South Korean volleyball twins Lee Jaeyeong and Lee Dayeong are following their Olympian mother’s footsteps. They are part of the national volleyball team that will be competing at the Tokyo Olympics.
More than three decades ago, Kim Gyeong-hui was part of the squad that represented South Korea in the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Earlier this week, her two daughters’ team swept the Tokyo Volleyball Qualifier in Thailand.
Before the qualification tournament, many people who bet on volleyball paid a lot of attention to the Lee twins. Thus, they felt pressured to perform better for the team. According to them, their mother said that they should know how to deal with pressure. They should use it to perform better in competitions.
South Korean Volleyball Twins in the Olympics
The Lee twins got their athletic genes from their parents, Lee Ju-hyung and Gyeong-hui. However, the latter is their biggest inspiration. It was their mother who suggested to them to try volleyball. They were taller than their peers in school.
Also, they got their parents’ physical abilities. According to sports wagering reports, they got their strength and athleticism from their father, who used to be a track and field athlete. The twins said they were lucky to have former athletes as parents.
Dayeong said that their mother recognized their potential when they were young. She also paved the way for them to play volleyball. According to betting odds reports, their mother gave them much advice to become strong players today.
Their mother watched all their matches. Even when they play overseas, she would be cheering for them. The Tokyo Summer Games will be their first Olympic experience. They are playing with superstar Kim Yeon-koung. Also, Stefano Lavarini is the coach for the women’s national team.
Kim is their teammate at Heungkuk Life Pink Spiders. She showed her commitment to the national team by staying in Korea in 2020.