London Olympics 2012: Archery Favorite Legally Blind

Compiled by Jim Donahue

South Korea’s Im Dong-Hyun is legally blind, but he already has two Olympic golds under his belt, and he’s been tapped as a favorite to win another in London

The 26-year-old has 20/200 vision in his right eye, meaning he needs to be 10 times closer to something to see it as clearly as someone with perfect vision. His left eye isn’t much better at 20/100.

But don’t go calling Im blind…

“I don’t have a stick, I don’t have a blind dog,” Im said after a recent practice session. “It’s unpleasant when people say I’m disabled. All this interest in my sight is not welcome.” Im explains that his eyesight makes the colors of the target blend together, but that wearing glasses makes him feel less confident. Instead, he prefers to rely on his senses and ability to spot bright colors when firing his arrows.

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