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Amy Manson Talks Archery Experience (Once Upon a Time)

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Author: Taylor Walston

Ever wonder what your favorite fairytale characters would be like in modern times? Well, ABC’s “Once Upon a Time”does just that. This show gives you Snow White as an elementary school teacher, the Evil Queen as a power-hungry mayor, and Belle as a librarian. In the first season, these classic characters were cursed to live in a town where time stood still, with no recollection of their fairytale lives. The curse was broken (long story), and now the show takes place in real time with sprinklings of fairytale flashbacks.

The show often introduces us to new characters. In the current season (the fifth), we met Merida from the Disney movie “Brave.” Merida is an excellent archer in her Disney movie, and “Once Upon a Time” translated that skill to their show. Merida is portrayed by real-life Scotsman Amy Manson, who told D23 she wasn’t a good archer before her training.

“I was awful,” she said. “I think I used the bow upside down the first time I picked it up. I’m not sure what I did [laughs]. But once I started to learn, I thoroughly enjoyed it.”

Manson said her archery coach offered this advice:

“Since you can’t aim your live bow at a cast or crew member, change out the string for a loose one so if I accidently did pull it, the arrow would just drop to the ground.”

Merida showed off her archery skills during the first half of this season. It was a rocky start. She tried shooting the man who was going to kill her father, but missed. As a result, her father was slain. (#oops). She regained her confidence, squared off against the equally badass Emma Swan, and saved her brothers from certain death. Merida joins other “OUAT” archers such as Robin Hood and Snow White. Bandit Snow White appeared in the midseason return this past week, her bow poised and ready. Manson will reappear as Merida in the season finale.

“Once Upon a Time” airs Sundays on ABC at 8/7c.

Retro Arnold Schwarzenegger

Muscle Insider posted a retro picture of the Terminator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger, shooting a bow and arrow. The caption reads:

“For me life is contentiously about being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.”

Bowhunting athlete Cameron Hanes remastered the photo.

Arrow’s Stephen Amell Talks Vixen Crossover

“Arrow” is a show on the CW featuring the DC Comics’ superhero Green Arrow (alias Oliver Queen). Oliver survived on an uncharted island for five years after his father died in a boating accident. He learned how to survive on the island … and how to seek justice. His weapon of choice? The bow and arrow.

The show is in the midst of its fourth season. The Feb. 24 episode introduced Mari McCabe as the superhero Vixen. Her superpower is harnessing animal powers via a totem. We’ve all wished we could harness the power of an animal or two, right? (Think of a squirrel’s energy!) Vixen is recruited to help Green Arrow rescue his son William from the clutches of a villain. Variety shared fan reactions to the superhero keeping his son a secret from his fiancée:

“Some Arrow fans have been troubled by the fact that Oliver has been keeping William’s existence a secret from his fiancée Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) this season, but the cat’s about to come out of the bag.”

“Arrow” airs Wednesdays on the CW at 8/7c.

World Archery Championships Available on YouTube

The World Archery Championships wrapped up this week in Ankara, Turkey. The competition, which ran March 1-6, is available on YouTube. The World Archery YouTube channel offers full video coverage of the finals for streaming.

Levi Morgan Dominates First 2016 ASA Shoot

Levi Morgan, the 12-time ASA Shooter of the Year, recently won the first ASA shoot of 2016.

The course was “maybe the toughest we’ve shot on the ASA circuit for as long as I can remember,” Morgan said on the Archery Wire. “The dense underbrush and long targets created a tunnel effect that could make it tough to gauge distances.”

Even so, Morgan said he was calm, cool and collected from the moment he left home through his victory on the course. “From the first target to the last, there really was never a moment where I felt like I was going to have to scramble,” he said. “I fell in love with the new Elite Victory 37, and right now my confidence level is maybe the highest it’s ever been.”

Archery Invasion to Open New Store

Ty Colton, the new owner of the Archery Invasion pro shop in Chubbuck, Idaho, plans to open a bigger store with more lanes and inventory this spring to meet the area’s growing archery demands. Colton’s shop is drawing patrons from far and wide after gathering rave Internet reviews.

“There’s a big misconception with archery,” Colton told Local News 8, a station that covers eastern Idaho and western Wyoming. “Everyone thinks it’s just for hunting. There’s a huge growth in the youth interest with recreational archery.”

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