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5 Awesome Olympian Experiences at the Games

Have you ever wanted to actually feel like you’re a part of the Olympic moment? Walking alongside the athletes and experience the Games from their perspective? Well, here is a small glimpse into what that is like. Social media platforms of the 2016 Rio Olympics are, more than ever before, trying to capture every moment to share with you what the Olympics are like. Here are five things you might not see through Snapchat or an Instagram filter.

 

1. Medal celebrations

 

Medals, are of course, a big reason as to why we all watch the Olympics. We want to see our favorites do well, or our home town heroes perform at their best. When they do, we see all the excitement on TV. However, there’s even more to the fun when you earn a medal for your country. Your medal is added to the total count and everyone could not be happier. The athlete, or team, will then go through many various interviews on multiple different outlets; which can also be very draining on the athlete’s mental state for the day. Athletes can get asked multiple times throughout the course of the games if they have medaled and when that answer is yes, usually everyone near them is ecstatic and wants to celebrate with you. Thus, you have quite a few parties to go to later.

 

2. Village life

 

As an athlete, you will fly into the host country with your sport’s team; archery, badminton, rugby, etc. You will then be directed towards where you will be living inside the Athlete’s village. From the view we have received of the village in Rio, athletes seem to be dispersed all over the towers. So nothing like, “USA is in building number 12”. Having that in mind, mingling between other athletes and sports is quite a unique and wonderful experience for any Olympian at the Games. Mingling with other Olympians and cheering for your team in the common rooms is an amazing time in itself and cherished for years after.

 

3. The Swag

 

That’s right. Athlete processing. Just to name a few items, athletes receive uniforms for almost any occasion they might be met with. Media clothing, competition clothing, podium clothing, lounging clothing. You name it, they have it. Most athletes who attend for their first time are told to bring only your essentials like toiletries and underwear… because they get a whole suitcase devoted to a month’s worth of wear for the Games anyway. Pretty sweet, eh? On top of this they get shoes for all occasions, a personalized Olympic Watch, sized for their Olympic Ring, and tables upon tables of signing their name on posters, and other memorabilia for USOC designated items.

 

4. Order of Ikkos

 

Any Olympian who wins a medal, of any color, has a ceremony to award the coach they select for the one that has helped them along their journey the most, basically. It is to recognize not only the athlete’s journey but the person who also dedicated the time to help another person selflessly in their pursuit for an Olympic dream. Very emotional and very cool to experience. Hands down.

 

5. Getting into any events you want: VIPs

 

Probably saving the best for last. You know those swimming tickets you just couldn’t get your hands on? Or maybe women’s beach volleyball which is known to always be sold out. Well, don’t be too sad but any athlete who wants to see an event…gets to see an event. There is always a section for athletes from other sports to come and spectate any other sport. Why? Well wouldn’t you want to cheer on your teammates as they went for the gold? It shouldn’t come as a surprise that all athletes are always in support of other athletes and their dreams. This is a great way for them to show their patriotism and root for their fellow athletes without being burdened to go buy the tickets themselves. Awesome!

 

So which one are you jealous of? Wish you could be a part of the action? We are pretty sure everyone does at this point. Rio does hold some hope for showing us common folk what it’s like to be at the Games through any form of social media. News stories and personal videos get blogged about every day, every minute, and every second of the games whether it’s from athletes or other spectators. So don’t fret! Sneaking a peak at your phone at work every now and then couldn’t hurt. ;)

 

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5 Wonderful Reasons to Share Archery with Your Dad

 

 

Father's Day is a special moment for all the archery families out there. It is a day we celebrate what we share with the man who has always been there for us. Teaching us right from wrong, what the love of shooting our first arrow is like, and how to shoot for the stars and dream of what we can achieve.  Thank you to dads everywhere.

 

  1. Learning Life Lessons

There are times in life where parents get chances to really teach their children what they want them to learn in life. Archery provides some of those lessons between a child and father. To keep striving for your best, to never give up, and that your father is there to guide you every step of the way. He will be there to teach you how to shoot your first arrow, to climb that tree stand even though you’re afraid of heights, and even being there for your first deer in that “great circle of life” talk. Dads are the best at teaching us about life.

 

 

  1. Memories

The times we share with our dads are priceless. From the time we shot our first arrows, maybe totally missing, to our big moments winning championship titles. Your first hunting stalk together, or week long camping trips together. So remember, whether its memories with your children or memories with your own father, make them count.

 

 

  1. Sharing Lingo

Let’s face it, archery has its own language. Talking shop with your dad can be an awesome time. Especially in the middle of a store, restaurant, driving, hunting blind, and everywhere in between. You can finish each other’s sentences, have ideas for what might work for each other’s bow setups, or insist that this scope has more clarity than the other.

 

 

  1. Friendly Competition

Not everyone can say that they are striving for greatness with their archery hobby. But in a way, a dad can offer a sense of competitive love and encouragement. So if you ever find yourself wanting to achieve more, you can always ask your father to help you. They will have a kind and teasing way of doing it too. Perhaps making bets with ice cream for the winner as well as exchanging chores for the loser. All as a fun way to encourage and always strive for your best.

 

 

  1. Unending Support

Dads are always in our corner of the ring for any occasion. Whether you are his proud son or beautiful daughter, a father will always be there to support you. You have dreams of making hunting videos, do it. You have a dream to make it to the Olympic Games, go for it. Dad will always have your back and encourage you to push yourself further than you would have ever imagined.

 

 

 

Dads, we really appreciate all that you have done for us over our lives with you. Thank you for the time to teach us to love archery. We love that we can share it with you too!

 

5 Great Archery Inspired Cakes for Any Occasion

 

We know that a lot of special occasions are on the rise during this time of the year, so let us help with some archery inspired cakes for nearly every occasion. Here are our top 5 picks for awesome archery cakes that everyone can enjoy!

 

  1. Brave

For young girls all around the world of all ages, Disney tends to have a way with inspiring them all. This cake doesn’t do anything less than that for young female archers. The connection between a parent and their child, especially when you share something as special as archery with one another. Do you have a daughter who just loves to shoot? Then this is the perfect birthday cake. It also sets up a great theme for the party!

 

 

  1. Hunting/Camping Cake

This camping cake is perfect for any outdoors adventurist. Complete with animals and Mother Nature herself, anyone would be excited to get out in the woods and feel like you’re really there. Delicious and all of the pieces are edible….except maybe the animals. But then again, the real ones taste better anyway.

 

 

 

  1. Engagement Cakes

They symbolize what brought together the happy couple. In this case, clearly it was archery that captured their hearts. Also complete with a cat….we can’t seem to figure out why cats and archery are linked so often but it is awesome none the less!  The leaves look so perfect that you don’t even want to touch this wonderful looking stump.

 

 

 

  1. Hunger Games

Yes, we said it. It may be a little overdone but anything with a bow, fire, and a willingness to fight the odds is enough for anyone to celebrate with cake! Katniss could have served this to her fellow district fighters and would have won so much faster. Everyone needs some fighting spirit cake! Great for sports teams!

 

 

 

 

  1. Archery cupcakes

Who says you need a full on cake to enjoy the awesomeness of a baked good?! You can then fight over your favorites, whether it be one with a bow or one with arrows in it. Either way, everyone gets their own personal fun-sized mini cake!  Since they are smaller, you might have to go back for a second….third…maybe fourth.

 

 

We can’t wait to try these and hopefully you do to. Whether it is a DIY project to do with the family or order one for a special occasion, archery themed pastries are the coolest thing ever! Feel free to comment below on your favorites! 

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5 Essential Life Skills Archery Teaches Us

 

Archery is so much more than bows and arrows. It is what helps us get through our day. From being able to accomplish a goal, strive for that perfect group, or finally getting that prized trophy you’ve been looking forward to all season. Life teaches us quite a lot, but it is archery that helps give direction in our lives. Here are five life skills that you may, or may not, have realized your favorite sport gives you to succeed in life.

 

  1. Determination

 

 

It might sound cheesy but it’s true. Many archers find themselves striving for that one last shot at perfection before going home each day. We develop this passion over time for the sport and it becomes so ingrained that it spills into other areas of our lives; in school, finding a job, proposing a plan, coaching a team, and so on. As it is with archery, you want to strive for excellence in all that you do. Applying that determination to multiple aspects of one’s life can greatly increase the chance for success.

 

  1. Time management

 

Simple, yet very necessary for today’s fast paced world. As with a lot of sports, you understand that your practice time is precious. You want to spend it wisely and have enough time for it. So what does that lead to? Making sure everything else in your life is, to a degree, planned out. You can only get better at archery through practice, but this is also true for other things in life. Like planning a speech for a class, or getting a presentation ready for work. All having to deal with time management. Who knew archery could be so helpful, right?

 

  1. Problem solving skills

 

Remember that time when you had to spend a few hours re-tuning your bow? Or maybe even figuring out how to get your bow working after travelling to a tournament and TSA seemed to break an important piece of your equipment?  You had to think your way around the problem. Tinkering, if you will, with the possibilities of what could work or not work. The same is applied to other areas in life. Since archery has very specific problems that are associated with it, one can make even the most difficult of problems become easier with “out of the box” thinking from having to deal with archery problems. 

 

  1. Patience

 

Some of you might be thinking, “well I certainly am not as patient with shooting a bow as some people.” And I will agree with you. It’s ok to not have the greatest patience in the world. No one is perfect. But that is exactly what is happening when you practice archery. Everyone learns that they are not perfect. Some might take a little longer than others to figure out this revelation, but nevertheless it happens. After which, a new change starts to emerge. Patience brings about the willingness to improve, ask questions, trust, and wanting to help others succeed too. As much as people would not like to admit it, this is the key to help others become aware of… others. To help think about, and care, what others are doing in life. To live is to share in the struggles and triumphs with one another.  One of the biggest attributes to being a part of this world. That’s right, we got pretty deep there. But it’s true.

 

  1. Attention to detail/multitasking

 

Lastly, archery brings us the ability to look at the details. Since there are so many thoughts going on in our minds at the peak of the shot process, this is something that can’t be overlooked. Not many sports or activities can provide the same amount of information flow and detail orientation that archery can. You can have 10 things going on at once inside your head and they all have to do with the one action that you are about to take. Shooting an arrow.  This can lead to us being able to multitask in several different environments. Some people have to make a checklist for the day’s duties. However, sometimes your archery brain can take over and give you a sense of direction for the day without having the need to write it down. It’s like having a brand new super power!

 

So whichever your case may be, let it be known that archery can have a seriously helpful influence in your average day to day activities. Strive for perfection, but also know that archery is fun too. So no matter what bow you are shooting, remember that you are ingraining new skills for all parts of life.

Exploring Turkeys and How to Aim Properly at Them

Is wild turkey your forte? Well, look no further. From this video, we will point out some of the most crucial parts of how to take aim and size up a turkey. See how you compare to what the pros are doing and how you can up your game for your next hunt!

 

  1. Anatomy can be misleading

Strutting and puffing up can lead to some problems when trying to pick the right spot to aim. Just remember, “you will want to aim high, staying away from back feather and chest feathers.” As those are the two areas that tend to make the bird appear larger than he actually is. They do a really great job of giving some video play by play of this so you can really understand where and how to aim!

 

 

  1. Bird facing away from you

Now, from someone who personally likes to deer hunt, this wouldn’t have been my first choice to take a shot from. But giving it a chance, it turns out to be very viable. According to the video, since the turkey’s lungs are pushed up against its spine, you can go ahead and aim within the area of the turkey’s spine. About four inches to each side is roughly the area you have horizontally. One good shot into the chest cavity and you’ve got yourself a great bird. The shot will easily snap its spine if it’s hit and cause the turkey to go down.

 

 

  1. The Classic Headshot

We all want to say we have taken the head shot before. You really have to be confident with making this shot however. One quick turn of its head, and you could end up missing. In the video, they remind us that the head is no bigger than the vitals that you are usually aiming at anyway. So in all fairness, you still have as good a chance to hit it if you’re confident in your skills for its vitals area.

 

 

The video can be watched here. It is well put together and can follow along very easily. I hope you all have good dreams of your next wild turkey hunt!

5 Big Archery Mistakes in Film and Television

Television and movies are a main staple of our entertainment now-a-days. In our pursuit of a diversion from everyday life, we look forward to consuming things that take away our cares of the real world. In this search, as archers, we like to watch films and shows that involve archery every so often. We also tend to get a little attached to how we want archery to be portrayed. This entry isn’t as much about bad form as it is filmmakers or directors not being correct with proper archery aspects. Here are five mistakes that were made during film, TV shows and appearances.

 

  1. Pixar’s Brave - Red Carpet Premiere:

Now this one wasn’t in the movie, per say. This appearance though raised a few voices within the archery community. The photo was taken at Scotland’s Red Carpet premiere of the motion picture. As you can clearly see, the bow in the picture is not quite how it should be strung. Backwards. Sadly this would not fend off any bears for our young heroine.

 

  1. Hawkeye in Thor:

There are numerous photos of Hawkeye making the most awkward shots in the Avengers films. This one however was before his debut in the main franchise. As a side character in the first Thor movie, Hawkeye takes aim at Thor as he is trying to retrieve his hammer from within the encampment of S.H.I.E.L.D. For a split second, we see that as Hawkeye is taking aim with his compound bow… the arrow is not even sitting on the rest. This was a BIG disappointment to archers everywhere. Knowing that the Marvel sharpshooter wasn’t even aware of his own arrow placement was just a little upsetting.

 

  1. Charlie’s Angels with Lucy Liu:

This one can easily be overseen in the 2000 reboot of Charlie’s Angels. Lucy Liu’s character, Alex Munday, needs to make a shot to hit the bad guys. This one is very easily missed by most. As she takes aim at the Helicopter, she doesn’t even pull the bow back all the way. Now since this is a compound, it won’t have the strength to even launch that arrow as far as it needs to go. Surprisingly enough, it hits the mark. Hurray for movie magic!  In the bloopers for this movie, they show that same scene and what the arrow actually does…and it doesn’t even make it out of the bow. As Lucy laughs at how silly her shot is.

 

  1. Katniss Everdeen – Hunger Games trilogy:

To start this one off, we are not critiquing her draw hand placement. Unlike a lot of the angst when most archers see this actress on screen. We understand that she was taught by an Olympic archer so of course she is going to have a different draw style than what is used in most instinctive shooting. The aspect of the photo we are looking at is where the arrow is resting. Can you see it?  That’s right, it isn’t even on top of her hand, or near the bow, at all. It seems to be floating on the side of her hand. I wouldn’t really consider that very consistent or helpful when trying to hit game for the dinner table, let alone trying to defend myself in an arena to the death.

 

  1. Oliver Queen – Arrow TV series:

Finishing up our list, Oliver has been seen in this recent television series as the highly accurate businessman sharpshooter from the DC universe. However, coming across this shot in one of the episodes in the beginning season we tend to think otherwise of the hero archer. We were first given this idea from the Robin Hood: Men in Tights film. Hilariously watching as Robin Hood shot multiple arrows off of the bow at the same time and being able to hit multiple targets; shooting around corners, hitting multiple spots on a person, etc. Well, taking this into a serious context within the TV show makes this archer a little less believable. As shown from this photo, sadly all three of those arrows would never hit an intended target. Each arrow would need to be kept separate from each other. The way it is set up now, as he released, the arrows would collide with each other. Not even coming close to hitting anyone accurately.

 

Which TV spots or films are in your top 5 for incorrect use of archery protocol? Even though they may not get it right all the time, at least archery is being noticed by Hollywood.

3 Easy Tricks to Eliminate Bowhunting Anxiety

Preparing yourself for that one season that gets your blood pumping, you guessed it, hunting season. I will be telling you three easy ways to help decrease those pesky season jitters for the one shot that can make it or break it.

  1. Practice makes perfect

Practicing a few shots at a foam block is needed, but to really get you in the mindset for the one shot the deer might give you there is usually no time for second chances. So why not practice that way?  Set up a tree stand or blind to practice from. It would be preferred to shoot a 3D target to get a better feel but work with what you have. Take the shot, climb down, and walk away for a bit. Then you can come back an hour later or so and do it again. This prepares you for the one shot you will have to take with your desired target.

 

  1. Deep breathing exercises

Before you skim past this option, take a look. Easier than doing the full blown cardio tick, although not as beneficial as running, this still allows you to have a slower resting heart rate. Simply take 10 minutes after you wake up and 10 minutes before going to bed. Take a breath in for 5-8 seconds, then hold it for about 3-5 seconds. Followed by exhaling slowly for another 5-8 seconds; Inhale through the nose, out through the mouth. Focusing on your breathing each day will easily change your heart rate. Ultimately preparing you for the adrenaline pulsing rush of spotting your target.

 

  1. Lighting practice

Probably the easiest to be overlooked, but when practiced, is easily the most helpful. Our eyes aren’t made to see in the wee hours of the morning or the low amount of light at dusk. However, your prey is more active during these times and can smell, see, and hear better than you can. So it is important if you spot the one you are looking to tag, that you know how the light affects you at dawn and dusk. The rule of thumb is that shadows play tricks on our eyes. We will be more likely to be hesitant on something we cannot see. This leads to dipping low on the target with your sight. Take the time to practice at those hours, even though you might want to sleep in.

Now make the choice to up your chances for the shot you could get this coming season! 

 

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When you go to see an archery tournament featuring modern competitive archers you would expect them to be carrying their arrows on their back in a quiver, just like what you’d probably see in a Robin Hood film. That’s not how it actually works in today’s modern competitions, such quivers like that are not allowed. When I showed off my archery equipment for the first time to my friends they were rather miffed about the type of quiver that I was using. It looked like a holster that resembled a lady’s handbag. One of my friends suggested that I should get a back quiver and be like Robin Hood. Well as much as I would like to have a quiver like that it’s not allowed on archery competitions. This is because back quivers and side quivers were designed for different types of archery in mind.

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