Archery is a pastime/sport what invariably leaves you thinking “what the flip?” when a little known fact surfaces. Here are 10 wtf moments for you …
- You’ll sometimes see reference to archers being referred to as a toxophilites. The word comes from two Greek words that together mean ‘lover of the bow’ and what archer doesn’t love their bow?!
- Six-time Olympican Khatuna Lorig trained Jennifer Lawrence for the Hunger Games films. This is why Katness Everdeen uses a one over/two under hook, under the chin anchor even though she’s shooting a traditional style field bow with no sights. Lorig is a target recurve archer, not a traditional hunter thus the discrepancy.
- On the subject of Khatuna Lorig … in the Olympics as Khatuna Kvrivichvili she competed while pregnant for the Soviet Union at Barcelona (1992) winning a team bronze. As Khatuna Lorigi, she competing for Georgia in Atlanta (1996) and Sydney (2000). As Khatuna Lorig, she was unable to participate in Athens (2004) due to citizenship issues (anyone amazed by this? Nope me neither!). She then competed for the United States at Beijing (2008). At 38yrs old she competed again for Team USA at London (2012) and finally just fell short of qualifying for Rio (2016) at the last gasp.
- At the battle of Agincort, a skilled long-bowman could release up to 12-15 arrows per minute to create the “arrow storm”. It’s believed there were 500,000 arrows in the baggage train which means the 5,000 archers at Agincort ran through their ammunition in 8 minutes. (there are archers that struggle to get 6 arrows off in 8 minutes!)
- Archery is the national sport of the Kingdom of Bhutan. It was declared the national sport in 1971, when Bhutan became a member of the United Nations. From its first attendance in 1984 till 2008, Bhutan ONLY competed in 1 sport at the Olympics – yup, you guessed it, Archery! They have never won a medal.
- South Korea’s national sport IS NOT archery (more like a religion to be honest). Its actually Taekwondo. However, South Korea has (so far) won the most archery medals in Olympic archery with an impressive haul of 38. That’s 23 golds, 9 silver and 6 bronze.
- It was required by law that all English males over the age of 14 carry out at least 2 hours of longbow practice each week. Also if you lived in York, it was permissible to shoot a scotsman with a bow but not on a Sunday. Fortunately, these laws are moribund and superseded by later legislation although at least one GA member is demanding the 2hr a week legally mandated practice be reinstated under our present house arrest.
- Thelma & Louise star Geena Davis missed out on making the US Olympic archery team in 2000, placing 24th out of 300!
Need proof she’s an archer? Well check out this you tube video of her having some archery fun…
Geena Davis Archery Trickshots
- King Henry V (16 September 1386 – 31 August 1422) ordered 500,000 arrows for his army in 1421. The arrows were stored in the Tower of London under the watchful eye of the appointed “keeper of the king’s arrows. (I pity the fool who had to refletch them after the glue perished!)
- According to the US National Safety Council, archery is more than three times safer than golf, with just one injury for every 2,000 participants.
(At GA you are perfectly safe statistically speaking as our major injuries have already happened … an outdoor boss fell on one member while another managed to stab himself in the thigh with an arrow – DO NOT ask for proof or you will be shown the scar!)