MINJI KIM

Speed Skating Korea National Sport University
163 cm | 57 kg

Tell us about how you started speed skating.

I started speed skating to see my dad more often. He is a speed skating coach. Also, my brother had begun skating, so it was natural for me to start as well.

Skaters seem to have a preference for the inner or outer lanes. Which lane do you prefer to start on?

I'm a short-distance skater. So if I start on the inner lane I will finish on the outer lane and vice versa.

I always like to finish the race in the inner lane. So for the 500 m, I prefer starting on the outer lane, and for the 1000 m, I prefer starting on the inner lane.

Races usually get tiring towards the end, so I prefer finishing in the inner lane. Also, I can see my competitors in front of me, so my records tend to be reduced.

How do you deal with accidents that happen during training or competition?

My body feels like I'm getting injured. Whenever I get that feeling, I refuse to train. There's no good way to prevent injuries.

I picked up a knee injury in June last year. I thought I'd be okay at first, but the pain got worse and more severe. Eventually I worked on strengthening the muscles around my knee.

I was okay mentally though. I just thought of the injury as a short break before the Beijing Olympics.

In one of your races, your competitor tripped. The results of speed skating competitions are often affected by who you're racing against. How do you deal with situations like that?

In that race, I was a little distracted obviously, but I tried to take my mind off it. I just tried to focus on myself and keep my pace.

And to be honest, I'm too focused on my own race to be paying attention to what's happening.

 

What are your strengths and weaknesses as a speed skater? 

Because I mainly race short distances, the start is very critical. My first push at the start is very quick.

However, I'm not so adept at keeping up the pace as the race carries on. I think this is something I could improve on as a skater.

What did you think of WaveWear?

When I injured my knee, the K2 knee sleeves helped a lot.

I was in quite a bit of pain and I wasn't able to train without taping. But with the K2 sleeves, I didn't need taping and I could train, so that was awesome.

I like the T20 compression top as well. This helps me a lot when I wear it underneath my uniform.

Tell us about your goals for the future.

I'd like to compete in the Beijing Olympics and hopefully win a medal. After that, I want to be an athlete at the top of my game.

But I try not to think too far ahead. I feel like that would take away the focus. I want to focus on the present.

 

 
ISU 4 Continents Speed Skating Team Sprint Silver Medal.
The women's middle school women's 1000m gold medal at the 97th National Winter Sports Festival.
The women's middle school women's gold medal in the 500m speed skating at the 97th National Winter Sports Festival.
1st place in women's middle school 500m at the National Men's and Women's Comprehensive Speed Skating Championships.