It’s the next step of a long-term plan he’s set for himself moving forward.
His ultimate ambitions?
To compete as an elite Olympian, possibly a gold medalist, until 2038, when he’ll be nearly forty.
“I’ve dreamt of becoming an Olympic champion ever since I laced up my first pair of skates as a kid. That’s the goal for Milano-Cortina 2026. And once I do win that elusive gold medal, I’m going to try to defend it multiple times and just endlessly improve as an athlete. That’s why I plan on skating in four more Olympics before calling it a day.”
“I never imagined that simple act would attract so much attention from the media. It just came out of instinct because Ning Zhongyan is actually a close friend of mine. We’re both 22 years old and he’s a nice guy who I often chat with, so I felt the urge to offer my emotional support. I think he was deeply disappointed that he couldn’t perform up to expectations when it mattered most in front of his home crowd in Beijing.”
For future competitions including the next Winter Games, it’s likely Kim will no longer be competing in what’s long been one of his main events, the 5,000 meters, to focus more on the shorter distances.metasports
There’s a reason the press calls him a monster on ice.
Beating competitors overwhelming him in size, South Korean speed skater Kim Min-seok placed third in the men’s 1,500 meters to bring home his country’s first medal of the Beijing Winter Olympics.
“The short track speed skating competitions began well before I won my bronze medal and I think everyone in Korea, including me, expected the nation’s first podium finish to come from the short track squad since they’re such a powerhouse. Of course, a series of unfortunate events prevented that from happening, but all in all, it was a great honor for me to win my country’s first medal in Beijing. Makes it more special.”