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Kim Gi-Hun

Full name: Kim Gi-Hun
Original name: 김 기훈
Other name(s): Kim Ki-Hoon
Gender: Male
Height: 5'8" (172 cm)
Weight: 139 lbs (63 kg)
Born: July 14, 1967 in Seoul, Seoul, South Korea
Country: KOR South Korea
Sport: Short Track Speed Skating

Medals: 3 Gold (3 Total)

Biography

Kim Gi-Hun's most impressive season was in 1992. Short-track first appeared at the Olympics as a full medal sport in Albertville that year, and Kim won the gold in both of the men's events. In the 1,000 m, he broke the world record (which had been set by compatriot [Lee Jun-Ho] in the semi-finals) to earn his country's first ever Olympic gold medal at the Winter Games. Two days later, Lee and Kim teamed up to win the relay gold as well. Kim's season ended with yet another title, grabbing the gold medal in the World Championships after having placed second in 1989 and 1991. His victory was particularly dominant, as he claimed first place in all four distances. Prior to 1992, Kim Gi-Hun had already won three distance world titles, as well as first place in the 1,500 m at the demonstration events during the 1988 Calgary Olympics. At the 1994 Olympics, he managed to retain his 1,000 m title in an exciting race, which would also mark his last major achievement in the sport. He returned to the national team for the 2002 and 2010 Olympics as a coach, and served as a physical education professor at Ulsan College.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Short Track Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres South Korea KOR 1 Gold
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Short Track Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Relay South Korea KOR 1 Gold
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Men's 500 metres South Korea KOR 12
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres South Korea KOR 1 Gold

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS BT T
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating South Korea Final Standings 12 5 44.04
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating South Korea Quarter-Finals Heat One 3 2 44.04
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating South Korea Round One Heat Five 2 Q 3 45.32

Men's 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T PTS
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Short Track Speed Skating South Korea Final Standings 1
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Short Track Speed Skating South Korea Final Round A Final 1 WR 1:30.76
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Short Track Speed Skating South Korea Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 Q 1:32.12 5
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Short Track Speed Skating South Korea Quarter-Finals Heat Three 1 Q/OR 1:32.67 5
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Short Track Speed Skating South Korea Round One Heat Seven 1 Q 1:33.79 5
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating South Korea Final Standings 1
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating South Korea Final Round A Final 1 1:34.57
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating South Korea Semi-Finals Heat One 1 Q 1:31.69 5
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating South Korea Quarter-Finals Heat Three 2 Q 1:30.89 3
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating South Korea Round One Heat Four 1 Q 1:33.63 5

Men's 5,000 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Short Track Speed Skating South Korea KOR Final Standings 1
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Short Track Speed Skating South Korea KOR Final Round A Final 1
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Short Track Speed Skating South Korea KOR Semi-Finals Heat One 1
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Short Track Speed Skating South Korea KOR Round One Heat One 1