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Han Pil-Hwa

Full name: Han Pil-Hwa
Original name: 한 필화
Gender: Female
Height: 5-6.5 (170 cm)
Weight: 134 lbs (61 kg)
Born: January 21, 1942 in Nampo, Pyeongannam, North Korea
Country: PRK North Korea
Sport: Speed Skating

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Han Pil-Hwa is the only North Korean speed skater to have ever won an Olympic medal. She first appeared on the international skating scene at the 1963 World Championships in Karuizawa, where she finished 4th in the 500 m and placed 12th overall. Next year, she participated in the 1964 Olympics. Lydia Skoblikova seemed certain of her fourth title of the Games in the 3000 m, when Han, skating in the last pair, surprisingly matched her split times. Although she faded a little in the second half of the race, Han finished second, tying with Valentina Stenina. As with more North Korean skaters, Han's international appearances were marked by periods of absence, and little was heard from her between 1968 and her last Olympic appearance in 1972. She did, however, compete in five World Championships, placing 5th in 1965 and winning a distance medal in the 3000 m in 1966.

In the 1980s, Han coached Song Hwa-Son, who won a bronze medal at the 1984 World Junior Championships. She was elected into the North Korean parliament in 1998, and continued working for the North Korean Skating Association. Han's older brother, Han Pil-Seong, was separated from the rest of the family with the 1953 Korean armistice and lives in South Korea. Since then, he and Pil-Hwa have been able to speak to each other only twice; in a phone call in the early 1970s, and at the Asian Winter Games in Sapporo in 1990, which Pil-Hwa attended as a coach.

Personal Bests: 500 – 44.9 (1970); 1000 – 1:32.3 (1970); 1500 – 2:24.2 (1970); 3000 – 5:03.7 (1970).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Winter 22 Innsbruck Speed Skating Women's 500 metres North Korea PRK 28
1964 Winter 22 Innsbruck Speed Skating Women's 1,500 metres North Korea PRK 9
1964 Winter 22 Innsbruck Speed Skating Women's 3,000 metres North Korea PRK 2T Silver
1972 Winter 30 Sapporo Speed Skating Women's 1,000 metres North Korea PRK 12T
1972 Winter 30 Sapporo Speed Skating Women's 1,500 metres North Korea PRK 13
1972 Winter 30 Sapporo Speed Skating Women's 3,000 metres North Korea PRK 9

Women's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1964 Winter 22 Innsbruck Speed Skating North Korea Final Standings 28 58.5

Women's 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c
1972 Winter 30 Sapporo Speed Skating North Korea Final Standings 12T 1:33.79 20.6 55.5

Women's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1964 Winter 22 Innsbruck Speed Skating North Korea Final Standings 9 2:30.1 30 1:08 1:48
1972 Winter 30 Sapporo Speed Skating North Korea Final Standings 13 2:25.64 29.4 1:05.1 1:43.7

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
1964 Winter 22 Innsbruck Speed Skating North Korea Final Standings 2T 5:18.5 22 1:00 1:41 2:23 3:05 3:49 4:33
1972 Winter 30 Sapporo Speed Skating North Korea Final Standings 9 5:07.24 21.79 1:00.00 1:39.44 2:19.47 3:00.15 3:41.88 4:24.11
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