The world-famous artist has come full circle!
In a promotional video for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Jackson Wang told the story of the Olympics over the past century.
The GOT7 member is known for his success as a K-Pop idol, his solo hip-hop career, and his work in the fashion world.
But before all that, Jackson was a promising young fencer.
Both of Jackson’s parents were athletes, so Jackson was exposed to sports and competition from a young age.
He fell in love with fencing and by the time he was 16, Jackson was competing on an Olympic level.
He traveled the world to compete in tournaments and aimed to compete at the Olympics.
However, Jackson decided take a different route and pursue his dream of becoming a performer.
He even turned down a sports scholarship from Stanford University while preparing for the 2012 London Olympics to instead move to South Korea and chase his dream.
Some criticized his decision, and even Jackson’s parents were unsure at the time. But the artist was persistent in not having regrets.
The Olympics is this year. There was an article. ‘Why would the world’s 11th ranking fencer go to Korea to be an idol?’ I have members that are like family to me. I have iGOT7. I’m happier doing this.
Fast-forward ten years later, Jackson Wang is an international mogul who just participated in a promotional video for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
I am Jackson Wang. Let us become stronger together in the name of the Olympics.
Fans are emotional over Jackson’s journey, and expressed their pride in the artist for his newest achievement.
He threw away his chance to stand under the Olympics symbol in 2011 to chase his true passion in music. Ten years later, here he is, to fulfill his childhood dream with his new identity as an artist. Jackson Wang, you are simply in a class by yourself. pic.twitter.com/4nuSt7arAJ
— lola. (@sunflowersseun) July 16, 2021
Seeing Jackson introduce Olympics makes me realize how Jack never changed, always a risk taker. He decided to completely switch his life at a young age, not knowing how it’ll turn out but still went for it because of passion. Always making history @JacksonWang852 @GOT7Official
— ʍɛʟ ⚖️♡⁷ 王 | 📚 (@_babybirdy) July 16, 2021
Marinating in this moment of Jackson Wang face to face with Wang Jiaer the Junior #Olympic fencer who risked everything to become an artist in a Kpop group, GOT7 & later become the CEO of his own company @teamwangofcl.@JacksonWang852 YOU INSPIRE DREAMS. pic.twitter.com/4xpIEadFKK
— GOT7 🐉 (@Got7PromoTeam) July 16, 2021
Watch Jackson’s promotional video for the Olympics below!