Olympics + 'Hunger Games' = a big boost for archery(Read article summary)
Olympic athlete Khatuna Lorig, who trained 'Hunger Games' star Jennifer Lawrence, said that she's seen a huge spike in the popularity of archery.
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US Olympic archer Khatuna Lorig, who trained â€śHunger Gamesâ€ť star Jennifer Collins to use her bow and arrow to play Katniss Everdeen in the film version of Collinsâ€™ first book, said she has seen a huge rise in public awareness of the sport.
American archer Brady Ellison, who is competing in the Olympics, said that he had seen a rise in the sportâ€™s popularity in the US after â€śHunger Gamesâ€ť and the release of â€śBrave,â€ť the new Pixar film about a Scottish princess who loves using her bow and arrow.
â€śI do feel like this year that with all the movies and stuff that has come out, especially in the States, we are getting a lot more recognition for the sport,â€ť Ellison told the Tribune.
Archery USA, a national group, even wrote a letter to author Collins, thanking her for bringing the sport into the limelight.
â€śWhen Katniss Everdeen started brandishing her bow and arrows on movie screens across America, our phones began (literally, began) ringing nonstop,â€ť the letter read.
Peter Jones of the Governing Body of the sport of archery in Great Britain and Northern Ireland, told the Guardian that in the United Kingdom, â€śHunger Gamesâ€ť hasnâ€™t had as much of an effect on the sportâ€™s popularity, but that the breaking of two world records by South Korean athlete Im Dong-hyun was bringing archery to the publicâ€™s attention again.
â€śIt's a great sport for the family to do together,â€ť he said of the activityâ€™s appeal. â€śAbsolutely anyone can do it.â€ť