Joyce Kim (19) is a college student majoring in merchandising at the University of Nebraska. Born in Arizona, she began shooting at age 14.
Thanks to the support of her father Kim In-hyun who was a shooting athlete in highschool and shooting coach in Korea, she won awards in all the shooting competitions held in Arizona. Kim competed for Rio Salado Sportsman's Club in high school under Coach Ernest VandeZande.
Kim was named the Arizona State Rifle and Pistol Association Smallbore Junior of the Year in 2007-08. In June of the same year, Joyce came in third place in the junior department, the first for a female Korean student in the National Championship held in Georgia.
She set a career-high in smallbore with a 577 against West Virginia on Oct. 11, 2009. By November she was a mainstay in the air rifle lineup after shooting a career-high 593 against Army on Oct. 18 and winning the individual title. Kim would go on to average 581.20 in 15 air rifle appearances on the season, good for fourth on the team. Kim competed 14 times in smallbore, earning a 565.57 average, putting her sixth on the squad. At the NCAA Championships, Kim contributed a 581 in air rifle.
She earned her first career spot on the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll following the spring semester. Nebraska rifle coach Morgan Hicks complimented Joyce Kim as an athlete who can shoot high scores in the most challenging situations thanks to her strong concentration.
We take a look at Joyce Kim’s training sessions and great challenge to be selected as a national athlete to compete in the 2010 London Olympics.