The sports world is in mourning this week after Oh Se-jong, a South Korean speedskater who won the gold medal in the 5,000-meter relay at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, was killed in a motorcycle accident on Monday. He was only 33 years-old.
The Yonhap News Agency reported that Oh’s motorcycle hit another vehicle that was making a U-turn.
Oh was a short-track skater, which is the speedskating equivalent of a sprinter, and he was part of the legendary South Korean team that included stars such as Ahn Hyun-soo (who has since skated for Russia as Viktor Ahn) and that took on champions including the American Apolo Anton Ohno.
“The Koreans are really a step ahead,” the Canadian skater François-Louis Tremblay told The Associated Press at the 2006 World Short Track Speedskating Championships, just after the Olympics. “We have to move forward to keep up with them.”
According to The New York Times, Oh was born in Seoul on Oct. 9, 1982. In addition to being an Olympian, he was also a member of the 5,000-meter relay team that won gold at the 2003 world championships.
Please pray for Oh’s friends and family during this difficult time!