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3 janvier 2018

Koreans are back

Korean speed skaters were in every battle in the 2017 World Cup campaign.

By Jackob Savard
Photos: Tony Chung (@SHORTTRACKHD)

The Korean men’s team didn't do so well after the Sochi Olympic games.

Sochi’s misstep
The Korean team composed of Lee Han-bin, Lee Ho-suk, Kim Yun-jae, Park Se-yeong et Sin Da-woon came back with zero medals from the 2014 Olympics. The best performance was Lee Han-bin's sixth place in the 1500m. Ironically, Viktor Ahn, who was rejected from the Korean team a couple of years prior to the Sochi Olympics, won 4 medals including 3 gold representing Russia at the Games.

The years following the Games were also difficult and the number of World championships overall podium went down dramatically.

Here's the number of times members from the men's Korean team got on the overall podium at the World championships after Vancouver and after Sochi:

A new era
A new era started at the 2017 World championships with Seo Yi-ra’s overall world champion title. Since then, young skaters like Yi-ra, Lim Hyo-jun and Hwang Dae-heon are leading the Korean men’s team.

The reigning world champion Seo Yi-ra was in every top 10 of this year's World cup season ranking and was a big part of Korea’s second place in the relay classification. Hyo-jun finished top 6 on every distances and was really impressive in his first year on the circuit. Dae-heon won the 1500m World cup ranking, finished second in the 1000m ranking and fourth in the 500m. He was one of the most dominant skater on the circuit this season.

Koreans are coming back just in time for the Pyeongchang Olympics. It will be interesting to see how this young team will handle all the pressure of the Olympics being held at home.

We would like you to predict how many medals will the Korean men’s team will get in Pyeongchang (on a possibility of 10). See our survey at the top right of this page or by clicking HERE.

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