When I hear the phrase ‘Ultimate Sport’, the first thing that comes to mind is Mixed Martial Arts or the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Archery is not the first thing that comes to mind, and I love the sport.
All athletes have their opinion of what the ultimate sport is, usually it’s theirs. How one defines the ultimate sport varies from person to person. A martial artist will probably have a different idea of the ultimate sport than a marathoner. One’s ideal sport involves skill and head to head competition. The other’s ideal competition is between him and himself, a test of his mental and physical endurance.
So what about archers? Why might archers think of theirs as being the ultimate sport? In the following video, the International Archery Federation (FITA) makes their argument for why this age-old sport is the ultimate sport.
It’s Olympics Eve and the games are finally going to kick off tomorrow. For us archers, the main thing we want to know is how and when to watch the competition. Most of you may already know that NBC is thankfully streaming the archery events online.
But it’s also helpful, if you’re not a seasoned archer, to know as much as you can about the sport. The more you know, the better you’ll be able to enjoy the competition.
The following is an excellent video of British archer Alison Williamson giving an overview on the basics of archery.
Below are some useful links for streaming the archery matches and checking schedules; learning about the competitors, the competition format, equipment, interviews, etc.
When beginners take their first archery class, many want to run out and buy their own equipment afterwards. Many of us can relate to that initial enthusiasm. But, unlike sports such as tennis, basketball or baseball, buying archery equipment shouldn’t be an impulse buy. The equipment is pricy and it takes a while to figure out what type of bow works for you (e.g., recurve, longbow, compound, etc.).
In this video Catherine Curtis, a volunteer instructor at the Rancho Park Archery range, gives some sage advice on archery equipment and why it’s a good idea for beginners to resist the urge to run out and buy their own equipment right away.