Whether you actually like sports or ironically hate them but love sporty shows, this list is for you! Having a series be mostly about a sport is still pretty rare in the K-Drama world, but the few we do have are amazing. These K-Dramas will have more excitement without the tragedy, just good fun!
Here are 7 sporty K-Dramas that will have you on the edge of your seat.
1. Run On
Ki Seon Gyeom (Im Shi Wan) is a sprinter on the national team who was forced to quit due to legal issues. Oh Mi Joo (Shin Se Kyung) translates subtitles for movies. Ki Sun Gyeom had just quit sprinting when he met Oh Mi Joo, who felt that they met by fate. Seo Dan Ah (Choi Soo Young) is the CEO of a sports agency and successor to the Seomyung Group. However, she is held back from taking over the company because of her gender. Lee Young Hwa (Kang Tae Oh), a university art major who enjoys movies and drawing, soon enters her life.
2. Hot Stove League
The Dreams are a professional baseball team that has placed last in the league for the past four seasons. When their manager steps down, the team hires Baek Seung Soo (Nam Goong Min), who has managed several winning sports teams but never a baseball team. With shrinking budgets, fighting between the coaching staff, and a team deeply set in their ways, He uses his outsider’s insight and the help of operations manager Se Young (Park Eun Bin) to lead the Dreams to victory.
3. Thumping Spike
A rising volleyball player named Kang Se Ra (Hwang Seun Eon) has an accident, resulting in a slump she can’t quite shake off. She ends up coaching a struggling men’s high school volleyball team where Hwang Jae Woong (Song Jae Rim) is the star player. Despite his skills, the rest of the team is nowhere near his level, and they have lost many games. Can the two bring the team to glory? Will love be in the air?
4. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
Inspired by real-life South Korean Olympic weightlifter gold-medalist Jang Mi Ran, Bok Joo (Lee Sung Kyung) is a weightlifter pursuing her dream of winning a gold medal but is interrupted by romance for the first time in her life. Focusing solely on weightlifting would jeopardize her relationship but leaving her weightlifting career for love would keep her from her dreams.
5. Just Dance
Based on a documentary, this series tells the story of students in Geoje Girl’s Vocational High School who dream different dreams while preparing to get a job in a shipyard. Although their grades are low, their efforts in being dancers are unmatched.
6. Wild Romance
Yoo Eun Jae (Lee Shi Young) runs into Park Moo Yul (Lee Dong Wook), the 2nd baseman of the Red Dreamers, when she is drunk. Eun Jae is a fan of the Blue Seagulls and starts a fight with Moo Yul. The next day, a video goes viral titled Humiliated Park Moo Yul, and now both of their reputations are in danger. They decide to lie and say that Eun Jae is Moo Yul’s private bodyguard, and the video was a self-defense demonstration. Now, as his actual bodyguard, the two struggle to work together.
Kang Ho Young (Kang Tae Oh) is a short-track speed skater. He learned how to skate in the countryside but was scouted by the famous Kangbaek University. There, he meets Park Eun Ho (Yeo Hoe Hyun), referred to as “The King of Short-Track Speed Skating.” However, Park Eun Ho has been in a slump lately, and when he and Ho Young compete together, they become friends.