Who is Tae-Bum Mo? He is a South Korean speed skater who just won an Olympic Gold medal in the 500 meter race. Read a biography plus see Tae-Bum Mo photos and video below.
Tae-Bum Mo’s gold medal win in the 500 meters was the first gold medal in that event for his country.
The race was delayed because of problems with the Olympia Ice Resurfacer. Instead of smoothing the ice, it did quite the contrary, providing a “bumpy” surface to skate on. The race resumed an hour later.
In Mo’s first heat, he clocked in with a time of 34.92. In the second, his time of 34.906 earned himself a Gold medal, with a combined time of 69.82 seconds. Japan took the silver and bronze, Keiichiro Nagashima (69.98) and Joji Kato (70.01), respectively.
American Shani Davis, a rival of Mo’s, dropped out after the first heat. Davis wasn’t heavily favored to win the race anyways.
What a nice birthday present! The South Korean speed skater turned 21 today. He is scheduled to compete in the 1500m and 1000m events as well.
As a biography, here is what we know about Tae-Bum Mo. He is 21 years of age and was born in Seoul, South Korea. Standing at 5’10″, he weighs 158 pounds. Currently, he makes his home in Namyangju, South Korea.
Competing as a Junior, he won two Gold medals at the World Junior Championships in 2006 at Erfurt in the 500 meters and 1500 meters events.
Later, Mo would compete at the 2008-2009 Speed Skating World Cup and overall came in 10th place. At the 2009 Worlds (Single Distance) Championships, he competed in the 1000 meters and placed 8th, and in the 1500 meters he came in 11th.
Again, our congratulations to Tae-Bum Mo. The South Korean speed skater has much to celebrate on his birthday – turning 21 and winning the Olympic Gold medal. See more Tae-Bum Mo photos and as soon as a video is available we will update this post.