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Um Cheonho


SportSpeed Skating
Born25 Feb 1992 in  Seoul
ResidenceSeoul, KOR
Higher educationPhysical Education - Korea National Sport University: Seoul, KOR
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 37.22 23 Jan 2017 Seoul  
    1500m 1:48.78 24 Sep 2017 Calgary  
    5000m 6:21.48 22 Sep 2017 Calgary  
    10000m 14:22.67 29 Dec 2016 Seoul  
Social Media
Social Media  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sportThe elementary school he attended was well known for having a successful short track team. He was also inspired by Korean skater Kim Dong-Sung, who won gold at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano. However, he had persistent injury problems while training in short track and was later encouraged to switch to speed skating by Korean Olympian Lee Kyou-Hyuk.  
Club / TeamKorea National Sport University: Korea  
When and where did you begin this sport?He began skating at age seven at Lila Elementary School in Seoul, Republic of Korea, and trained in both speed skating and short track. He focused on short track after entering middle school, but switched to speed skating in 2016.  
Name of coachChoi Jae-Bong [club], KOR; Lee Seok-Kyu [national], KOR  
General Interest
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievementWinning gold in short track in the 5000m relay at the 2011 Asian Winter Games in Kazakhstan, and finishing first at the 2018 National Selection Trials in the Republic of Korea. (Athlete, 17 Nov 2018)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"The peak of my career has not finished yet, but I keep creating it." (Athlete, 17 Nov 2018)  
InjuriesIn 2009 he cracked a bone in his foot after falling during training one day before the Korean selection trials for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. (Athlete, 17 Nov 2018;, 14 Oct 2010)  
Other sportsHe has represented the Republic of Korea in short track, and won gold in the 5000m relay at the 2011 Asian Winter Games in, Kazakhstan. (SportsDeskOnline, 15 Oct 2018)  
Hero / IdolKorean politician and journalist Rhyu Si-Min, Korean short track skater Noh Jin-Kyu. (Athlete, 17 Nov 2018;, 25 Jun 2018)  
Most influential person in careerCoaches Lee Jun-Ho and Oh Sae-Jong. (Athlete, 78 Nov 2018)  
Famous relativesHis older brother Um Cheon-Hee represented the Republic of Korea in roller speed skating at the 2006 World Championships in Anyang, Republic of Korea. (, 07 Sep 2006)  
NicknamesMonster (, 13 May 2011)  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2018/2019 World Cup Tomakomai Mass Start 16 Laps2  
    2018/2019 World Cup Obihiro Mass Start 16 Laps3