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…

Koreans and Americans face off.

Seven 10s

Jay McAninch July 29, 2012

Editor’s Note: USA men's archery team is scheduled for an appearance on NBC’s Today Show, Mon., July 30, 9 a.m. ET. Most everyone has their memorable moments in sports – I certainly do. I remember when the American’s beat Russia in Olympic hockey, and one of the great, Olympic moments of all time, when Bob Beamon broke the long jump record in Mexico City in 1968 by nearly 2 feet, a record that stood for 20 years. Most of you likely know our American men’s archery…

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