Love stories in K-Dramas take many forms, from boss-employee relationships like business proposal to star-crossed love in fantasy. But fans are also getting hooked on a romantic K-drama that focuses on the suspense-packed world of esports and being the best. A few classic sports romance K-dramas and more than a few new ones in 2022 have been praised.
The Sports Romance K-Drama of 2022, love all play did not receive high cable ratings but became a fan favorite. Its action takes place in the cutthroat world of badminton. Park Tae-yang (Park Ju-hyun) had it all when it came to her sports career and was well on her way to becoming a promising athlete. But due to an accident, she has to leave everything behind. Years later, she returns to the sport.
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love all play also focuses on Park Tae-joon (Chae Jong-hyeop). He is also a badminton athlete, but only because of his parents’ equipment company. Because of the way he got into the sport, he sees it more as a job than a passion. He soon joins a new team and meets Tae-yang. His growing feelings for her spark a love for the sport.
love all play can be streamed on Apple TV+.
In terms of classic fan-favorite K-Dramas, Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo is almost always on the list. The 2016 drama is a coming-of-age story revolving around two characters in college. But fans will be happy to know that real-life Olympic champion Jang Mi-ra inspired the storyline.
Kim Bok-joo (Lee Sung-kyung) is feisty, funny and confident as she pursues her dream of going to the Olympics as a professional weightlifter while also attending physical education college. But she spends her whole life in sports and is unsure how to handle her heart when she develops a crush on Jung Joon-hyung’s (Nam hoo-Hyuk) older brother.
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A gifted swimmer, Joon-hyung decides to help Bok-joo gain the qualities he needs to attract his older brother. But along the way, he recognizes his own feelings.
Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo is available on Viki.
That’s no surprise Twenty-five twenty-one lands a spot on the list. While fans are calling it a coming-of-age love story, it’s also an athletic love-K drama. It’s down to two central characters, their careers and how they affect the story. Na Hee-do (Kim Tae-ri) has been a fencing prodigy since 1998, and when the IWF crisis hits, she gets a chance to join a new team.
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Hee-do doesn’t join any team except that of her idol and gold medalist, Ko Yu-rim (Bona). Hee-do is given a chance to continue her passion, which her mother doesn’t like. Meanwhile, she meets Baek Yi-jin (Nam Joo-hyuk), whose family goes bankrupt during the crisis. He ventures out on his own to rebuild his life and find a career. When he meets Hee-do, they begin a friendship that will shape their younger years.
Twenty-five twenty-one is available on Netflix.
One of the newer September 2022 K-Dramas is mental trainer Jegal. The drama stars All of us are dead and Squid Game Actor Lee Yoo-mi as Cha Ga-eul. joins her crazy about you Actor Jung Woo as Gil Je-gal. The Sports K-Drama tells the story of athletes who get stuck in a rut and lose their spark.
Je-gal was once a member of the South Korean national taekwondo team. He is permanently banned due to a scandal and is reluctant to return to the sports world. But he’s rolling the dice to return as a “mental coach” to help athletes struggling. His work leads him to Ga-eul, a short track speed skater who dreams of the Winter Olympics.
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But Je-gal’s plans to help his athlete don’t come easy as people from his past get in his way. Mental coach JegaI have a love story for Ga-eul for fans to look forward to.
mental trainer Jegal is available on Viki.
The K-Drama of 2022, Cheer is billed as a romantic comedy with some mystery but can be viewed in the sports genre. Instead of fencing, weightlifting and Olympic sports, the K-drama focuses on a celebration relay. Set in 2019, Do Hae-yi (Han Ji-hyun) comes from a poor background and has just started college. She soon joins Theia Cheerleading Squad to make money.