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Cha Min Kyu

Korea

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSKOR11603199301
NOCKorea
Born16 Mar 1993
GenderMen
ResidenceSeoul, KOR
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesKorean
Higher educationPhysical Education - Korea National Sport University: Seoul, KOR
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 34.31 03 Dec 2017 Calgary  
    1000m 1:09.00 24 Sep 2016 Calgary  
    1500m 1:51.33 10 Sep 2016 Calgary  
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
Olympic Games
Event  
Olympic Games
    500m   1    
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001807042769  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Club / TeamDongducheon City Hall: Korea  
Reason for choosing this sportHe began skating to improve his health. His coach at university then suggested he should focus on the sport.  
Name of coachLee In-Sik [club], KOR; Lee Seok-Kyu [national], KOR  
When and where did you begin this sport?He began skating in grade three of primary school in Anyang, Republic of Korea. He initially took up short track before switching to speed skating in 2011.  
General Interest
General Interest
InjuriesHe tore a ligament in his right ankle in 2013. The injury meant he missed the 2013 National Selection Trials for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. (sportsseoul.com, 29 Mar 2018; vogue.co.kr, 28 Mar 2018; Athlete, 11 Nov 2017)  
Memorable sporting achievementWinning silver in the 500m at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Athlete, 17 Nov 2018)  
Most influential person in careerHis parents. (Athlete, 09 Feb 2017)  
AmbitionsTo compete in the 500m, 1000m and team pursuit at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. (sportsseoul.com, 29 Mar 2018)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Lead a life of virtue." (Athlete, 17 Nov 2018)  
NicknamesCha-syong ['Syong' is an onomatopoeic word that his teammates use to describe him skating fast], Ildan Fairy ['Ildan' means 'first of all' in English, and his fans gave him the nickname after noticing he uses the phrase regularly]. (vogue.co.kr, 28 Mar 2018)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2018 Olympic Games 500m2  
    2017/2018 World Sprint Championships Overall11  
    2018 Olympic Games 1000m12  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships 500m12  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2017/2018 World Cup Calgary, AB 500m2  
    2016/2017 World Cup Nagano 500m3  
    2017/2018 World Cup 500m17  
    2016/2017 World Cup 500m18  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1000m22  
    2017/2018 World Cup Overall35  
    2016/2017 World Cup Overall40