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Lee, Hwang included on Olympics rising stars list

Lee Yu-bin competes in the women's 1000 meters at the ISU World Cup in Dordrecht, the Netherlands on Nov. 26, 2021. [XINHUA/YONHAP]

Lee Yu-bin competes in the women's 1000 meters at the ISU World Cup in Dordrecht, the Netherlands on Nov. 26, 2021. [XINHUA/YONHAP]

 
Korean short track speed skaters Lee Yu-bin and Hwang Dae-heon were included on a list of the 30 rising stars to watch at the 2022 Beijing Games published on Olympics.com on Tuesday.
 
The skating pair were the only Koreans to make "The 30 youngsters to watch at Beijing 2022" list, which highlighted one male and one female athlete from each of 15 sports.
 
"The 3,000-meter relay Olympic champion from PyeongChang 2018 is still only 20," the article said about Lee. "She took gold at the World Cup in late November in the 1,500 meters."
 
Lee is a threat across all distances. She is the world No. 1 in the women's 1,500 meters, the world No. 12 in the 1,000 meters and the world No. 43 in the 500 meters, as well as a key part of the Korean relay team, which ranks at No. 2 in the world.
 
She won gold in the 1,500 meters at both the Dordrecht and Beijing World Cups this season.
 
Hwang Dae-heon competes in the Men's 1000-meter final at the ISU World Cup in Debrecen, Hungary on Nov. 21, 2021. [XINHUA/YONHAP]

Hwang Dae-heon competes in the Men's 1000-meter final at the ISU World Cup in Debrecen, Hungary on Nov. 21, 2021. [XINHUA/YONHAP]

 
Hwang, already a veteran in the sport despite his age, got a longer introduction in the Olympics article.
 
"The 22-year-old skater from the Republic of Korea is young and experienced, which can be a deadly combination in this sport," the article said. "He won silver in the 500-meter event at PyeongChang 2018 behind Dajing Wu from the People's Republic of China. He is a bronze and silver medalist from the world championships in 2018 and 2019, respectively."
 
Hwang has won three gold World Cup medals this season, in the men's 1,000 meters at the Debrecen and Beijing World Cups and in the 500 meters at the Nagoya World Cup. He ranks at No. 2 in the world in the men's 1,000 meters, No. 5 in the 500 meters and No. 11 in the 1,500 meters.
 
Korea will be competing in all nine short track events at the Beijing Olympics — the mixed team pursuit, the women’s 500-meter, 1000-meter, 1500-meter, the women’s team pursuit, men’s 500-meter, 1000-meter, 1500-meter and team pursuit.
 
 

BY JIM BULLEY [jim.bulley@joongang.co.kr]
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