Noh Jin-kyu, 23, a former short track world champion from South Korea has died from cancer.
The Korea Skating Union confirmed the news Noh’s death on Monday and Noh’s sister, who is also a speed skating athlete, also posted the news on her Facebook page.
Noh, who won the title in the International Skating Union’s World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in 2011, holds the world records in the 1,500 and 3,000 meters categories.
It was in 2013 when a tumor was found in is left shoulder and he delayed surgery so he can participate in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
US speed skater J.R. Celski, a three-time Olympic medalist and current 500m world record holder, posted on Twitter to show his support for the fallen athlete. Other pro skaters also sent their condolences to social media.
So sad to hear about Noh Jin-Kyu. Short Track lost one of the greats today. He will be missed. Condolences to his family and friends. #RIP
— J.R. Celski (@jrcelski) April 3, 2016
My heart goes out to the family and friends of Noh Jin-Kyu, who have lost a great talent and human soul… #RIP
— Haralds Silovs (@SilovsH) April 4, 2016
Very sad to hear of the passing of Noh Jin-Kyu. Sad day for the short track community. Condolences to his family. https://t.co/0cAC9By58O
— Michael Gilday (@ykgday) April 4, 2016
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