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Olympics + 'Hunger Games' = a big boost for archery

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(Read caption) Olympic archer Khatuna Lorig gave 'Hunger Games' star Jennifer Lawrence lessons in how to handle her bow and arrow.

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The blockbuster young adult trilogy “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins is being credited as one of the factors behind the rise in popularity of archery at this year’s Olympic Games.

US Olympic archer Khatuna Lorig, who trained “Hunger Games” star Jennifer Collins to use her bow and arrow to play Katniss Everdeen in the film version of Collins’ first book, said she has seen a huge rise in public awareness of the sport.

“When I train in North Hollywood, you have to get there two hours early to get a chance to shoot,” she said in an interview with the Chicago Tribune.

American archer Brady Ellison, who is competing in the Olympics, said that he had seen a rise in the sport’s popularity in the US after “Hunger Games” and the release of “Brave,” the new Pixar film about a Scottish princess who loves using her bow and arrow.

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