Archery, the sport, made its first appearance in the second edition of the Summer Olympics in Paris, in 1900 and has been contested in 16 Games since then. The sport, governed by the World Archery Federation, has been greatly popular, with eighty-four nations competing across various Archery events at the Olympics.
Archery was not contested in the Summer Games from 1920 to 1972, but has been part of every Olympic since. Recurve archery is the only discipline of the historic sport which features at the Olympic Games, and same will be the case for Rio 2016.
In terms of medals, the Korean women archers have dominated the sport, winning 14 out of 15 gold medals in the women's events since 1984, while the Korean men archers have dominated the team events, winning four out of seven gold medals. The United States are only second to Korea, but far away from surpassing their lead, with 8 gold medals to their name.
With the Summer Games just a few days away, we have compiled a list of the 5 all-time greatest Archer’s at the Olympics.
#1 Kim Soo-Nyung (South Korea)
17 Korean women have won gold medals in Archery, at the Olympics, but one name which stands out is Kim Soo-Nyung. With four gold medals, a silver and a bronze, Nyung is the supreme Olympic archer of the modern era.
The star of the Korean team, who took up archery as an after-school event at the age of nine, made it to the national team at 16, when she set a world record at 30 metres and won individual gold at the international ‘COQ France’ event, a forerunner of the Archery World Cup.
According to the Archer, “A strong bow arm is the most important element of technique, as it is the part that can cause the most errors. Fast shooting gave me my best performances, but I think each archer must find the timing that works for them.”
Nyung has also stated that consistency is the key to success for archers, “Consistent performance is the most important thing for archers. Most Olympic gold medalists perform consistently regardless of how they are feeling, and developing that consistency is a skill.”