2 for the Gold Olympics challenge: Archery popularity rising due to London and Hunger Games movie

TULSA - Historically, archery was used for hunting and combat, but now it's a recreational sport, and one of the 32 Olympic events.

In the London Games, there were four archery events; Men's Individual, Women's Individual, Men's Team, Women's Team.

The competition has ended, but for some archery has become "the new curling" as one NBC executive called it last week. The cable ratings were huge and some attribute the sport's rise in popularity to the recent The Hunger Games movie.

Many of you asked for Big Al or me to give archery a shot, so I stepped up to try my hand as an archer or bowman. That's what you're called when you participate in the sport.

Check out behind the scenes photos from our 2 for the Gold shoots. On your phone? Use this link bit.ly/ bigalphotos to see the pictures.

Dale Cooley of the Tulsa Archery Association was my coach for the day, and despite his instruction, I didn't start out too well.

But with Dale's help, I steadied my hand and started getting a little closer to the target, eventually getting a little closer to the bulls-eye. Closer, I said. I didn't actually hit the bulls-eye.

Once outside, we started shooting from 30 yards. Dale said the Olympians shoot from almost 80 yards.

In case you missed it, Team USA won the silver medal in the team competition.

Check out the video to see how I did. If you're reading this on your phone or iPad go to our Video section to watch me in action.

Also, don't forget to go to our Facebook page and vote for the event you'd like to see me or Big Al compete in.

 

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