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Skater eyeing East Asian games

Speed skater Lee Kyou-hyuk is leaning heavily toward staying in the game until the East Asian Championships in 2011.

“With the East Asian Championships being held next year, I am currently debating whether to continue to compete for another year,” Lee told the media during a ceremony Monday at his alma mater, Korea University. “I personally like the training aspect, so if the opportunity presents itself, I would like to continue.”

The 31-year-old is coming off his fifth Winter Olympics. Although he had been favored to win the gold in the men’s 500-meter speed skating event in Vancouver and at previous Games, Lee finished his Olympics career without a single medal.

Lee competed in his first Olympics at the 1994 Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway, as a 15-year-old.

While he has never climbed an Olympic podium, he has played an instrumental role in raising the standard of speed skating in Korea.

Lee previously held two world records and has won four golds and two silvers at the Asian Winter Games.

In addition, he has consistently ranked in the top two in the 500- and 1,000-meter events at the International Skating Union World Cup and World Sprint Championships over the past three years.


By Jason Kim [jason@joongang.co.kr]
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