Elite Archers: Lives of Dedication and Sacrifice

Jay McAninch August 4, 2012

As the first week of the 30th Olympiad ends and our USA Archery team members make their last appearances, everyone is asking them, “what now?” With several young archers on the team and many of us wanting to see the US increase our medal haul at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janerio, I assumed many would be back in training soon. After all, isn’t that what world class archers do? What few of us know is that sports, at the highest levels, is not only a full time job for the athlete but…

Close but No Cigar

Jay McAninch August 3, 2012

 "Close" is a very bad word in sports, yet it’s the story of most athletes’ competitive lives. Where sports fans always focus on the winners, the vast majority of participants finish with a number by their name like “6th,” “10th,” or (the worst number in the Olympic games) “4th.” To fans in the crowd, the television audience and readers of sports pages, these elite athletes are nameless, faceless young people in colorful clothing. They…

The Boring Side of Archery: Bows, Arrows and Judges

Jay McAninch August 1, 2012

As Janet and I wander through our hotel lobby, we often notice people wearing the blue and green of Olympic officials going about their business from early in the day to late in the evening. I learned they are the archery judges, spotters, referees, equipment technicians and venue announcers. They coordinate the inspection of the competitors’ equipment, and mediate rules issues, manage hundreds of matches, and generally deal with minutiae that would drive most people crazy. However, they’re…

USA Archer Miranda Leek shoots in one of the few sunny moments of the quarterfinals.

Archery is an All-Weather Sport

Jay McAninch July 30, 2012

In the span of three hours Sunday during the women’s team archery final rounds, London was, well, London. When spectators like me reached our seats at 3 p.m., for the opening match between Korea and Denmark, we were accompanied by sunshine, a slight breeze and much anticipation because the Korean women were going for their seventh consecutive gold medal. In fact, Korea is the only country to win this particular gold medal since the team competition started in 1988. The first Korean set of…

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