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Retired Lee admits Olympic failures inspired him

(Reuters) - Four-time world champion speed skater Lee Kyou-hyuk's pursuit of an elusive Olympic medal was the motivation that kept him in the sport for so long, the Korean said as he bid a formal and emotional farewell on Monday. The 36-year-old had announced his retirement in February after failing to win a medal at the Sochi Games, his sixth Winter Olympics.

Speed skater Lee Kyou-hyuk bids teary farewell to sport

SEOUL, April 7 (Yonhap) -- South Korean speed skater Lee Kyou-hyuk on Monday bid a teary farewell to his sport, saying he ends his career a happy man despite not having won an Olympic medal.

Speed skater Lee Kyou-hyuk bids teary farewell to sport

SEOUL, April 7 (Yonhap) -- South Korean speed skater Lee Kyou-hyuk on Monday bid a teary farewell to his sport, saying he ends his career a happy man despite not having won an Olympic medal.

Exclusive: More South Koreans set to follow Ahn abroad, says dad

By Peter Rutherford and Narae Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - More Olympic athletes are set to ditch their South Korean passports and compete for rival nations unless the country's skating union (KSU) reforms, the father of Korea's greatest sporting defector has told Reuters. Anger with the KSU has boiled among Koreans following Ahn Hyun-soo's defection to Russia in 2011 - and was only exacerbated when the 28-year-old won his fourth, fifth and sixth Olympic gold medals in Sochi under the name Viktor Ahn, and as a Russian competitor.

Leading Korea skating official resigns after Sochi flop

By Narae Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - The powerful vice chairman of the Korean Skating Union (KSU), Jeon Myung-gyu, resigned on Monday as South Korea moved to put a disappointing Sochi Olympics behind it and start building for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games. The KSU came under fire after the men's short track team failed to win a medal in Sochi, while Viktor Ahn, who won three golds for Korea in 2006 before switching allegiance to Russia, took three more titles for his adopted country.

S. Korean Shim wins women's overall title at short track world championships

SEOUL, March 17 (Yonhap) -- South Korean teenager Shim Suk-hee was crowned the women's overall champion at the World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Montreal on Sunday. Shim earned 102 total points by virtue of winning three races, becoming the first South Korean overall champ in the women's competition since Cho Ha-ri in 2011. Another South Korean, Park Seung-hi, finished second overall with 73 points.

Winter Olympics stars honored as top amateur athletes

SEOUL, March 12 (Yonhap) -- Speed skater Lee Sang-hwa and figure skater Kim Yu-na were named South Korea's top amateur athletes at an annual award ceremony on Wednesday. They shared the highest individual honors at the corporate-sponsored event, which has been recognizing the country's amateur athletes since 1995. Lee and Kim were honored for their accomplishments at the Sochi Winter Olympics held last month in Russia.

Olympic short track medalists say still work to be done this season

SEOUL, March 3 (Yonhap) -- They may have come home with medals from the recently concluded Winter Olympics, but South Korea's short track speed skaters said Monday their season is far from over. Park Seung-hi, a double gold medalist from the Sochi Winter Games last month, was among five short trackers to receive financial rewards for their performances from the Korea Skating Union (KSU). Park was on the gold medal-winning team with four others in the women's 3,000m relay, and added another gold medal in the 1,000m and the bronze medal in the 500m.

Speed skater Lee Sang-hwa receives top nat'l sports award after record-breaking season

SEOUL, Feb. 28 (Yonhap) -- Speed skater Lee Sang-hwa on Friday received the top national sports award on the strength of her monumental, record-breaking season, recently capped off with her second straight Olympic gold medal. The 25-year-old was the recipient of the grand prize at the 60th annual Korean Olympic Committee (KOC) Awards. Earlier this month at the Sochi Winter Olympics, Lee successfully defended her gold medal in the women's 500 meters.

(Olympics) Mixed performances as S. Korea falls below medal goal in Sochi

SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 23 (Yonhap) -- The speed skaters gritted their teeth to the finish line. The short trackers fell and got up, only to fall down again. The figure skating icon may or may not have gotten the short end of the judging stick. Add that up, and South Korea fell shy of its goal of winning four gold medals and finishing in the top 10 at the Sochi Winter Olympics -- a publicly-stated objective that, hindsight being 20/20, may have been a tad ambitious.
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