J.D. Kim, a South Korean archer, was born on April 12, 2004, in Korea. He won the mixed team and men’s team competitions at the 2020 Summer Olympics, earning him two gold Olympic medals. At the Summer Olympics in 2020, he was the youngest archer competing.
When Kim was nine years old in 2013, he started archery. He earned the moniker “Archery Genius” after making an appearance on SBS’s variety programme “Finding Genius” in 2016 when he was 12 years old.
He competed at the 2019 World Archery Youth Championships and garnered notice by taking home a gold medal in the team competition and a bronze medal in the individual competition.
J.D. Kim Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
He finished 14th in the first round of the national selection for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics at the end of the year, however he withdrew from the event due to shoulder impingement syndrome.
However, Kim healed from his injuries in March 2020 and was eligible to compete again in the national team competition in 2021 when the Tokyo Olympics were postponed by one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On March 27, 2021, he took part in the national team selection at the Gwangju International Archery Center and finished fifth, earning him a spot on the team.
Then, on April 23, he competed in the Tokyo Olympic national team selection match and placed third, earning a promotion to the Tokyo Olympic team. The men Olympic archers who were participating in this event held the youngest record.
At Tokyo 2020, The Youngest Archer is a Serious Medal Contender.
Kim Je Deok of Korea will be just 17 years, 3 months, and 12 days old when qualifying kicks off on Friday. He’s still a high school student, but this is his first Olympic shooting competition.
When questioned if he realised he was the youngest athlete on the shooting line, he said, “I didn’t know.” I anticipated becoming one of them.
Oh Jin Hyek, who took home the gold medal in the London Olympics in 2012 when he was only eight years old, is now a teammate of Je Deok.
There’s a certain beauty in watching them together on the practise field, even if the two are very much at opposing ends of their careers, with the towering figure of Oh set to retire at the end of this year. It seems to be symbolic.
Maybe it’s the Passing of a Figurative Torch?
“I rely heavily on them. Regarding his interactions with Kim Woojin and Jin Hyek, the young man declared, “I will follow their example. “[They] advised me to] unwind, have trust in yourself, and be confident.”
J.D. Kim, a young South Korean player, won the round with 688 points.