Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo (2016-2017) [Yeokdo-yojeong Gim Bok-ju] is a South Korean television series directed by Oh Hyun Jong and starring Lee Sung-kyung, Nam Joo Hyuk, Lee Jae Yoon and Kyung Soo Jin. It aired on MBC from November 16, 2016 to January 11, 2017. It is a coming-of-age sports drama, inspired by the life of Olympic gold-medalist Jang Mi-ran.
Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo is a coming-of-age story about a group of college athletes who are fighting for their dreams, experiencing and finding love in the process, and growing every step of the way.
In Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo, 20 year old Kim Bok Joo (Lee Sung Kyung) is a weightlifter who is pursuing her dream of winning the Olympic gold medal when she falls in love for the first time. While she trains with heavy steel weights, she is still very feminine. She knows that focusing solely on weightlifting will jeopardize her new relationship, but giving up her weightlifting career for love would keep her from attaining her Olympic dreams. Can she find a way to have both love and glory?
Characters in this drama include elite athletes in weightlifting, swimming and rhythmic gymnastics all working ot reach their goals as they come of age.