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Most Brits at the moment are probably getting a bit fed up of all the Olympic hype and dreading the overcrowding, the commuter hell and basically forgetting what the Olympics is really about. But don't lose interest just yet. The Olympics is a moment where all the world's eyes will be on our great country and it will see great athletes from all around the world gather together. Ever since the unexpected success of South Korea in the 2002 World cup and with Yuna Kim becoming an international house hold name as one of the top skaters in the world, South Korea has slowly yet gradually showed the world that their athletes are not to be underestimated. No doubt the London 2012 Olympics will be one of the most exciting events of the year. Let's take a look at some of the South Korean team members and find out a bit more about the South Korean Olympic team!
One of the things we'll all be hearing a lot during the Olympics are the national anthems of all the world's great countries. Although we all know our own anthem, just about, can you guys recognise the South Korean national anthem? Never fear, just watch the video below, and you too can sing along when South Korea win some medals!
South Korea has some great talents and we're really looking forward to their performances. They've scooped up many medals in the past, so have no doubt they'll do well this summer too. To date, South Korea's medals have mainly come from the areas of combat sports and archery.
The South Korean Olympic team is huge, so we can't profile all the people. Instead we'll take a look at a few of the most well known athletes and some really unique people.
Im Dong Hyun:
Kim Jae Bum:
Hwang Kyung Sun:
Jang Mi Ran:
Park Tae Hwan:
Marine Boy', is the reigning 400m freestyle Olympic gold champion. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics he won this medal in addition to a silver medal in 200m freestyle. Having won the gold at the 2011 World Championships in the 400m freestyle, it seems he's in top form for the London Olympics.
Park Tae Hwan is also a model for Samsung's Series 9 Laptop along with actor Kim Soo Hyun. Because of this, Kim Soo Hyun will also be coming over to London for the Olympics to support Park Tae Hwan during his races.
The Taeguk Warriors:
The Taeguk Warriors are the South Korean national football team, and will be playing in this year's Olympics. Although the South Korean football team isn't as well known in terms of talent as other countries, they did reach the quarter finals in the 2004 Athens Olympics and have had wins over more experienced footballing nations before, so a lot of people are looking forward to seeing how far they will reach this year. One shocker that has happened for this team is that Man U's Park Ji Sung, South Korea's most well known footballer, declined to be part of the team in order to concentrate on club activities.
However, do they need Park Ji Sung or have they got a secret weapon for this Olympics? Singer IU, South Korea's 'little sister', who is also a representative for Samsung like Kim Soo Hyun, will be the official supporter for this squad. Will her support make sure the Taeguk Warriors have a 'good day'?!
The South Korean Olympic team look really strong, and we look forward to seeing them compete, and hopefully win in the upcoming games. But of course let's not forget our very own UK team, GOOD LUCK! And to all the other nations coming to the Olympics, we hope everyone will do well and have a great time in our great capital!
Written by WKB on July 12, 2012 in Worldwide Korea Bloggers