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Um Cheonho

Korea

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSKOR12502199201
NOCKorea
Born25 Feb 1992 in  Seoul
GenderMen
ResidenceSeoul, KOR
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesKorean
Higher educationPhysical Education - Korea National Sport University: Seoul, KOR
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
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 13:41.36 07 Dec 2019 Nur-Sultan  
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
World Single Distances Championships
Event  
World Single Distances Championships
    Mass Start 16 Laps   1    
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/cheonho.um  
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: Incheon, KOR  
When and where did you begin this sport?He began skating in 1997 at Lila Elementary School in Seoul, Republic of Korea. He initially decided to focus on short track in middle school before switching to speed skating in 2016.  
Name of coachChoi Jae-Bong [club], KOR  
General Interest
General Interest
Most influential person in careerCoach Lee Jun-Ho. (Athlete, 15 Nov 2019)  
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. (Athlete, 15 Nov 2019; yonhapnews.co.kr, 07 Sep 2006)  
NicknamesUmddung [due to his physical fitness]. (Athlete, 15 Nov 2019; Facebook profile, 05 Jun 2019)  
InjuriesHe underwent three surgeries on his left ankle and five on his right ankle between 2007 and 2015. "The most difficult surgery was the one I had ahead of the 2011 Asian Winter Games [in Kazakhstan]. Despite winning silver and gold in the 1500m and 5000m relay at the event, afterwards, I consistently suffered injuries due to the short period of rehabilitation at that time." (Athlete, 15 Nov 2019; MBC News, 27 Dec 2018; Stark TV YouTube channel, 04 Jun 2019; seoul.co.kr, 23 Dec 2019)

In 2009 he fractured his foot after falling in training one day before the Korean selection trials for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. (Athlete, 17 Nov 2018; yonhopnews.co.kr, 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. (Athlete, 15 Nov 2019; sports.donga.com, 25 Jun 2018)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"The peak of my career has not finished yet, but I keep creating it." (Athlete, 15 Nov 2019)  
HobbiesWatching ball games. (Athlete, 15 Nov 2019)  
AmbitionsTo compete at the 2021 Asian Winter Games and the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. He also aspires to work as a skating coach and to establish a scholarship foundation for children. (Athlete, 15 Nov 2019)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2018/2019 World Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps2  
    2018/2019 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 8 Laps7  
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps11  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2018/2019 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps1  
    2019/2020 World Cup Four Continents Championships Mass Start 16 Laps1  
    2018/2019 World Cup Heerenveen Mass Start 16 Laps1  
    2018/2019 World Cup Tomakomai Mass Start 16 Laps2  
    2019/2020 World Cup Four Continents Championships Team Pursuit 8 Laps2  
    2019/2020 World Cup Minsk Mass Start 16 Laps3  
    2018/2019 World Cup Obihiro Mass Start 16 Laps3  
    2019/2020 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps4  
    2018/2019 World Cup 5000/10000m31  
    2019/2020 World Cup 5000/10000m40