There are definitely more popular sports than archery in the Olympics. Sports like swimming, diving and gymnastics. If you disagree, just notice what games get primetime slots on the television and notice which ones only air in the middle of the day. Volleyball is exciting and entertaining and the athletes of such sports get those sob stories of their life struggles aired and narrated by Bob Costas (the main reason why the Olympics are always such an emotional time for me).
Archery is not one of the famed sports of the Olympics. In fact, I don’t know that I have ever seen the archery competition during the Olympics, and I certainly don’t know the sad struggles and adversity faced by the medaled archers. But I do have a prediction for the future of archery… With the release of the Hunger Games and its world-wide popularity, I am sure that any female archer will be compared to Katniss, the heroine of the movie and books. And maybe, just maybe, people will pay a little closer attention to the sport.
Now, I doubt any of the athletes will be pulling an attention grabbing arrow-through-an-apple-sitting-in-a-pig’s-mouth kind of move during competition. Because there is really no need to impress the judges in archery. Unlike some of the other Olympic sports, where the judging is subjective, in archery the judges just make decisions of where the arrow is on the target. In the case of a tie breaker, they get out their measuring devices to determine whose hit is closest to the center.
One of the nicer things about archery (at least for me) is that it is a very straight forward sport. The target sits 70 meters in distance away from the shooter, and depending where the arrow lands, they receive the respective points. Getting your arrow into the inner ring will gain you the most points (obviously), which is ten. This isn’t easy to do when the center of the target looks the size of a thumb tack from where you’re standing and you have an average time limit of 40 seconds for each arrow you shoot. The competition follows in elimination rounds in both individual and team contests (a team consists of 3 archers).
“World Archery is dedicated to making the sport as passionate and spectacular as possible.” So in honor of the oft overlooked sport, check out these images (and more we have back at Newscom) of archery.
One thing I’ve observed about all Olympic sports: It never matters what your face looks like.
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