‘New ice queen’ Kim Min-seon (24, Uijeongbu City Hall) will participate in the International Skating Union (ISU) Speed Skating World Cup series in the 2023-2024 season.
The 2023-2024 season ISU Speed Skating World Cup will be held six times from the 10th to February next year. The first competition will begin in Obihiro, Japan on the 10th.
Min-seon Kim will attempt to win her first gold medal of the season in the first race of her women’s 500m at 2:30 pm on the 10th, her first day. 바카라사이트닷컴
Kim Min-seon, who was the best sprinter in Korea but failed to become a global powerhouse, showed off his rapid growth in the 2022-2023 season and solidified his position as a ‘world class’ athlete.
Following in the footsteps of Lee Sang-hwa, who won the women’s 500m title twice in a row at the Winter Olympics (Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014), she has emerged as a leading figure in Korean women’s sprinting.
It has paid off for her since two years ago, when she trained for middle and long distances to build up her endurance. She made up for her lack of stamina in the second half of the race.
Also, getting rid of her chronic back pain through thorough management became the driving force behind Kim Min-seon’s soaring.
Last season, she boasted of her progress since the first round of the World Cup. In the 500m she won a gold medal and in the 1000m she won a silver medal. Her World Cup women’s 1000m silver medal was something that could not even be idealized.
This was just the beginning for her.
Min-seon Kim swept the 500m gold medals from the first to the fifth competitions of her last season’s World Cup. In the 6th competition, she missed out on the gold medal, but she won the silver medal.
Her 500m personal best was also reduced twice. Last December, she competed in the third and fourth competitions held in Calgary, Canada, where she recorded times of 36.972 and 36.96, respectively. She also came one step closer to her world record of 36.36 seconds, set by Lee Sang-hwa in November 2013.
Min-seon Kim was ranked first in her overall ranking in the women’s 500m at last season’s World Cup.
In addition to the World Cup series, she continued her busy schedule by competing in the Four Continents Championships and the Winter Universiade. At the Four Continents Championships, she won two gold medals, sweeping the 500m and 1000m gold medals, and at the Winter Universiade, she won three gold medals, winning gold medals in the women’s 500m, 1000m and mixed relay.
Kim Min-sun, who appeared to be struggling with physical strength at the end of her season, was disappointed at the World Championships in her event. In the 500m she finished in 4th place, narrowly missing out on a medal, and in the 1000m she finished in 11th place.
This season Minsun Kim is adapting to her replacement skate shoes and is aiming for her medal at the World Championships, which she missed last season.
Min-sun Kim changed her skate shoes this September with an eye on the 2026 Winter Olympics in Milan/Cortina d’Ampezzo. Although she had her best performance last season, she is determined to pursue her Olympic medal dreams.
Typically, athletes replace their skate shoes every 5 to 6 years if they fit well. Because she needs time to adjust to changing skate shoes, she decided that if she wanted to perform at her best during the Olympic season, the best time to change them would be before this season.
I am adapting to the new skate shoes faster than expected. Min-seon Kim won her Chairman’s Cup competition held at the Taereung International Skating Rink in Nowon-gu, Seoul earlier this month with a time of 38.05 seconds. Considering her ice quality, her record is not too bad.
Coach Jegal Seong-ryeol of Uijeongbu City Hall, Kim Min-seon’s team, said, “I wore the skate shoes I wore until last season for about 4 years, and I thought it would be difficult to hold on to them after 3 years. If I change them next year, there may be psychological pressure, so I changed them in advance and let them get used to it. “I decided to go through with it,” he explained, adding, “When I change my skating shoes, the angles on my curves and back change, but I’m adapting relatively well.”
The biggest goal this season is to conquer the world championships, which will be held in February and March next year. The plan is to keep in mind that the Olympics will be held around the same time.
Coach Jegal said, “In order to achieve good results in the Olympics, the pace must be good in January and February. So we have established a strategy to accommodate this.”
One of the reasons for this strategy is that it takes more than 10 actual trials to fully adapt to the skate shoes.
Coach Jegal said, “After practicing for about a month or two and competing about 10 times, the skate shoes will become soft and fit well. We are adapting quickly, but we need more time.” He added, “It is one of the reasons why we are focusing on the World Championships rather than the World Cup. “He said.
In this World Cup series, 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics men’s 500m silver medalist Cha Min-gyu (Dongducheon City Hall), long-distance star Jae-won Jeong (Uijeongbu City Hall), and men’s long-distance veteran Lee Seung-hoon (Alpensia) will also hit the ice.
Kim Bo-reum (Gangwon Provincial Office), a long-distance star who took a break after the Beijing Olympics, is also running with the Taegeuk symbol again.