U.S. Archers head to Turkey in search of two more Olympic spots

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A full team of U.S. archers is heading to Turkey this week for Stage 3 of the 2016 World Cup, June 14-19, but all eyes will be on the women’s recurve competitors – Mackenzie Brown, Hye Youn Park and Khatuna Lorig.

The three must win a team medal in order for the U.S. to qualify to send a full team of three women to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August. Currently, only Brown is guaranteed a shot at Olympic glory.

Mackenzie Brown

Mackenzie Brown

If the women finish first, second or third in Turkey, then Park Lorig – a six-time Olympian – will be allowed to join Brown in Rio.

Khatuna Lorig

Khatuna Lorig

Those three women finished first, second and third after the final stage of U.S. Olympic trials May 30 in Florida.

In competition last year, the men earned the right to send three archers to the Olympics. Qualifying for those spots in Florida were Brady Ellison, who will represent the U.S. for a third time at the Olympics, Jake Kaminski, who shot in the 2012 London Olympics, and first-timer Zach Garrett.

Olympic archer Khatuna Lorig punctures a tire with an arrow in Bridgestone commercial

Archery is finding its way into all kinds of television and movie moments these days. The latest is a Bridgestone Tire commercial, featuring five-time Olympic archer, Khatuna Lorig.

For those of us who are archery fanatics, it’s fun to see and hear the general population talk about our game. Frequently, there are errors that we catch immediately. The Bridgestone commercial is no different.

Here, you will see Khatuna shooting a typical Olympic recurve setup at a DriveGuard Tire, that’s supposed to be able to travel up to 50 miles with a puncture in it.

Every part of Khatuna’s archery rig is blacked out, with no labels, so it’s difficult to tell exactly what bow she is shooting, and what stabilizers and sight she has on the bow.

She shoots a blacked out, carbon arrow, fitted with a target point in the end. The point is shaped like a bullet, and the only sharp spot is the very tip.

But the commentator in the commercial reports Khatuna causes the tire a “puncture from a razor-sharp arrow.” That description is more fitting of a broadhead, than a target point. But hey, who’s gonna know the difference?

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