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

Posted at 2:30 PM, Aug 08, 2012
and last updated 2016-06-24 12:33:34-04

Editor's Note: This story was originally published on Aug. 8, 2012.


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.

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 in the player above to see how Cayden did.