Loss of vision
Dong-hyun started to lose his vision when he was a teenager, after he was already an established archer. He is now 26 years old. The marksman says his vision makes the target blurry. “It leaves the rainbow colors of the archery target looking ‘as if different types of paint have been dropped in water. The lines are blurred.”
Learning to “feel the shot”
Dong-hyun says he has learned how to “feel the shot.” By making sure certain muscles are used while aiming and releasing the arrow, he says he depends on his body more than his vision, according to NPR.
Another impressive athlete
Kevin Frost, who is deaf and blind, is making headlines as a top ranked speed skater. Frost brought home four gold medals from the Impaired Skating Championship in Scotland.
“Winning medals is one thing, but it’s only because of the coaches and sponsors that stood up for me,” Frost told City News. The athlete lost his hearing and sight as the result of a rare genetic condition.
Frost, 44, says the toughest part is adjusting to a new rink. “When you have all of your senses, it’s easier to adjust to any kind of rink,” he said. “When you rely on the patterns you have been training with and you go to another rink with different lighting and different dimensions, you have to change your pattern very quick.”
Frost also does dozens of speaking events throughout the year to inspire others to overcome obstacles.