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(Olympics) Veteran speed skater opens third Winter Games

송고시간2018/02/10 10:00

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By Yoo Jee-ho

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Feb. 10 (Yonhap) -- Veteran speed skater Lee Seung-hoon will open his Winter Olympic campaign on Sunday with the men's 5,000 meters.

This will be the first of four races for Lee at the PyeongChang Winter Games. He's later scheduled to compete in the 10,000m, team pursuit and mass start.

Lee, 29, won silver in the 5,000m at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, where he also won gold in the 10,000m. Lee picked up a team pursuit silver medal in Sochi four years later and has since evolved into a mass start specialist.

South Korean figure skater Lee Seung-hoon trains at Gangneung Oval in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, in preparation for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics on Feb. 8, 2018. (Yonhap) South Korean figure skater Lee Seung-hoon trains at Gangneung Oval in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, in preparation for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics on Feb. 8, 2018. (Yonhap)

While Lee likely won't be challenging for a medal in the 5,000m, speed skating fans will still have plenty to watch, as Sven Kramer of the Netherlands chases his third straight gold in the distance.

Lee and Kramer will meet again in the 10,000m, team pursuit and mass start.

Elsewhere on Sunday, South Korea will try to rally in the figure skating team event.

Only the top five teams after the short programs in four disciplines -- the men's and women's singles, pairs and ice dance -- will get to perform their free skates and fight for a spot on the podium.

After the short programs in the men's singles and the pairs, South Korea ranked ninth among 10 nations.

On Sunday, Choi Da-bin in the ladies' singles and the ice dance team of Min Yu-ra and Alexander Gamelin will try to beat the odds and lift the country to the next stage.

jeeho@yna.co.kr

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