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Kim Gi-Hun

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 3
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 3
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, Competed in Olympic Games (non-medal events)
SexMale
Full nameKim•Gi-Hun
Used nameKim•Gi-Hun
Name orderOriental
Original name김•기훈
Other namesKim Ki-Hoon
Born14 July 1967 in Seoul (KOR)
Measurements172 cm / 63 kg
NOC Republic of Korea

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 Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1988 Winter Olympics Short Track Speed Skating (Skating) KOR Kim Gi-Hun
500 metres, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) 7
1,000 metres, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) 7
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) 1
3,000 m, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) 24
1992 Winter Olympics Short Track Speed Skating (Skating) KOR Kim Gi-Hun
1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
5,000 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) Republic of Korea 1 Gold
1994 Winter Olympics Short Track Speed Skating (Skating) KOR Kim Gi-Hun
500 metres, Men (Olympic) 12
1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold

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