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April Shin

United States

SportShort Track
FederationIDSTUSA21404199801
NOCUnited States
Born14 Apr 1998 in Washington, DC 
GenderWomen
OccupationAthlete, Student
LanguagesEnglish, Korean
Higher educationGraphic Design - Salt Lake Community College: United States
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 45.524 19 Aug 2017 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1000m 1:34.008 20 Aug 2017 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 2:27.338 02 Nov 2019 Salt Lake City, UT  
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/april.shin.9  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sport"When I was nine I went to a school skate night and I had no idea what speed skating was. My neighbour was speed skating and his mum was talking to my mum, and they told us that an Olympic skater from Korea is coming to coach so we should try it out. I started skating and kept going. I fell a lot but then got better every day."  
When and where did you begin this sport?She took up short track in 2007 in Silver Spring, MD, United States of America.  
General Interest
General Interest
InjuriesAt the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway, she competed in the team relay event with a broken wrist. She suffered the fracture after falling in training during the week of the competition. She had to wear a cast for six weeks. (Athlete, 02 Feb 2017; isu.org, 20 Feb 2016)  
Memorable sporting achievementCompeting in the 1500m A final at the 2015 World Junior Championships in Osaka, Japan. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2019)  
Most influential person in careerHer mother. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2019)  
Hero / IdolUS short track skater Julie Letai. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2019)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"If you always do what you've always done, you will always get what you've always got." (Athlete, 02 Feb 2017)  
Other informationEYELID SURGERY
In 2018 she underwent double eyelid surgery [blepharoplasty], a procedure that creates a crease in the upper eyelids. Previously her eyes were easily irritated and could become swollen. "If I slept and it was just a little bit swollen, that eyelid would just disappear and sometimes my left eye[lid] would keep the crease and my other eye[lid] would go away and I would just have wonky-looking eyes, which I've dealt with for a few years now. I just thought it was time to get something a little more permanent. It was just really frustrating having to wait like two hours in the morning for my eyes to settle down." (YouTube channel, 07 Jan 2021)

FIRST COACH
Her first coach was Korean short track skater Kim Dong-Sung, who won gold and silver at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano. She credits his influence on her early career. "He was a strict coach and everyone was really scared of him. So every time he told me, 'Good job', it made me so happy and made me want to skate more. He moved away to Korea and I told him that I'd made the junior team and he told me I did good and then said, 'Your next goal is the Olympics so keep skating hard'. It made me so happy." (City of Rockville Rockville 11 YouTube channel, 03 Apr 2013)
 
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2014/2015 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay7  
    2015/2016 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay11  
    2013/2014 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay11  
    2012/2013 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay12  
    2014/2015 World Junior Championships Overall13  
    2016/2017 World Junior Championships Overall19  
    2012/2013 World Junior Championships Overall22  
    2013/2014 World Junior Championships Overall31  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 3000m Relay5  
    2016/2017 Dresden 3000m Relay9  
    2015/2016 Dresden 3000m Relay14  
    2015/2016 Dresden 1000m24  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 500m25  
    2019/2020 Salt Lake City, UT 500m27  
    2015/2016 Dresden 1500m28  
    2019/2020 Salt Lake City, UT 1500m31  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 1500m31  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 1500m31  
    2016/2017 Dresden 1500m33  
    2016/2017 Dresden 500m34  
    2019/2020 Shanghai 1500m35  
    2019/2020 Shanghai 1000m36  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 1500m37  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1500m67  
    2016/2017 World Cup 500m69  
    2019/2020 World Cup 500m72  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1500m75  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1000m81  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1500m87  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1000m108