‘Cross-country legend’ Chae-won Lee, 6th Olympics… Most tie record in Korea

From left: Lee Chae-won, Jeong Jong-won, Kim Min-woo, and Lee Eui-jin. Provided by the Korea Ski Association

Korean cross-country legend Chae-won Lee (40, Pyeongchang County Office) has obtained the right to participate in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

Chae-won Lee took first place in the women’s 5km free race at the International Ski Federation (FIS) Far East Cup and Korea Ski Association 2022 Beijing Olympic Athlete Selection Match held at Alpensia Cross-Country Stadium in Pyeongchang, Gangwon-do, on the 27th, with a time of 14:33.8.

In the 5km classic the previous day, Chae-won Lee, who finished second in 16 minutes and 01 seconds 0, 11.9 seconds behind Lee Ui-jin (20, Gyeonggi Provincial Government), recorded 30 minutes 34 seconds 8 in the classic and free, and took first place in the Beijing Olympics.

1st and 2nd place went to the Beijing Olympics, followed by Lee Chae-won and Lee Eui-jin with a time of 30 minutes 49 seconds 5.

Chaewon Lee is a Korean cross-country sign who has participated in the Winter Olympics five times from Salt Lake in 2002 to Pyeongchang in 2018.

After retiring from the national team at the end of the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, he recently challenged to compete again at the 2022 Beijing Olympics, and on this day he finally achieved his goal.

The six Olympic appearances is the tie record for the most appearances in the Winter and Summer Olympics by a Korean athlete.

Among Korean athletes, Kyu-hyeok Lee (ice skating), Seo-woo Choi, Heung-cheol Choi, and Hyun-ki Kim (skier) achieved the 6th Olympic appearance.

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Chaewon Lee won 78 gold medals in the national winter sports competitions from 1996 to last year, and was also selected as the MVP three times as the strongest player in Korea.

Lee Chae-won, who was the oldest Korean athlete at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, is highly likely to become the oldest Korean athlete at the 2022 Beijing Olympics when he turns 41.

Lee Chae-won is three years older than the current cross-country national team coach Im Gyu Im, so it was this representative selection that Lee Chae-won’s ‘old man fighting spirit’ shined.

Chae-won Lee’s best Olympic record was 33rd in the 30km free event at the 2014 Sochi Games.

Chaewon Lee won the first gold medal at the Asian Winter Games in cross-country history in Korea in 2011, and his 12th place at the 2017 FIS World Cup is the best result of the Korean Cross-Country World Cup.

Chaewon Lee said, “I was sluggish on the first day because I wasn’t feeling well.

“But today, I felt frustrated with my game,” he said. “When I go to Beijing, realistically, my goal is not to be last, but I will work hard to prepare for the rest of the time and try to get into the top 30 once again.”

In the men’s division, Kim Min-woo (23, Pyeongchang County Office) and Jeong Jong-won (29, Gyeonggi Provincial Office) were selected as representatives of the Beijing Olympics.

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