The 41-year-old is set to make a return to competitive action
Judo legend, Lee Won-hee of South Korea, is ready to make his return to competitive action at the Ulaanbaatar Grand Slam in Mongolia this weekend. His decorated career left a mark on the international stage. Lee’s achievements consist of the 2004 Olympic gold medal at -73kg, 2003 World Championships gold medal, 2003 gold medal at the Asian Judo Championships, 2003 Summer Universiade gold medal, and a gold medal at the 2006 Asian games. His return to the tatami this weekend comes with high anticipation.
Some fans may be wondering how the long time away from international competition will affect Lee. However, Lee trusts that his commitment to fitness and rigorous training regiments ensure that he is at the peak of his abilities to this day. His return to the -73kg category demonstrates his determination to compete at the highest level of judo once again.
Lee also rejoined the Korean Men’s Judo Team and was a huge help to his preparation for Ulaanbaatar. It gave him the opportunity to train alongside talented and younger judoka, the exact environment he would need to refine his physical condition and regain his competitive edge. Three training sessions a day guarantees that Lee is ready to step back on to the tatami.
It should be noted that it will not be an easy road for any of the opposing judo players across from Lee Won-Hee. As mentioned earlier in the article, Lee’s resume speaks for itself. His skill, experience, and strategic prowess make him a formidable opponent for any judoka. Combining his years of competitive experience with his years of training, Lee has deepened his understanding of judo and continued to hone his technique.
Lee’s involvement in judo throughout the years has never halted. He coached the Korean Women’s Judo Team at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. From there he moved on to coach at the University of Taipei in Taiwan. We are happy to welcome Lee Won-Hee back to the tatami and are excited about witnessing his return!