Lee Seong-Deok

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameLee•Seong-Deok
Used nameLee•Seong-Deok
Name orderOriental
Original name이•성덕
Other namesSeitoku Ri, 李 聖徳
Born20 January 1912 in Sinuiju (PRK)
Died8 July 1968
AffiliationsWaseda University, Tokyo (JPN)
NOC Japan
Nationality Republic of Korea


The Korean born Lee Seong-Deok won two distance events at the 1933 All Japan Speed Skating Championships and based on this, also the all-round championship, while attending the Dong-A Commercial School. In the following year, he clinched the title in the 1,500 m, when he was already a student at Waseda University, and placed second in the all-round. At the 1936 Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Lee competed in all four events with his best place (16th) in the 500 m. During his trip to the Olympics, he also competed at the European Championships in Oslo. After the liberation of Korea, he lived in Seoul and later served as chairman of the Korean Ice Skating Federation.

Personal Bests: 500 – 44.1 (1938); 1500 – 2:28.9 (1936); 5000 – 9:06.5 (1935); 10000 – 18:50.3 (1936).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1936 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) JPN KOR Lee Seong-Deok
500 metres, Men (Olympic) =16
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) =23
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) =27
10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 25