Ever since I read the Hunger Games, I’ve become mildly obsessed with archery. I even bought a Groupon to take classes (I still haven’t used it yet!). So this week’s Olympian to watch is a straight shooting lady who everyone is trying to beat. Yun Ok-Hee (Yun is her surname) hails from South Korea where she began her career in archery at the young age of 11. In an interview she said it was watching the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta that really inspired her. She won two medals (gold and bronze) in Beijing and according to all of the archery world, she has a strong chance of sweeping this year’s games.
In her spare time Yun enjoys reading and listening to music, but also is an advocate for promoting the historical legacy of Korean archery and has helped several Korean filmmakers accurately portray the sport. She gives a great deal of credit to her heritage for her success. In an interview with New Korean Cinema, she said, “Our sensitive fingertips handed down from our ancestors and our spiritual strength and willingness to fight to the very end are our secrets.” This in combination with her training (which includes bungee jumping and platform diving) have definitely made her an Olympian to watch in 2012.
Olympic Sport: Archery
Hometown: Seongnam, South Korea
Birthdate: March 1, 1985 (age 27)
Height: 5’3″ (this gives me hope that I can still become a master archer; she’s only 4 inches taller than me)
Weight: 139 lbs
It was tough to find a lot of detail about Yun Ok-Hee, but check these out if you would like to learn more.
Yesterday Hubby and I flew to Oklahoma City (house hunting weekend) via United Airlines. All I had with me was my Kindle so while all electronics had to be stored away, I started reading through their magazine, Hemisphere. It had a nice spread about the olympics and highlighted several Americans to watch. Reading about the athletes of my own country, it made me realize that I am completely uneducated about the Olympians from anywhere else. So I started researching other Olympians to watch and plan to highlight a new one every Friday from now until the end of the Olympics.
This week’s Olympian to watch is David Rudisha
Olympic Sport: 800 Meter
Hometown: Kilgoris, Kenya
Birthdate: December 17, 1988 (age 23)
Height: 6’3″ (that is 14 inches taller than me)
Weight: 157 lbs.
His story: In the past three years, Rudisha has only lost 1 race. Yep, just 1. Pretty incredible, right? He grew up as a member of the Maasai tribe in the Trans Mara region, a tribe known for a tradition of fearsome warriors and cattle-herders. In fact, when David went home in 2010 to celebrate setting the world record, there were 5,000 people and 1.000 cattle in attendance. The Olympics are in Rudisha’s blood – his father won a silver medal at the 1968 games and David states that his dad’s achievements have encouraged his own success. Overall, David is loved by his country. Known by the nickname of King David, he makes his people proud and is definitely one to watch during the London Games.
Want to read more? Check out these articles about David.