With the 2012 London Olympics drawing near, us here at Audrey want to share with you a few of the athletes you all should keep an eye on!
South Korea will be sending many strong athletes to the games this year, including fencer Nam Hyun-hee and swimmer Park Tae-hwan.
Ranked one of the top three fencers in the world since the 2005-2006 season, 30-year old Nam Hyun Hee has consistently been at the top of the foil fencing world. Despite a brief controversy surrounding supposed cosmetic surgery, her professional life and success outshines such rivate matters. A sport typically dominated by Italians, Nam Hyun-hee is the only non-Italian ranked in the top four fencers today. Losing out on the gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics by just one point, London will be her opportunity to stand atop the medal stand.
PARK TAE-HWAN (M)
As the first South Korean to take home an Olympic medal for his country in swimming, Park Tae-hwan has great expectations coming into the London games. Despite an embarrassing Olympic debut (due to a false start), in 2008, he won the gold medal in the 400m freestyle and the silver in the 200m freestyle. Nicknamed “Marine Boy,” he is one of the few swimmers that has beaten Michael Phelps, which occurred during the 2011 Santa Clara Grand Prix during the 100m freestyle. As the winner of four events at this year’s 2012 Santa Clara Grand Prix, Park Tae-hwan can use this momentum to propel himself to the top of the medal stand.