is the individual final of the 2004 Athens Olympics women’s
Yoon Mi-jin (21-year-old, Kyounghee University), facing the
Italian champion Natalia Baliba, only has one shot remaining.
She wins a gold medal if she shoots a 10. The 45,000 spectators
bate their breath in Panatinaiko Stadium, where the first modern
Olympics was held.
Yoon releases the arrow after a long sigh. The arrow flies
through wind and passes through the center of target. It is a
10-point shot. A light smile covers her naïve face as she
achieves two gold medals in the Olympics and two consecutive
gold medals for first time in Korean sports history.
“Good job.” Yoon takes off her HMD (Head Mount Display, a
special pair of glasses in which you can see an image through an
examining sensor) at the remark of coach of women’s team, Seo
O-seok. Both the stadium and the crowd disappear at that time.
It is so called VR (Virtual Reality) training.
Such training will start from the end of May in earnest. “VR
training” is a hidden card that the world class Korean national
archery team has secretly prepared to sweep all individual and
team games in the Athens Olympics this August.
Just as pilots train with imaginary simulations, the scene of
a real stadium and spectators are presented when a program is
For a while, national players have done image training in
which they see their own photos in a computer-generated
Panatinaiko stadium. Image training in which players see a flat
image is kind of two-dimensional, however. VR is
Also, a player management program in which all data on
players are stored has been developed and has almost been
The program, which was developed last December and is
currently being tested, has a database of all the points of
impact that players hit in practice rounds, and also records how
they have performed according to various conditions such as
biorhythm, physical state and mental state.
Devoting his time to developing the program with a venture
firm, Jang Young-sool, the coach of the men’s team said, “I had
an idea of making the system five years ago. It may affect the
management for players of other sports.” In fact, other coaches
from Taerung Sports Village have been interested in it ever
since the development of new program became known through rumor.
The Korea Archery Association will finish development of the
two projects by the end of May, where the final tryouts will be
completed, and present them to the press at a meeting.
Lee Joong-woo, the new president of the Korea Archery
Association, who has eagerly driven the projects after he was
appointed in this February, remarked, “Korean archery is the
best in the world, but our records are not improving any more.
We need a special program to get better records. I will focus on
adding information technology to archery for my term.”