The Archery Competition of the Summer Games of 2012 will be long remembered for a beautiful and unique venue, first-ever accomplishments, a simply wonderful volunteer corps and a city that accommodated the Games like few others before.
The venue, Lord’s Cricket Ground, in the heart of London, is revered worldwide as “The Home of Cricket”. But for the last week of July and first week of August 2012, the “Home of Cricket” became the “Home of Archery” for tens of thousands of spectators and millions of television viewers around the planet.
In what many experts proclaim to be the “best yet Olympic archery competition”, London 2012 saw history made, records broken, new champions crowned and old dynasties restored to glory.
Team Hoyt is proud to have contributed to the historic events that defined London 2012, with the stunning achievement of OH, Jin-hyek in winning the Men’s Individual Gold with his Hoyt Formula HPX/F7.
This accomplishment needs to be considered in light of context- while Korea has long been known to be the strongest nation in the sport, no individual Korean man has ever won the Games before. By way of analogy, it was as if the USA Basketball Team had never won a gold at the Games.
But when OH picked up a Hoyt in the 2009 season, great things immediately followed- he swiftly set a new World Record for the FITA round, won Korean Nationals, and World Cup medals. And, when he picked up the Hoyt Formula System in late 2010, things only got better and better, making his long journey to the top of the podium in London even more satisfying. It was an electric moment as OH received his Gold Medal- and immediately after, as he came off the field of play, OH shouted to Team Hoyt representatives, “Great Bow!”
Later, OH told reporters, “When I was younger, I imagined being a Gold Medalist at the Olympics…It was a long way to come to this moment”.
Team Hoyt bows also figured in many other major accomplishments and victories, with KI, Bo Bae of Korea reclaiming her nation’s Olympic Gold Medal crown (after a first-ever loss to China in 2008) with her Hoyt GMX. Mexican sensation Aida ROMAN pushed KI to the very last shot and forced a shoot-off for the gold medal with her HPX/F7- and in the end only one single centimeter difference to the target center in the windy and challenging competition venue decided the difference between gold and silver. Mexican shooter Mariana AVITIA cruised to a bronze medal win with her Hoyt GMX to round out the Hoyt sweep of the women’s field.
In the team round, the All-Formula HPX wielding USA team of Brady ELLISON, Jacob WUKIE and Jake KAMINSKI staged a coup of their own, knocking off Korea in the semifinals to make it to the Gold Medal round. But, led by Olympic Champion and Team Hoyt shooter Marco GALLIAZZO wielding the HPX/F7, the Italian team held on by one single point, to win the gold in the final over the USA’s silver medal effort.
For the women, Japan’s KANIE Mikie shot the GMX to contribute to her nation’s historic Bronze team medal, the first ever for Japan’s women, while China's XU Jing led her team to silver with GMX.
Korea’s KI Bo Bae shot her battle-tested GMX to lead Korea to an amazing seventh straight Gold Medal for the Korean Women’s team.
There is no greater cruicible in sport than the Olympic Games. With a Hoyt shooter on every single Gold Medal podium, Team Hoyt is proud to have provided the best shooters at the Games with the winning edge needed to overcome the incredible pressure of the most demanding test in sport.