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Andrew Heo

United States

SportShort Track
FederationIDSTUSA10703200101
NOCUnited States
Born07 Mar 2001
GenderMen
ResidenceSalt Lake City, UT, USA
OccupationAthlete, Student
LanguagesEnglish, Korean
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 41.225 25 Nov 2021 Dordrecht  
    1000m 1:24.023 07 Feb 2022 Beijing  
    1500m 2:14.728 05 Mar 2021 Dordrecht  
General Interest
General Interest
Superstitions / Rituals / BeliefsPrior to competing he looks at a scar on his left forearm that he has following a training accident in 2019. "My dad told me to look at my scar because it shows the hard work I've done to get here. Before a race I'll look at my scar and it's a reminder to be strong." (teamusa.org, 13 Dec 2019)  
Famous relativesHis older brother Aaron Heo has represented the United States of America in short track, making his World Cup debut in 2018. (teamusa.org, 13 Dec 2019, 31 Dec 2016; SportsDeskOnline, 10 Nov 2021)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"I skate my best when I'm not thinking about results and just go out and skate." (teamusa.org, 16 Mar 2021)  
Memorable sporting achievementCompeting at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. (Instagram profile, 04 Feb 2022)  
Most influential person in careerHis parents. (nbcphiladelphia.com, 17 Dec 2021)  
AmbitionsTo win a medal at the 2026 Olympic Winter Games in Milan-Cortina. (teamusa.org, 12 Feb 2022)  
Awards and honoursThe Warrington Township Board of Supervisors in Pennsylvania, United States of America, declared September 2022 'Andrew Heo Month' in recognition of his performance at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. (warringtontownship.org, 02 Sep 2022)  
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/officialandrewheo  
twitter.com/heo_andrew  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sportHe joined his cousins and brother at Potomac Speedskating Club, but initially he would bring his inline skates because he was intimidated by the speed skating coach. Eventually he was convinced to try skating on the ice.  
When and where did you begin this sport?He took up skating in 2008 at Potomac Speedskating Club in Maryland, United States of America.  
General Interest
General Interest
Hero / IdolUS short track skater John Celski, US basketball player Kobe Bryant. (nbcphiladelphia.com, 17 Dec 2021; teamusa.org, 01 Aug 2020)  
Other informationOLYMPIC EXPERIENCE
Having placed seventh in the 1000m event at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games, he feels that his confidence got a boost after his performance in Beijing. "Just to place seventh at my first Olympics, after the results I had at the World Cups, definitely means a lot. I'm very proud of that. It was something that I was not expecting, especially for the 1000m. There's nothing more I could have asked for. Definitely, this helps propel my career. It helps the confidence, knowing I have this under my belt, doing well at my first Olympics. I really struggled with that, knowing I belong there and racing like I was meant to be there. Moving forward, I can trust I have the ability to do whatever I need to do, at a certain time, and am able to adapt. My Olympics in Beijing made me want to keep doing it and hopefully go for the medal next time." (teamusa.org, 12 Feb 2022)

UTAH MOVE
At age 15, he and his brother Aaron moved along with their mother to Salt Lake City, UT, United States of America, to train at the Utah Olympic Oval with US Speedskating's Facilitated Athlete Sport Training [FAST] development programme. "My parents had dedicated their lives to us to support us and give us what we needed. It really is awesome. Because it was a huge financial commitment to have a home in Utah and back home, I made a promise to them that if I didn't get better, I'd go back to Pennsylvania." (teamusa.org, 13 Dec 2019)

KOREAN HERITAGE
Both his parents were born in the Republic of Korea and moved to the United States of America when they were young. Korean was Andrew's first language, but he started to lose it as a child. "Then a few years ago I was randomly sitting in a restaurant and started remembering how to read it and what the letters and characters were. Ever since then I've been slowly getting better at it. After I started going to international competitions, I made Korean friends and I've been talking to them trying to have conversations. I'm pretty good at writing and reading it. Speaking it I'm still a little iffy. I want to get to the point where I can speak and understand it." (teamusa.org, 16 Mar 2021, 13 Dec 2019)
 
HobbiesMusic. (teamusa.org, 01 Aug 2020)  
InjuriesHe sustained a seven-centimetre wound to his left forearm as the result of an accident during training in 2019. (teamusa.org, 13 Dec 2019)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2019/2020 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay4  
    2017/2018 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay5  
    2020/2021 World Championships 5000m Relay7  
    2022 Olympic Games 1000m7  
    2022 Olympic Games 2000m Relay8  
    2020/2021 World Championships 1500m12  
    2020/2021 World Championships Overall19  
    2020/2021 World Championships 1000m20  
    2020/2021 World Championships 500m26  
    2022 Olympic Games 1500m28  
    2019/2020 World Junior Championships 1500m39  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2022/2023 World Cup Four Continents Championships 500m2  
    2022/2023 Salt Lake City, UT 2000m Relay3  
    2019/2020 World Cup Four Continents Championships 5000m Relay3  
    2019/2020 Salt Lake City, UT 5000m Relay7  
    2022/2023 Salt Lake City, UT 5000m Relay8  
    2019/2020 Dresden 5000m Relay10  
    2019/2020 Shanghai 5000m Relay10  
    2019/2020 Shanghai 1500m12  
    2022/2023 Salt Lake City, UT 500m15  
    2019/2020 Dresden 1500m19  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1500m21  
    2022/2023 Salt Lake City, UT 1500m27  
    2019/2020 Salt Lake City, UT 1000m32  
    2021/2022 World Cup 1500m37  
    2019/2020 Dresden 1000m38  
    2021/2022 World Cup 500m41  
    2018/2019 Dresden 1000m45  
    2019/2020 Salt Lake City, UT 500m47  
    2021/2022 World Cup 1000m53  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1000m56  
    2018/2019 Dresden 1000m56  
    2018/2019 World Cup 500m76  
    2018/2019 World Cup 1000m129  
    2019/2020 World Cup 500m131