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The Human Arrow, Olympic Archers to Watch & USA Archery Partners With Let’s Move

Author: Taylor Walston

Professional skydiver/base jumper Jeb Corliss routinely leaps off of classic monuments. Time magazine reports that Corliss’ resume includes Paris’ Eiffel Tower, Seattle’s Space Needle, the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, and the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur.

His most recent stunt? Flying toward the Great Wall of China and aiming for a bull’s-eye target suspended in the air above the wall. “Fastened into a wingsuit, the 40-year-old stuntman dove from a helicopter 1,830 m (6,000 ft.) above the ground, flew through the air at 193 km/h (120 mph), and soared headfirst into the bull’s eye,” Time reported.

Corliss’ amazing feats far exceed what most of us only dream about. Then again, skydiving might be more of a nightmare than an aspiration for some folks. But it’s a dream, nonetheless.

Final 4 Archers Bound for Rio

The final four archers for the U.S. Olympic Team will bring a mix of experience and raw talent to Rio in August.

Team USA announced that the men’s team consists of Brady Ellison, Zach Garrett and Jake Kaminski, while Mackenzie Brown will compete in the women’s division.

“The team is a blend of Olympic experience and fresh faces, all of whom have already had success on the international stage,” Team USA announced.

Brown has become known as the “girl on fire,” an Alicia Keys song by the same name that was played when Brown was introduced at the USA’s gold-medal ceremony. The nickname was originally coined for the Katniss Everdeen character in “The Hunger Games” movie, and Brown carries on the legacy. “It’s cool for people to see my name as the girl on fire and also get an interest in archery, even if it is from ‘The Hunger Games’,” she told Team USA.

5 Reasons Why Archery is the Olympics’ Most Interesting Sport

With all the buzz about the Rio Olympics, some might think: “Why archery? What’s so great about it?” The Irish Examiner answers with five reasons why archery will be the Olympics’ most interesting sport at the Aug. 5-12 Games.

First: It’s graceful. As reported in the Irish Examiner article, 1904 Olympic gold-medal archer Lida Howell once described it this way: “Archery is a picturesque game, the range with its smooth green and distant glowing target with its gold and radiating red, blue, black and white, the white-garbed players, with graceful big bows and flying arrows, makes a beautiful picture.”

Second: It’s exaggerated. The article recalls archery’s drawn-out premiere in the 1900 Olympics. “The archery competition stretched for a total of 44 days from May to August, and consisted of 19 events.” Yes, 44 days. That seems more like a marathon than a shooting competition. We’ll stick with the eight days of archery for this year’s Olympics.

Third: William Shatner does it. The Irish Examiner reported that Shatner is an avid archer and a founding member of Detroit’s Fred Bear sporting club. In other words, Shatner boldly goes where no other Star Trek actor has gone before: the archery range.

Fourth: Everyone wants to try it. When five-time Wimbledon singles winner Lottie Dod decided tennis wasn’t enough, she tried archery and fared well. The article reported that Dod won a silver medal at the 1908 Olympics, while her brother William took gold in the men’s division.

Fifth: South Korea’s reign is dominant. South Korea has claimed 34 Olympic medals, and for good reason. This country has an intense training regimen that includes bungee jumping and platform diving. It also holds archery events in crowded baseball stadiums so archers learn to cope in “the heat of the moment,” the article reported.

2016 NASP Archery Tournament Breaks Records

Record numbers of students from across the United States competed in mid-May at Louisville, Kentucky, for the National Archery in the Schools Program’s National Youth Archery Tournament.

Buckmasters reported that the world’s largest indoor archery ranges covered more than a half-mile of space, and required 20 hours of setup work at Kentucky’s Exposition Center. A total of 12,897 student archers attended the three-day event, breaking NASP’s attendance records for its national tournament. The record was also 7 percent larger than the field at NASP’s 2015 national event.

Female participation at the event also grew, accounting for 47 percent of the field, an increase of two percentage points, Buckmasters said.

The tournament celebrates youth archery and young students, so cash awards totaling $192,000 in scholarships were presented to individuals and members of top teams during the awards ceremony. “Now they’ll be able to hit the books as well as targets,” Buckmasters reported.

Antalya 2016: 10 Archers to Watch

The Rio games are getting closer, and the window of opportunity to qualify ended June 21 with the World Cup in Antalya, Turkey. World Archery gave us 10 archers to watch at the Antalya Word Cup competition. Antalya 2016 was the biggest World Cup stage in history. Over 550 archers competed, breaking the record set in Antalya in 2015 by over 120 athletes. Here are a few of the names from that World Archery watch list:

Ukraine Women

The Ukraine’s Veronika Marchenko, Anastasia Pavlova and Lydia Lichenicolous are backed by a coach with impressive credentials. “One of the most successful coaches in Olympic history, Viktor Sidoruk stands behind the Ukrainian team,” World Archery said.

All three women qualified in Antalya, grabbing their tickets for Rio during their last chance before the Olympics.

Areneo David

The Malawian archer didn’t need to qualify for Rio at Antalya. He just needed to prove to the Tripartite place selectors (from the Association of National Olympic Committees) that he has developed the competitive level to attend the Games, World Archery reported.

Brady Ellison

We’ve kept our eye on Ellison already, but as the games get closer, the excitement grows. World Archery reported: “Qualified and confirmed for his third consecutive Olympics, Brady’s hitting a height in form that we’ve not seen out of him before.”

Let’s see if he can keep it going in Rio.

Ane Marcelle Dos Santos

World Archery said Dos Santos won a bronze at the Pan Am Championships in 2014, but led the Brazilian Rio 2016 squad selection before it was cut to four, and made her first final-16 at Stage 2 of the tour in Medellin.

USA Archery Announces Commitment to Partnership for a Healthier America

USA Archery has partnered with the Let’s Move! Program started by First Lady Michelle Obama. In conjunction with the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), Let’s Move! is all about getting kids healthy and active, which meshes with the Olympics, where the world’s most athletic people gather to showcase their strengths.

Team USA reported: “As part of the commitment, USA Archery will facilitate grants for archery equipment kits, instructor certification, and programming to help grow archery. The goal will be to introduce 50,000 children to the sport through the Explore Archery and ‘Junior Olympic Archery Development’ Program in the next 12 months.”

In addition, USA Archery plans to link the PHA partnership to other outreach efforts, including the Adult Archery Program Clubs, the article reported. With support from the Easton Foundations and Procter & Gamble Co., USA Archery has arranged equipment grants for local and state park and recreation departments in Alabama, Pennsylvania and Texas, as well as USA Archery Clubs nationwide.

Sounds like the beginning of a beautiful partnership.

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