It’s a crybaby. Besides, “the nation’s crybaby.” I’ve been crying coldly lately. Last December 31st, just before the year changed. Pepper Savings Bank defeated Korea Expressway Corporation at the Gimcheon Gymnasium in North Gyeongsang Province. Pepper Savings Bank captain Lee Han-bi (27) shed tears on the court. He said, “He tried to hold back his tears, but when he went to high-five after the game, he couldn’t stand it when he saw the faces of the teachers and players.”
I was about to cry. Pepper Savings Bank was on a 17-game losing streak this season. A valuable victory won after the 18th challenge. Besides, to be able to welcome the new year with Seungri. But actually, it wasn’t just that day that I was a crybaby. Lee Han-bi said, “I tend to cry a lot,” and “I just cry a lot. I don’t even know why. I cry when I’m happy or when I’m sad.” he was sorry “I thought I endured well this year… .”
However, Hanbi Lee inside the coat is quite different. Looking at the photo data website operated by the Korea Volleyball Federation, Lee Han-bi is mainly making two expressions. Either smile brightly or roar hotly. Inside the coat, Hanbi Lee looks so bright and strong. Either way, it’s something I can’t admit. When I ask Lee Han-bi, who feels awkward when I hold the camera, ‘Isn’t smiling a trademark?’, he asks, “Is it me?”
Team members call him “Hal Boom.” It means his grandfather. Born in 1996. He’s an unsuitable nickname for a 27-year-old. He said that the team members said, ‘Hanbi unnie will protect us, and she will embrace us’. When Lee Han-bi takes care of Ha Hye-jin, who is the same age as her, the team members call them an old couple. Pepper Savings Bank’s average age of players (23.9 years old) is less than 24 years old, even though the year has changed. Are 27-year-olds treated as ‘seniors’ here?
In fact, age isn’t everything. ‘Real Grandpa’ Kim Hyung-sil (71), former manager of Pepper Savings Bank, called Lee Han-bi “Cheol-bi.” Former director Kim brought Lee Han-bi from Heungkuk Life Insurance at the time of its foundation, and is the main character who entrusted the captaincy. Former director Kim always mentioned Lee Han-bi when talking about Pepper Savings Bank. He was praised for being “strong in stamina and running hard.” Even when he saw him after eating volleyball for decades, Lee Han-bi was the main support for the team.
Where does that energy come from? Lee Han-bi said that he was “not very physically strong.” His driving force was different. That’s volleyball love. Lee Han-bi said, “I thought it was ‘too hard’ until I started exercising, but once I started, it was fun.” He says he often feels that “volleyball is really good” lately. “If the trainers tell me to take a break, but I secretly go and exercise, they say, ‘Hey, if you’re going to do it anyway, don’t say it hurts,’” he said. He laughed, saying, “It’s so good that I forget the pain when I exercise.”
During Heungkuk Life Insurance, Lee Han-bi was not a starting player. There were a lot of outstanding seniors in the outside heater position. He was at the stage of learning rather than taking responsibility. But he came to Pepper Savings Bank and a lot has changed. Lee Han-bi said, “When I first came to the team, there were only five people, so I had to do everything. He looked back and said, “It was hard. “Still, the fact that he touched the ball a lot and stood on the court itself was good,” he said. The explanation continued, “I am happy to be able to play volleyball a lot.” 먹튀검증
In fact, as the game experience increased, Lee Han-bi grew terrifyingly. In particular, receiving, which was a weakness, has risen to 40.44% efficiency this season. It rose by more than 10 percentage points from last season (29.35%). The attack success rate (34.44%) improved from last season (30.13%). Lee Han-bi said that if he could go back and choose a team, he said, “I’ll think about it, but I think I’ll choose Pepper.”
Faith in his team and colleagues also raised Lee Han-bi. Lee Han-bi said, “I used to think about the attack before I even received the ball, so I ended up taking it roughly.” He learned naturally while practicing with his body.” Lee Han-bi also said, “I’m happy if I get it well and other players score. Of course, other players accepted it well, so I feel good when I solve it.”
Although there were difficulties with consecutive losses, Lee Han-bi trusted his teammates. As a result, Pepper Savings Bank added victory by defeating GS Caltex in the home room on the 23rd. Season 2 win. Lee Han-bi said, “There are many young players, so it is lacking right now, but the possibility of improvement is that much higher.”
Above all, he has fans. Lee Han-bi, who smiled broadly at the fan’s story, said, “The fans told us that they like how we work hard and work hard. I know that expectation. I think I should always work hard.” Lee Han-bi also said, “Thank you always. I want to repay you.”
Can Lee Han-bi of ‘Cheol-bi’ return to love with more victories? It remains to be seen. However, as she came out of the interview, she remembered one of her proverbs. “Steel gets harder the more you strike it.”