70 days to go… archery & Olympics news

27 May, 2016

Patrick Huston

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More rumbles down the road to Rio: the European Championships are well underway in Nottingham. The home nation chalked up some confidence-boosting victories with the men’s recurve team making the gold medal match and the women’s recurve and compound teams both making bronze finals, before Patrick Huston strode through the field to make the bronze individual final, putting plenty of GBR shirts in front of the home crowd this weekend.  Russia also had a great day at the office this week.

Finals are compound Saturday and recurve Sunday, and will be broadcast here.

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For many nations, though, something much more important was at stake: the continental qualifying tournament on Thursday evening and Friday morning, and its six precious individual spots for Rio. In the end, two archers from Turkey, one each from Slovakia, Finland and Azerbaijan, and (yesssss) Great Britain grabbed spots. World Archery roundup here.  That Patrick Huston clinched the place by winning the bronze medal match, every ten roared on by an augmented GB squad. He was only beaten in the semi by the on-fire Gete Mazoz of Turkey – who will also be shooting for gold on Sunday. AGB roundup here.

Watch the BBC Sport interview with Patrick here.

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Bubbling news: Canadian international Jay Lyon has been suspended after failing a drugs test at the Arizona Cup. He is currently unable to compete in Antalya, and looks unlikely to be competing in Rio – pending appeals.  More on this story as I get it.

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In Turkey, the invitation-only Conquest Cup is underway at the Ockular Vakfi in Istanbul, which I wrote about a couple of years ago. Big cash prizes and lots of big names from around the world – check out the participant list.

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The USA are finally wrapping up their Rio selections this Sunday and Monday.

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Over at WA, this week’s best-ever Olympian is Park Kyung-Mo, in at number 7.  The model of disciplined, intelligent Korean archery, he amassed everything but individual Olympic gold over his career:

“If you’re an athlete, taking part in the Olympics is everyone’s dream come true. If I think back to the times I participated, my heart still beats.” 

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Photo: Getty Images

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Want to know ‘everything you need to know’ about India’s exuberantly named recurver Bombayla Devi Laishram? Here you go.

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Crystal Gauvin wrote on her blog about her times in Medellin and Redding, with her usual candour. As I’ve mentioned before, I really wish more elite archers would keep blogs, even if just occasionally. It would add richness and colour to the sport. Come on. Get stuck in.

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Over in Korea, the pressure is just starting to pile on the great white sharks, as the Olympic committee wheel out their best prospects for photocalls and interviews.  The nation is expecting ten gold medals, apparently – and the archery team is fully expected to bring back at least a third of those.  They will be sending over Korean chefs to prepare food for their teams, after the archers (at least) apparently found it difficult to get used to the food at the test event.  Kim Jung-Haeng, the chef de mission, said this:

“As many know, the local situation in Brazil is not favourable for the Korean team. The country is 12 time zones away from here and it will take more than 20 hours to get there. Plus there are also security and health issues. However, the Korean committee will provide full support so that the athletes can display their best performance there,” Kim said.

It’s clear that Ki Bo Bae is now pretty adept at handling the media, and can happily say the right things and try to manage expectations. But there’s no mistaking the Korean national mood. Nothing less than gold will do. It seems the time zone problem can be managed; a bigger issue for the archers is whether the Asian (and indeed, the European) teams will be really used to the temperature and humidity outdoors in Rio – or the floodlights that will be used in the individual competition.

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Speaking of Brazil, we have some bad archery. REALLY bad archery. Not for the squeamish.  And this report from China is almost as grim.

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Finally, a great story from the Paralympics at Athens 2004, where Team USA’s Jeff Favry tells the story of the photographer who changed his life. Interesting read.

Bye!

 

77 days to go: archery & Olympics news

20 May, 2016

SHANGHAI, CHINA - MAY 1: In this handout image provided by the World Archery Federation, Larry Godfrey of Great Britain shoots in the recurve men team bronze medal match during the Hyundai Archery World Cup on May 1, 2016 in Shanghai , China. (Photo by Dean Alberga/World Archery via Getty Images)

Larry Godfrey (Photo by Dean Alberga/World Archery via Getty Images)

In these weeks leading towards the ‘big dance’ in Rio and increasing coverage for the sport, I am going to try and give some shape to my archery blog / social media ’empire’ (ha!) by doing a proper round up of things once a week, in the manner of Ollie Williams’ much-missed Frontier Sports.  The plan is: every Friday at some point. Or more. Enjoy.

The last-ever World Cup stage in Medellin wrapped with Korea unbeaten in recurve finals matches, the first stage win for Brady Ellison since Lausanne 2014, and a clutch of gold medals for Sara Lopez. Full coverage here.  The Brady final match, displaying the sort of dominant, steely World Cup confidence Ellison showed in 2010/11, is worth another watch. The Korean recurve machine wasn’t looking entirely bulletproof, but the wall held, and no-one proved capable of giving them a close match on Sunday. Antalya will hopefully be interesting.

Next week is the European Championships in Nottingham, UK, the last continental qualifier for the big dance. Although given the relative lack of press coverage so far, you’d be forgiven for not knowing it was on. I’ll be up there for the finals. See you there.

On the World Archery website, this week’s best Olympic archer of all time is Michele Frangilli, in at number 8. What a dude. Watch that draw right here:

A somewhat lively, topic-wandering discussion has erupted over at Archery Talk on the series.

No big surprises as India named their women’s team for Rio. After six stages of selection trials held over months, the Archery Association of India picked Deepika KumariBombayla Devi Laishram and Laxmirani Majhi to represent India in Brazil. The men’s team are still looking for three spots in Antalya, they currently have just the one. World Archery roundup here, something from the Indian media here.

The Times Of India ran with the squad’s visit to a Hindu temple in Tirupati to pray for divine blessing immediately after selection – Archers don’t mind divine intervention.

Several other nations are close to picking their final threes and ones: Australia wrap it up this weekend.

General Olympics news: as the doping scandals and calls for Russia to be chucked out of Rio rumble on, there is better news about the Zika virus, even as Korea and others unveil mosquito-repelling Rio uniforms.  It wasn’t all this doom and gloom a few months before London 2012, was it? Oh yeah… so it was.

Interesting, mildly candid interview with Team GB’s Larry Godfrey in the Bristol Post, although it couldn’t resist a Robin Hood reference, dooming it in Infinite Curve eyes to the absolute lowest of the lazy journalist low. Must try harder. Or just stop altogether.

Is Archery Really As Dope A Skill As It Is In Marvel Films? Leaving aside Betteridge’s Law Of Headlines, this is an entertaining – and by the usual standards, reasonably well researched – article about archery in popular culture. And they don’t mention L**s A****sen once!  Bonus points!

Gratuitous Ki Bo Bae reference of the week? An English-voiceovered chat with her by FISU, home of the Universiade, end of last year. This will get the most clicks of any link on this post, by the way. I know. It tells me. :)

What else have we got? Oh yeah. A cat called Jake Kaminski. (From here. Pic by Kaela Thompson).

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Bye!

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World Cup Shanghai – teams / finals pics

3 May, 2016

For pics of Great Britain’s recurve men at #WCShanghai, click here.

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mixed team semi

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Tan Ya Ting, Laxmirani Mahji

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Deepika Kumari

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Wen Chen Hung

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Zach Garrett

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the view out of my hotel room window, 6.30am

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Rick Van Der Ven

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KOR-GBR

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Maja Jager

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Elena Richter

 

FINALS

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KOR ladies

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India ladies, warm-up field

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Dutch arrows

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KOR arrows

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Brady, mixed team final

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Brady & Khatuna, mixed team final

taipei yeah

Chinese Taipei YEAH

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Sjef Van Den Berg

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Sjef / Zach

bows bows bows

2 May, 2016

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Denmark ladies’ bows

If you’ve been reading my blog on a vaguely regular basis you’ll know that I focus more on the sport side of things than the equipment side, partly because I feel that’s well covered elsewhere.

But someone asked nicely, so on Friday morning (team day) I decided to scribble down what every recurve team in this World Cup was using.

I didn’t have time to note individual models, or who was slinging what. Sorry. Had work to do. If it’s Hoyt, it’s very likely a GMX or Prodigy series riser and almost certainly Quattro limbs. If it’s Win & Win, limbs wise it’s increasingly Wiawis but quite likely Inno Ex Power. Win & Win risers were well mixed amongst their older and newer, carbon & aluminium offerings.

This is apropos of nothing, and you can take from it whatever you like.

IMPORTANT:

1) I think I got most of it right but it was done quickly and there’s a likely possibility of some errors. This is for information only, and is not to be relied upon in any way.
2) These are the bows of the three-member teams participating in the team rounds.
3) Don’t forget a large number of archers and teams at this level are sponsored in one way or another, which might in turn affect the ‘result’ in one way or another.
4) Most importantly: this is an observation of what was on the line at the Shanghai World Cup in 2016, not a peer-reviewed study of trends in the archery industry. It may not mean very much at all!

If you haven’t noticed already, this blog is sponsored by Win & Win, specifically their WIAWIS product line. So if you’re looking at this ‘data’ and thinking about which recurve bow to buy, obviously you should buy WIAWIS. Because they’re the best. :)

Scroll to the bottom for totals.

Format is: riser / limbs

MEN’S TEAMS

Japan

W&W / W&W
W&W / W&W
Hoyt / W&W

Spain

W&W / W&W
Hoyt / Hoyt
W&W / W&W

Nederlands

Hoyt / Hoyt
Hoyt / Hoyt
Hoyt / Hoyt

Russia

Hoyt / Hoyt
MK Korea / Hoyt
Hoyt / Hoyt

USA

Hoyt / Hoyt
Hoyt / Hoyt
Hoyt / Hoyt

Canada

Hoyt / Hoyt
Hoyt / Hoyt
W&W / W&W

GBR

Hoyt / Hoyt
W&W / W&W
W&W / W&W

Australia

Hoyt / Hoyt
W&W / W&W
W&W / W&W

Korea

Hoyt / MK Korea
W&W / W&W (RXT)
W&W / W&W (RXT)

China

Hoyt / W&W
W&W / W&W
Hoyt / MK Korea

Mexico
Hoyt / Hoyt
Hoyt / Hoyt
Hoyt / Hoyt

Chinese Taipei
MK Korea / MK Korea
W&W / W&W
Hoyt / MK Korea

India
MK Korea / W&W
Hoyt / Hoyt
W&W / W&W

Denmark

MK Korea / W&W
Hoyt / MK Korea
MK Korea / MK Korea

France

Hoyt / Hoyt
W&W / W&W
Hoyt / Hoyt

Indonesia

Hoyt / Hoyt
Hoyt / Hoyt
Hoyt / Hoyt

Germany

MK Korea / W&W
Hoyt / MK Korea
MK Korea / MK Korea

 

 

 

WOMEN’S TEAMS

Germany

Hoyt / Hoyt
Hoyt / Hoyt
Hoyt / Hoyt

Japan

W&W / W&W
W&W / W&W
W&W / W&W

Indonesia

W&W / W&W
Hoyt / Hoyt
Hoyt / Hoyt

China

W&W / W&W
W&W / W&W
W&W / W&W

Denmark

Hoyt / Hoyt
Hoyt / Hoyt
Hoyt / MK Korea

Turkey

Hoyt / Hoyt
Hoyt / Hoyt
Hoyt / MK Korea

USA

Hoyt / Hoyt
Hoyt / Hoyt
W&W / W&W

India

W&W / W&W
W&W / W&W
MK Korea / MK Korea

Russia

Hoyt / Hoyt
MK Korea / W&W
MK Korea / W&W

Colombia

Hoyt / Hoyt
Hoyt / Hoyt
Hoyt / Hoyt
(all the same colour!)

Spain

Fivics / Fivics
W&W / W&W
Hoyt / Hoyt

GBR

Hoyt / Hoyt
Hoyt / Hoyt
W&W / W&W

Georgia

Hoyt / Hoyt
Hoyt / Hoyt
Hoyt / Hoyt

Korea

W&W / W&W
W&W / W&W
Hoyt / W&W

TOTAL using Hoyt risers: 53
TOTAL using Hoyt limbs: 44

TOTAL using Win & Win risers: 29
TOTAL using Win & Win limbs: 37

TOTAL using MK Korea risers: 10
TOTAL using MK Korea limbs: 11

TOTAL using Fivics limbs: 1
TOTAL using Fivics risers: 1

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World Cup Shanghai – GBR men

1 May, 2016

It wasn’t quite to be, but the journey was something special. The last time the GBR men’s team made a World Cup final was that glorious moment at Antalya 2012 when the men’s team beat India for gold. This week, the team of Patrick Huston, Kieran Slater and Larry Godfrey got past the Australians and the USA before being stopped – just – by the Korean boys, helped along by the noisiest support on the field.  With this trip still regarded as a ‘training week’, flights had been booked home on Saturday, and had to be hastily rearranged for Richard Priestman and the team.

Without the travelling support, in the end they ran into an Indian wall of tens. Despite rallying in the third set, and Larry finding the middle consistently, they couldn’t quite get any points on the board, but even so, the result is telling. Richard Priestman, the head coach had this to say:

“We were really up for it. I think there’s a belief coming back into the team. We’ve worked really hard this winter, a lot of positive talk, and we’ve had great support this morning from the rest of the team. We’ve created the atmosphere where we believe we can win, and it’s paying off. It was a real shame to lose to Korea by just a point, but we know we can beat big teams.”

All pics are © The Infinite Curve. You can share them with a credit, but you’re not allowed to edit them in any way. Thanks!

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Patrick Huston

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Kieran Slater

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on stage

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Larry

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Patrick on the final field practice range

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Team on the final field practice range

 

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supporting

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You don’t win anything with ki… oh, you do

 

 

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Pic of the GBR recurve ladies too, what the hell

World Cup Shanghai – Days 1&2

27 April, 2016

Some photos from the first couple of days. There was a lot of tension in the air, and I went looking for ‘portraits’, mostly. Little vignettes. Enjoy.

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Deepika Kumari.

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Song Jiyung

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Alejandra Valencia

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Muto Hiroki

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Lee Seongjun

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Christian Weiss

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So Chun Ngai

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Daniel Areneo

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Zach Garrett

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Brady Ellison

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Aida Roman

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Karla Hinojosa

 

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Yuki Hayashi

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Still Life #1

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Still Life #2

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Lin Shih Chia

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Kim Chaeyun

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Deepika Kumari

 

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WA on the town

World Cup Shanghai 2016 – preview

23 April, 2016

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Yuanshen Stadium, Shanghai. Photo: Sun Alex

The World Cup season is upon us, and it’s very short indeed in this Olympic year.  There are three events rather than four:  Shanghai starts next week on the 26th April, after that many of the archers will be flying directly to Medellin which begins on the 9th May, with South American qualification places for Rio up for grabs. The last stage before Rio in Antalya on the 12th June will be particularly full of drama as the last Olympic qualifying tournament, with 24 team and individual places available for the big dance. Finally, there will be the showcase grand final in Odense, Denmark in September.

It will be interesting to see who is on form in Shanghai, the familiar opener to the season and the firmest fixture in the World Cup calendar. The qualifying is still at the Yuanshen Stadium, but this year, for the first time, the finals will not be held on the familiar waterfront by the Huangpu river. The finals field is now on the nearby Lujiazui Green, with some spectacular fountains and the archers shooting over water (reminiscent of the old Copenhagen World Cup venue). Shanghai has the biggest crowds of any of the World Cup events, and was a sellout last year. This should be a great edition.

 

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Most teams seem to be sending full-strength first teams, with one noticeable absence  – Korea.
They are sending their top recurve cadets, all aged 17-20, for some international experience in Shanghai – although all their senior compounders will be in action. Ukraine also appear to be absent, and the Brazilian first team too – they are deep into internal selection tournaments.  The Italian recurves are currently training in South America, last I heard.

I’m getting on a plane tomorrow and going to Shanghai once again to work for World Archery on the comms team, so you can find me over here. Will also be updating you with pictures here. Stay tuned!  John.

 

 

Tokyo 2020 logos: still some work to do?

14 April, 2016

Original logo designer Kenjiro Sano. Pic via Inside The Games.

Last year a furore erupted over the logo design for the Tokyo 2020 games, which was eventually withdrawn over claims that it had been plagiarised. I retain a sneaking suspicion that it was withdrawn not because it infringed the copyright of an obscure Belgian theatre company, but because it was really, really awful.  I wrote a longish, ranty blog post about exactly why so in July last year.

Certainly the glare of public opinion was not kind, but the London 2012 logo received similar levels of stick, and they stuck that one out. Given the loss of face involved – a huge deal in Japan – the decision to yank it must have been agonising.

Since that debacle, the organising committee held an open public competition to design a new pair of logos for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Anyone resident in Japan could enter, and nearly 15,000 people did. The four finalists, all currently anonymous, are below.

The reaction from Japan’s design community to the finalist designs has been spectacularly sniffy and condescending:

“Public submission seems more fair than a designer or agency picked by an elite, but the overall result will probably lack quality,” said Benjamin Thomas of Tokyo-based Bento Graphics, who said the logos on the shortlist fail to “immediately visually explain their concept”.

Another Tokyo-based designer, Ian Lynam of Ian Lynam Design, said the logos were “unprofessional in terms of structure, form and execution” and were more akin to “cartoons or caricatures”.

Designer Keiko Hirano said: “We must not fail to recognise that once again, the renewed competition will not be a reflection of the consensus of the Japanese people.”

Art director and the chairman of Japan Graphic Designers Association, Katsumi Asaba, told Sports Hochi said he preferred Sano’s effort as the new contenders were of a “really low level of design”.

This, of course, came hot on the heels of another, even bigger design row over the main Olympic stadium involving the late architect Zaha Hadid. After that, the organising committee made it very clear that they expected ‘Japanese-ness’ to be a big part of any design elements that were facing the public.

So here they are. What do you think? Personally I think that one is a lot stronger than the others. There’s a poll at the bottom. Choose one and let me know. Add a comment, why dontcha? And you can stick your oar in directly to the organisers here.

UPDATE: April 25th – the results are in:  http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/04/25/national/checkered-pattern-chosen-as-official-logo-for-2020-tokyo-olympic-games/

 

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A. Harmonized chequered emblem

Chequered patterns have been popular in many countries around the world throughout history. In Japan, the chequered pattern became formally known as “ichimatsu moyo” in the Edo period (1603-1867), and this chequered design in the traditional Japanese colour of indigo blue expresses a refined elegance and sophistication that exemplifies Japan.

Composed of three varieties of rectangular shapes, the design represents different countries, cultures and ways of thinking. It incorporates the message of “unity in diversity”. It also expresses that the Olympic and Paralympic Games seek to promote diversity as a platform to connect the world.

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B. Connecting Circle, Expanding Harmony

“This design expresses the connection between the dynamism of the athletes and the joy of the spectators, and the expansion of peace and harmony throughout the world.
It seeks to encompass mental and physical strength, dynamic movement and speed, and the euphoric emotions that the world derives from outstanding athletic performances.
The design also expresses the respect and warm hospitality that will be accorded to visitors from around the world to the Tokyo 2020 Games.”

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C. Surpassing One’s Personal Best

“These emblems were inspired by the traditional Wind God and the Thunder God, and seek to convey dynamic movement at the instant an athlete breaks the tape on the finish line. They also represent athletes as they endeavour to attain and surpass their personal best.
The Wind God and the Thunder God have been much loved by the people of Japan for centuries. (e.g. the famous painting by the early 17th century Japanese artist Tawaraya Sotatsu, and the statues of these Gods at the Kaminari-mon Gate in Tokyo’s Asakusa district)
In the original depiction, the taiko drums held by the Thunder God are represented by fireworks, while the Wind Cloth held by the Wind God is replaced by the portrayal of a rainbow to symbolise the concepts of peace, diversity and harmony.
The emblems also express the athletes’ continued contribution to peace through their mental and physical tenacity, and a connection to the future.”

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D. Flowering of Emotions

“The morning glory flower as it faces up towards the heavens to greet the new morning, expresses the faces of athletes striving to attain a personal best and the bright faces of people as they applaud the athletes. The upward-looking morning glory also represents the climax of this range of emotions.
The seed of the morning glory sprouts, the vine grows, and the flower opens,—the process of the flower growing and eventually returning to seed conveys the sense of expectation for the Games and succession to the next generation.
This flower was particularly popular during Japan’s Edo period (1603-1867), and remains a firm favourite (e.g. as subject for “Ukiyoe” prints.)
It signifies a heightened sense of anticipation towards the 2020 Games and the warm welcome that visitors from around the world will receive.”

 

Quotes and pic via Inside The Games. Thanks.

Woojin: the year of the monkey

13 April, 2016

Awesome English-language post and quotes from Kim Woojin last month. Original article is here: http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3015462

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Kim Woojin (in glasses) at Shanghai 2015. Photo: The Infinite Curve

Kim Woo-jin knows that getting a spot on the Korean national archery team can be more difficult than winning international events.

And like most athletes this year, the 23-year-old archer is aiming for the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Though there are two trials left for Korean archers to qualify for the national team, Kim is regarded as the frontrunner for a spot.

After clinching silver medals in the men’s singles at the World Cup event last year, Kim went on to win gold in the World Archery Championships in July, both single and team. It was his second world title after 2011.

Having the momentum, he claimed the Aquece Rio International Archery Challenge, which doubled as a Rio 2016 Olympic test event, in September 2015. As a result, Kim became No.1 in world rankings in men’s recurve, edging his teammate Lee Seung-yun.

Kim, who is with the Cheongju City Hall archery team, said that he has a good feeling about his performance this year. The two-time Worlds champion is born in the year of monkey under the Chinese Zodiac, which happens to be the same as this year.

“I’m kind of thrilled since the Olympics is in the year of the monkey,” he said. “I have a feeling that things may go well. Going to the Olympics is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

The Rio Games will be his first Olympics. Kim first represented Korea when he was a senior at Chungbuk Physical Education High School in North Chungcheong. In 2010, he won two gold medals – men’s single and team – at the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China to signal his start.

In 2011, Kim also won two gold medals at World Cup events and everyone thought his spot at the London Summer Games in 2012 was secure.

“Back then, my shots hit the target in every event,” he said. “Many people thought my spot at the Olympics was guaranteed.”

But his early success didn’t help him. Kim admitted that people’s praise of his results made him lose focus and get lazy. His performance started to slip and he eventually finished fourth in qualification for the London Olympics, losing his spot on the national team.

“I was utterly shocked. I felt as if I fell straight to the bottom,” he said. “The failure continued to haunt me.”

It was a slump, according to Kim. At one point, Kim started to think it might end his career.

“Anxiety continued to distress me as I constantly missed the target. As a result, my records started to fall,” he said. “I changed my equipment, but it didn’t help.”

But he didn’t give up. Although he had to leave the Taereung National Training Center, he continued with his training at his club’s practice center.

“I had to increase the amount of my practice,” he said. “I used to shoot 400 to 500 arrows a day at Taereung. Once I was kicked out of there, I began shooting 600 to 700 shots daily. I often got blisters on my hands.”

Kim said his senior teammates helped him to recover. His role model Park Kyung-mo, the 2008 Beijing Olympic gold medalist archer and now coach for the Gongju City Hall archery team, also advised Kim to start anew.

Kim’s hard work began to bear fruit. In 2012 and 2013, Kim only competed in domestic tournaments to improve his condition. In 2014, he returned to competition on the international stage. In 2015, he successfully reclaimed his spot in the national team.

The four years since his failure to qualify for the London Games made Kim prudent and cautious. This was evident as he discussed the Rio Games.

“The reason behind my silence regarding the Olympics is because of my past experience in 2012. I have become more defensive since then,” he said. “I guess I was always a serious person though.”

But Kim said he won’t repeat the same mistake.

His goal to get to the Olympics is set for this year. But Kim wants to stay patient.

“I don’t think failing to enter the national team four years ago was entirely bad for me,” he said. “It was actually a good experience for me in preparing for the upcoming summer games.”

Though he was reluctant to talk about his goal at the Olympics, Kim finally admitted, not surprisingly, that he was aiming for the gold medal.

“To tell the truth, I imagine winning the gold medal at Rio before I go to sleep every night,” he said. “Some say image training helps one’s dream to become reality one day. If I’m qualified for the Olympics, I want to be remembered by the fans and the only way for me to achieve that is by grabbing gold.”

BY PI JOO-YOUNG [choi.hyungjo@joongang.co.kr]

Mauro Nespoli on the Olympics

A great extended interview with Mauro Nespoli of the Italian team, in two parts. It brings up an issue I wasn’t previously aware of: at least some of the competition in Rio will be under artificial light, sunset being around 5.30pm in August. Naturally he and the rest of the Italian squad are training accordingly.

If there’s an Italian archer out there who can translate, I think the English-speaking archery world would be your friend.  But if you don’t speak Italian, Google Chrome auto-translate is your friend. Or the Google Translate add-on for Firefox. Or whatever they do on Safari. Oh, you’re still using Internet Explorer? Just get out.

Read it here:

https://azzurridigloria.com/2016/04/10/mauro-nespoli-le-emozioni-di-pechino-e-la-finale-al-cardiopalma-di-londra-vi-racconto-le-mie-olimpiadi/

https://azzurridigloria.com/2016/04/11/intervista-mauro-nespoli-olimpiadi-rio-2016/

“…we are at the Sambodromo, which is closed on both sides and you will not see big wind. But the unfavorable conditions are given by the early darkness; we are not used to competing under artificial light , and we’ve found a number of problems in this sense. The artificial lights create a series of problems and references to the viewfinder while shooting, this has bothered me a lot in that race, and then I carried on through the winter training with artificial light or in the dark in order to understand how they change the feelings, grasp the nuances and not get caught unprepared, understanding if the perceived through sight is real or a dangerous game of shadows… “

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