Archery : U.S. coach Lee plots Korea's downfall

Thu Aug 4, 2016 6:41pm EDT
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By Ian Ransom

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - South Korea is not thrilled that its top archery brains are guiding other Olympic nations but the sport's superpower is especially uncomfortable about master coach Lee Ki-sik's American success.

The man who piloted South Korea at four Olympics from 1984-1996 has turned the United States into a formidable rival to the east Asian nation since joining the country's archery program in 2006.

Under Lee, the U.S. captured the men's team silver at the London Games to end a 12-year medal drought, having inflicted a seismic semi-final defeat on the Koreans to snap their run of three Olympic titles.

Little wonder a potential re-match between top seeds South Korea and the second-ranked U.S. will be imbued with tension at the Sambodrome in Rio on Saturday.

"I’m an American now, I’m a citizen," 59-year-old Lee told Reuters in an interview after training at the tournament venue on Thursday.

"(South Korea) don’t like this situation but you know, that’s how it is.

"There are a lot of great (South Korean) coaches outside of our country and I’m just one of them, but I don’t think my position makes them happy or comfortable, especially me working on the American team.

"Because, we’ve shown with our performance that the team is just getting better and better, year by year."   Continued...

2016 Rio Olympics - Archery training - Sambodromo - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 03/08/2016. Team USA archery coach KiSik Lee during training. REUTERS/Yves Herman