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Chae Ji-Hun

Full name: Chae Ji-Hun
Original name: 채 지훈
Other name(s): Chae Ji-Hoon
Gender: Male
Born: March 5, 1974 in Seoul, Seoul, South Korea
Country: KOR South Korea
Sport: Short Track Speed Skating

Medals: 1 Gold, 2 Silver (3 Total)

Biography

Chae Ji-Hun celebrated his career's biggest victories in two Norwegian towns within 15 km of each other. At the 1994 Winter Olympics, the short track events were held in the town of Hamar. There, Chae captured the Olympic gold in the 500 m, catching fast-starting Mirko Vuillermin just before the line. In the 1,000 m, he placed third, but moved up to silver medal position after Nicky Gooch was disqualified. The following year, the World Championships were held in the town of Gjøvik, just across the Mjøsa lake. Chae absolutely dominated that competition, winning three of the four distances and easily claiming the overall title. These weren't the only world titles for him, earning distance wins in 1993, 1994 and 1996 as well. In these years, he also reached the overall podium, coming second in 1994 and 1996. By the Nagano Olympics, Chae had lost his individual dominance, missing the final in both individual events. But the Koreans won silver in the relay, marking the end of Chae's career.

Chae Ji-Hun remained very involved in sports. Apart from earning a Ph.D. in sports psychology (Yonsei University, Seoul), he was coach of the United States national team (2006-2007), and he has served on the technical committee for short track of the International Skating Union (ISU) since 2006.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1994 Winter 19 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Men's 500 metres South Korea KOR 1 Gold
1994 Winter 19 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres South Korea KOR 2 Silver
1998 Winter 23 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Men's 500 metres South Korea KOR 5
1998 Winter 23 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres South Korea KOR 10
1998 Winter 23 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Relay South Korea KOR 2 Silver

Men's 500 metres

Men's 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T PTS BT
1994 Winter 19 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating South Korea Final Standings 2
1994 Winter 19 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating South Korea Final Round A Final 2 1:34.92
1994 Winter 19 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating South Korea Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 Q 1:31.56 5
1994 Winter 19 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating South Korea Quarter-Finals Heat One 1 Q 1:31.40 5
1994 Winter 19 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating South Korea Round One Heat Eight 1 Q 1:32.11 5
1998 Winter 23 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating South Korea Final Standings 10 8 DQ
1998 Winter 23 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating South Korea Semi-Finals Heat One AC DQ
1998 Winter 23 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating South Korea Quarter-Finals Heat Four 2 Q 1:34.902 3
1998 Winter 23 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating South Korea Round One Heat One 1 Q 1:35.240 5

Men's 5,000 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank
1998 Winter 23 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating South Korea KOR Final Standings 2
1998 Winter 23 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating South Korea KOR Final Round A Final 2
1998 Winter 23 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating South Korea KOR Semi-Finals Heat Two 1
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