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Andrew Heo

United States

SportShort Track
FederationIDSTUSA10705200101
NOCUnited States
Born07 May 2001
GenderMen
ResidenceSalt Lake City, UT, USA
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesEnglish
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    1000m 1:25.330 03 Nov 2019 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 2:16.736 15 Feb 2020 Dordrecht  
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/officialandrewheo  
twitter.com/heo_andrew  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sportHis brother Aaron was skating at club level. At first he only did roller skating because the coach was loud and intimidating. Then, people convinced him to skate on ice because he showed talent on rollerblades.  
Name of coachWilma Boomstra [national]  
When and where did you begin this sport?He took up skating in 2008.  
General Interest
General Interest
Hero / IdolUS speed skater JR Celski. (teamusa.org, 01 Aug 2020)  
HobbiesMusic. (teamusa.org, 01 Aug 2020)  
InjuriesHe had a 7cm cut in his left forearm due to a training accident in 2019. (teamusa.org, 13 Dec 2019)  
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs"My dad told me to look at my scar [he got in a training accident in 2019] 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 brother Aaron Heo was a short track speed skater who competed at 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway. (teamusa.org, 13 Dec 2019; teamusa.org, 31 Dec 2016)  
Other informationCOMMITTMENT TO SKATING
At age 15, he and his brother Aaron moved to Salt Lake City, UT, United States of America, to train at the Utah Olympic Oval which was a major financial burden to his family. "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)

STRUGGLES IN CHILDHOOD
Both his parents are of Korean heritage, and he struggled to fit in when he was in middle school. "I had no social life in middle school. It was really hard on me. People were actually mean to me because I was an outsider. I was trying so hard to be someone I wasn't, just to fit in. As I've gotten older, I realise you just have to be yourself. (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  
    2020/2021 World Championships 1500m12  
    2020/2021 World Championships Overall19  
    2020/2021 World Championships 1000m20  
    2020/2021 World Championships 500m26  
    2019/2020 World Junior Championships 1500m39  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2019/2020 World Cup Four Continents Championships 5000m Relay3  
    2019/2020 Salt Lake City, UT 5000m Relay7  
    2019/2020 Shanghai 5000m Relay10  
    2019/2020 Dresden 5000m Relay10  
    2019/2020 Shanghai 1500m12  
    2019/2020 Dresden 1500m19  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1500m21  
    2019/2020 Salt Lake City, UT 1000m32  
    2019/2020 Dresden 1000m38  
    2018/2019 Dresden 1000m45  
    2019/2020 Salt Lake City, UT 500m47  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1000m56  
    2018/2019 Dresden 1000m56  
    2018/2019 World Cup 500m76  
    2018/2019 World Cup 1000m129  
    2019/2020 World Cup 500m131