NAM Hyunhee


Personal Information

Family Husband Gong Hyo-Suk, daughter Hi [2013]

Residence Seongnam, KOR

Occupation Athlete

Languages English, Korean

Higher education Physical Education - Korea National Sports University: Seoul, KOR

License number 29091981001


World Cup561021
Shanghai (CHINA), 2006-03-04Las Vegas (USA), 2007-06-22La Havane (CUBA), 2005-06-25
Las Vegas (USA), 2006-06-16Leipzig (GERMANY), 2009-02-21Belgrade (SERBIA), 2008-02-09
Salzbourg (AUSTRIA), 2009-01-31Budapest (HUNGARY), 2009-03-14Shanghai (CHINA), 2008-05-03
New York (USA), 2010-06-19Turin (ITALY), 2009-03-21Las Vegas (USA), 2008-06-21
Shanghai (CHINA), 2011-05-06Leipzig (GERMANY), 2010-02-20Zrenjanin (SERBIA), 2009-02-07
Alger (ALGERIA), 2017-01-13Shanghai (CHINA), 2010-05-03
Budapest (HUNGARY), 2011-03-25
St-Petersbourg (RUSSIA), 2011-06-05
Tauberbischofsheim (GERMANY), 2012-02-10
Budapest (HUNGARY), 2014-02-07
World Championship--22
Paris (FRANCE), 2010-11-05
Catania (ITALY), 2011-10-09
Zone Championships5218
Séoul (KOREA), 2010-07-08Singapore (SINGAPORE), 2015-06-25Bangkok (THAILAND), 2018-06-18
Séoul (KOREA), 2011-07-08Hong Kong (HONG KONG, CHINA), 2017-06-16
Wakayama (JAPAN), 2012-04-22
Suwon City (KOREA), 2014-07-02
Wuxi (CHINA), 2016-04-13
Grand Prix48618
Tokyo (JAPAN), 2006-03-10St-Petersbourg (RUSSIA), 2007-03-09Gdansk (POLAND), 2006-05-19
Tokyo (JAPAN), 2007-05-18Marseille (FRANCE), 2007-03-23Gdansk (POLAND), 2009-02-27
Tokyo (JAPAN), 2008-05-09Marseille (FRANCE), 2009-03-27St-Petersbourg (RUSSIA), 2009-05-22
Séoul (KOREA), 2009-05-15Turin (ITALY), 2010-03-05Gdansk (POLAND), 2010-02-26
Marseille (FRANCE), 2010-03-26Gdansk (POLAND), 2011-02-25
St-Petersbourg (RUSSIA), 2010-05-21La Havane (CUBA), 2016-03-11
Gdansk (POLAND), 2012-02-24
Séoul (KOREA), 2012-05-19
Olympic Games-1-1
Pekin (CHINA), 2008-08-11
Fukui (JAPAN), 2004-03-20

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport? She began fencing in 1994.

Why this sport? One of her teachers suggested she try the sport.

Club / Team Seongnam City Hall: Korea

Name of coach Lee Jung-Woon [club, national], KOR

Handedness Left

Footedness Left

General Interest

Nicknames Peanut Fencer [because of her height]. (Facebook profile, 30 May 2019)

Most influential person in career Her daughter and her husband. (tvchosun.com, 24 Nov 2014)

Hero / Idol Italian fencer Valentina Vezzali. (sports.news.naver.com, 31 Jan 2017)

Injuries She was hospitalised with hepatitis after the 2008 Olympic Games. (globalpost.com, 27 Jul 2012)

She has required surgery on her left knee during her career. (news.kmib.co.kr, 25 Apr 2018)

Awards and honours She was chosen to recite the Athlete's Oath at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Republic of Korea. (Asiad Daily, 17 Sep 2014)

She received a Popularity Award at the 2014 MBN Women's Sports Grand Prize Ceremony in the Republic of Korea. (newswire.co.kr, 30 Dec 2014)

She was named Sport Star of the Year at the 2012 Kyungki Do Sport Awards in the Republic of Korea. (kyeongin.com, 21 Dec 2012)

She received the Best Player of the Year Award at the Seoul City Sport Awards in 2006 and 2008. (sbs.co.kr, 22 Dec 2008, 26 Dec 2006)

Milestones She became the first female fencer representing the Republic of Korea to win a medal at the Olympic Games when she claimed silver in individual foil at the 2008 Games in Beijing. (SportsDeskOnline, 19 Jun 2018; adidas.com, 27 Jul 2012)

Famous relatives Her husband Gong Hyo-Suk has represented Republic of Korea in road cycling, and competed for Korean team Uijeongbu City during the 2018 season. (procyclingstats.com, 2018; news.chosun.com, 21 Jun 2017)

Ambitions To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (koreadaily.com, 15 Mar 2019)

Other information RETURN
She retired from fencing after the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia but announced her return to the sport in December 2018. "I have a new goal. I want to become an Olympian candidate for IOC Athletes' Commission in 2024, so I'll work hard to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo." (koreadaily.com, 15 Mar 2019)

She is 154cm tall and is known as 'Peanut Fencer' because of her height. She also finds it difficult to find sporting shoes that are the correct size. "I've never worn fencing shoes that are a perfect fit in my life. Therefore I always put insoles into the shoes, and tie the laces so tight they cut off the blood in my feet before a match. I always thought that I would compete better if I found shoes that were the right size." (sisapress.com, 11 Sep 2018; news.kmib.co.kr, 25 Aug 2018)

She founded 'Team Nam Hyunhee' in 2018. The organisation aims to encourage young people to get involved in fencing. (Instagram team profile, 23 May 2019)


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