Speed Skater Lee Sang-hwa to Skip 1,000-m Race

  • By Kim Seung-jae

    February 14, 2018 09:29

    Speed skater Lee Sang-hwa will skip the women's 1,000-m race at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang on Wednesday to focus on her main 500-m event on Sunday.

    The two-time Olympic champion is aiming for her third gold medal in the 500-m event. She used to compete in both events, but she apparently wants to keep in good form for the 500-m race as the shorter race comes later this time than it did in the past.

    Speed skater Lee Sang-hwa does stretching exercises at a gym in Gangnueng, Gangwon Province on Tuesday. /Yonhap

    Lee will face her archrival Nao Kodaira of Japan, who is currently ranked No. 1 in the world. Kodaira set the world record for the women's 1,000-m race in December.

    Meanwhile, Korea will still be represented on Wednesday, with Park Seung-hi and Kim Hyun-yung competing in the 1,000-m race.

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