The Beijing Winter Olympic Games garnered the attention of not just sports fans but K-idols as well. From BTS’s RM to Aespa’s Ningning, several idols showed support for their favourite athletes as they competed for the podium. But aside from just being supporters, here are five K-idols with professional athletic backgrounds and exceptional sports talent that could have even landed them a spot at the Olympics, too. 1. Got7’s Jackson Wang – fencing While Jackson Wang is loved as a K-pop idol, he was also a talented fencer before his music career. Coming from a family of gold medal athletes, Jackson trained in fencing with his father during his teenage years. At the age of 16, he became a Youth Olympic-level sabre fencer with Hong Kong’s official junior team. And that was just the start of his fencing journey. Jackson went on to win first place at numerous competitions including the Asian Junior and Cadet Fencing Championships. He represented China at the First Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2014 and ranked 11th in the world junior sabre at the time. Inside Crash Landing on You co-stars Son Ye-jin and Hyun Bin’s wedding joy View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jackson Wang 王嘉爾 왕잭슨 (@jacksonwang852g7) Due to his fame as a K-idol and his history as a fencer, he was featured in the 2021 promotional video for the Tokyo Olympics. 2. Enhypen’s Sunghoon – figure skating Belonging to a popular fourth generation group, Enhypen’s Sunghoon was once a graceful international figure skater. With a decade of ice skating experience, Sunghoon performed in top-tier competitions all over the world. Sunghoon snagged a silver medal at the 2013 South Korean Figure Skating Championships. From there, he continued to glide his way up in the figure skating world by winning gold medals at the 2015 Asian Open Trophy and the 2015 Lombardia Trophy in Italy. Coached by world-famous and champion skaters like Chi Hyun-jung, Sunghoon was well on his way to Olympic stardom until he was scouted by Hybe, as mentioned in NME. Sunghoon only joined as a trainee because he thought dance would help his figure skating – but then he fell in love with the K-pop industry. He took off his skates in 2020 to join Enhypen. 3. Winner’s Seungyoon – billiards Fans went crazy with excitement when a video of Winner’s Seungyoon playing pool went viral. They were quick to tweet about how cool he looked while going around the table holding the cue – and there was a pretty good reason why he looked so calm and collected while playing the game. Seungyoon was a professional-level billiards player, according to AllKpop. He said that before he decided to become an idol, he learned how to play billiards during his third year of middle school. He trained with the Professional Billiard Association and went on to win the Korean National Sports Festival in Busan. This led him to become Busan’s billiards representative. 6 K-pop idols who are ‘human luxury brands’, from V to Jennie But, according to Soompi, Seungyoon changed his mind about a pro billiards career and decided to pursue a career as a K-idol, eventually becoming the leader of Winner. 4. Vixx’s Leo – football There is no doubt that Vixx’s Leo can sing beautifully, but there is also one other thing he is exceptionally good at – football. While there are a couple of male idols who love to play football, Leo had taken his love for the sport up a notch by showing his skills and becoming a part of the South Korean junior teams for three years from 2004 to 2007, according to Kpop Starz. Because of Leo’s association with football, he was also chosen to sing the official cheer song for South Korea’s national team during the 2018 Fifa World Cup. 5. Wei’s Kim Yohan – taekwondo He may look handsome and unassuming, but Kim Yohan could probably take anyone in a serious street fight since he is a professionally trained taekwondo fighter. According to Soompi, Yohan trained in taekwondo for 13 years and he became a powerful competitor who won twice at the Korean National Sports Festival. According to Koreaboo, Yohan studied in a prestigious high school that specialised in taekwondo training and went to university with a scholarship for the sport. He was also selected as a member of the national taekwondo team. 6 beauty secrets to Son Ye-jin’s age-defying looks at 40 But Yohan’s martial arts journey was cut short when he sustained an leg injury during training. He hung up his dobok to pursue his dream of becoming an idol instead. In fact, if Yohan hadn’t sustained an injury and quit the game, he had quite the possibility of representing South Korea in the Olympics. Want more stories like this? Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .