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Baeg Eun-Bi

Full name: Baeg Eun-Bi
Original name: 백 은비
Other name(s): Bak Eun-Bi
Gender: Female
Height: 5-2 (158 cm)
Weight: 115 lbs (52 kg)
Born: September 14, 1979 in Chuncheon, Gangwon, South Korea
Country: KOR South Korea
Sport: Speed Skating

Biography

Like many Korean skaters, Baek Eun-Bi skated fast while she was still very young. She participated in her first World Junior Championships in 1993, when she was still only 13. The following year, she qualified for the Olympic 3,000 m, in which she placed 23rd. In the following years, Baek improved her results in the World Junior Championships, taking part six times in all. In the 1997 tournament she won the silver medal, behind Kirstin Holum. She again qualified for the Olympics in 1998, and again placed 23rd in the 3,000 m (and 25th in the 1,500 m).

Among the seniors, Baeg never achieved any impressive results. In 2000, she qualified for the World Championships but placed next-to-last, and again ended up in the lower half of the field at the 2002 Olympics. In the 2002/03 season, she qualified for the A Group in the 1,500 and 3,000 m, in her preparation for the Asian Winter Games in Aomori. There, she performed well, and won two medals, silver in the 3,000 m and bronze in the 1,500 m. However, days after the 1,500 m, it was announced that traces of strychnine had been found in her urine sample after the 1,500 m. Baek appeared to have taken a medicine for a stomach ache after her silver medal, which contained the drug. As strychnine is hardly ever used nowadays as a performance-enhancing drug, and Baek was clean in the 3,000 m, the Olympic Council of Asia decided to let her off with a warning. Baek was Korean Allround Champion in 1995, 2001 and 2002.

Personal Bests\: 500 – 40.02 (1999); 1000 – 1:19.63 (1999); 1500 – 1:59.54 (2000); 3000 – 4:09.91 (2000); 5000 – 7:13.60 (2000).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1994 Winter 14 Lillehammer Speed Skating Women's 3,000 metres South Korea KOR 23
1998 Winter 18 Nagano Speed Skating Women's 1,500 metres South Korea KOR 25
1998 Winter 18 Nagano Speed Skating Women's 3,000 metres South Korea KOR 23
2002 Winter 22 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Women's 1,500 metres South Korea KOR 33
2002 Winter 22 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Women's 3,000 metres South Korea KOR 25

Women's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1998 Winter 18 Nagano Speed Skating South Korea Final Standings 25 2:05.23 27.93 59.24 1:31.55
2002 Winter 22 Salt Lake City Speed Skating South Korea Final Standings 33 2:03.87 27.17 57.71 1:29.82

Women's 3,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k
1994 Winter 14 Lillehammer Speed Skating South Korea Final Standings 23 4:34.86 21.37 55.38 1:30.35 2:05.76 2:42.11 3:19.67 3:57.74
1998 Winter 18 Nagano Speed Skating South Korea Final Standings 23 4:24.50 21.57 54.33 1:27.37 2:01.68 2:37.09 3:12.30 3:47.97
2002 Winter 22 Salt Lake City Speed Skating South Korea Final Standings 25 4:18.15 20.79 52.38 1:24.64 1:57.87 2:31.52 3:05.73 3:41.47
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