The Archery Competition of the Summer Games of 2012 will be long remembered for a beautiful and unique venue with history-making accomplishments. In what the experts proclaim to be the “best yet Olympic archery competition”, London 2012 saw records broken, new champions crowned, and old dynasties restored to glory.
In particular, the 2012 Games will be known for the stunning achievement of OH, Jin-Hyuk in winning the Men’s Individual Gold for Korea. This accomplishment is historic in light of its context—while Korea has long been known to be the strongest nation in Olympic archery, no Korean man has ever won an Individual Gold Medal Title at the Games. Oh’s long trip to the podium in London consisted of 300 arrows per day, six days a week, 50 weeks of practice per year, culminating in his incredible victory in the gusty winds that dominated the competition in London. “When I was younger, I imagined being a Gold Medalist at the Olympics, but it was a long way to come to this moment”. Oh said, “I shot every arrow as if it were my last… I felt like I was flying out there.”
Japan’s Takaharu FURUKAWA took silver, while China’s DAI Xiaoxiang took the men’s bronze.
USA products contributed to the historic events that defined London 2012, with every single Olympic archery title won with USA-made Easton X10 arrow shafts. X10’s figured into every individual and team victory. This makes five Olympic Games in a row where every title has been won by a “Gen” X10 athlete.
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