One thing about me is my love of cars. I’m looking for a new one right now so I think I’m going to use my prize money there.
Lastly, what do you want to accomplish in Milano-Cortina 2026 and what are your career goals moving forward?
I’ve dreamt of becoming an Olympic champion ever since I laced up my first pair of skates as a boy. 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, which means I need to constantly stay in competitive shape. I can’t get lazy. It’s all about hard work and dedication.
Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic bronze medalist in speed skating, Kim Min-seok. Thank you so much for your time. We’ll be rooting for you.
I’m pretty sure it’s the same for every Olympian out there. My parents. My mother and father have always been very supportive of my speed skating journey since I was very young, despite the hardships along the way. I’m so happy that I can repay what they’ve given me with my bronze medal.
Min-seok, I heard that you’re currently preparing to compete in not only the 1,500m, but also the shorter distances as well. Is that right?
The 1,500m and 5,000m have always been my two main events, but moving forward, I think I’ll soon be focusing on the 1,000m instead of the 5,000m. By honing my skills in the 1,000m, I believe I can make up for the shortcomings that I have in the 1,500m to perform better at the Milano-Cortina Winter Olympics four years from now.metasports
In a different interview, you emphasized the importance of having a rival. So, who is Kim Min-seok’s rival?
There are quite a few actually. Ning Zhongyan, who we just talked about, is one of them. He’s a brilliant skater who happens to be the same age as me. Silver medalist Thomas Krol is another one. But I have to say Kjeld Nuis, the Olympic champion, is my greatest rival.
Like you alluded to earlier, Team Korea suffered controversial disqualifications in short track speed skating before your amazing 1,500m race. It was a heartbreaking moment that left many Koreans shaking in anger. I’m wondering whether the controversy served as a catalyst in any way to motivate you to perform better?