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Im Dong-Hyun, South Korea

World Class 2012 in partnership with the British Council bring you the stories of the schools where the dreams begin.

Im Dong-Hyun

The 2007 Archery World Champion and member of the South Korean team that picked up two gold medals at the Beijing Olympics. Im Dong-Hyun is hoping he can win an individual medal at London 2012.

Im Dong Hyun's schools

I owe it to my primary school for allowing me to get myself familiarized to the sport
Im Dong-Hyun

Starting his education at Gyodong Elementary in Cheong-ju city, Im Dong-Hyun went on to study at Wonbong Middle School then Chungbuk Physical High School.

Im Dong-Hyun says all his schools helped him in becoming the athlete he is today.

"I owe it to my primary school for allowing me to get myself familiarized to the sport. Afterwards the middle school and high school I attended were also instrumental in linking me with the best coaches and talented teammates," he says.

Gyodong pupils in an Archery lesson
Gyodong pupils practicing Archery
It was clear to archery teachers that he had potential to represent his nation. His ability matched that of a middle school student when he was attending an elementary school
Mr Yun Hyo Jeong, Principal

Gyodong Elementary School

Gyodong Elemenatry School in Cheong-ju city is located in the centre of South Korea.

Im Dong-Hyun attended the school from 1993-1998 and he is grateful for the opportunity the school gave him to begin Archery.

Pupils at Gyodong are proud of their school and its achievements, but for Mr Yun Hyo Jeong, the Principal, it is clear that it is, "the students who make the school special."

Find out how events could have turned out very differently for Im Dong-Hyun if he took the advice of his sports teacher.

World Olympic Dreams

Im Dong-Hyun is one of the athletes being tracked as London 2012 approaches and they strive to make their Olympic dreams a reality.

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