. Determined to continue his sporting career, he made the bold decision to switch to long track speed skating.

Victory at the Asian Championships

In 2010, Lee Seung-Hoon participated in the Asian Championships held in Obihiro, Japan, and emerged as the champion in the 1500m, 5000m, and 10000m distances. His outstanding performances showcased his talent and potential in long track speed skating.

Olympic Success

Lee's greatest achievement came at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada. He won the gold medal in the 10000m event with a time of 12:58.55 and claimed the silver medal in the 5000m event with a time of 6:16.95. His victory in the 10000m race was attributed to a disqualification of the favorite, Sven Kramer, who mistakenly changed lanes during his race. Lee became the first Asian speed skater to win the 10000m distance at the Olympic Games.

Lee Seung-Hoon's career is a testament to his versatility and determination. He successfully transitioned from short track to long track speed skating and achieved remarkable success on the international stage. His achievements have made him a role model for aspiring speed skaters in South Korea and around the world.