Veteran Speed Skater to Carry Flag at 6th Winter Olympics

Lee Kyou-hyuk Lee Kyou-hyuk

Speed skater Lee Kyou-hyuk will carry the Korean national flag at the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics next month. It is the first time the honor has been bestowed on him.

Lee will become the first Korean athlete to compete in six consecutive Winter Games after he first appeared at the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics.

Since joining the national team in 1993, he has represented the height of Korean speed skating for the last two decades. Lee has four gold medals from the World Sprint Speed Skating Championships and one from the World Single Distance Championships. He also set world records in the 1,000 m in 1997 and 1,500 m in 2001.

However, he has never managed to win a medal at the Olympics. His best result was fourth in the 1,000 m at Turin 2006, where he missed out on a medal by just 0.05 seconds.

Lee, born in March 1978, will be the oldest Korean athlete competing in Sochi.

Korea will send 71 athletes and 49 officials to Sochi. Two alpine skiers and three freestyle skiers secured their berths on Tuesday.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jan. 29, 2014 10:32 KST