Olympics

What is the Distance in Olympic Archery?

[Updated on 1 September 2021] I am one of those folks that spend time watching Archery competitions more than any other sports during the Olympics. The sport was introduced to the Olympics is 1900 but after 1920 it was excluded from the Olympics until 1972 (52 years). Olympic archery target distance is determined by the World Archery Federation, which is the recognized governing body for all archery and Olympic rules. Generally, in target archery, athletes shoot at stationary targets at varying distances, using bows such as recurves, barebow, compound, and longbow.  An archer can either be a junior (archer under 18 years) or a senior. Distance in Olympic Archery One question many people interested in Olympic archery ask is “how far is an Olympic target”. The appropriate Olympic archery target distance is 77 yards or 70 m away from the athlete. These circular targets are sometimes called butts and are…

How Big are Olympic Archery Target?

[Updated on 1 September 2021] Forget about the green water in the swimming pools during the Rio Olympics, the archery competition is where all the action was.  During the Olympics archers from all over the world compete for individual and team medals in a competition that can last for 8 days. The Olympic archery target size is much bigger than the other targets used in other international archery competitions. In fact, some competitions do not use the round-faced target at all. Overview Archery has been around for nearly 10,000 years when early humans used bows and arrows in hunting and warfare before it became a competitive sport in medieval England. There are many variants of archery, for example, target archery, where competitors shoot at stationary archery targets on a flat range. Field archery has targets that are typically unknown distances away on uneven terrain includes woodland areas. Only target archery…

Making the U.S. Olympic Archery Team

The Olympic archery team is a highly competitive process. The Olympics are a multi-sport event that takes place every 4 years, and the Olympic archery team only has 3 spots available. If you want to be on the archery team, it all starts with preparation! Let’s start by looking at how countries qualify for the Olympics. Each country can be eligible for 1 or 3 spots in the men’s and women’s recurve division. The World Archery Championships is the qualifying event for the Olympic Games. The top 8 teams from each country in the World Championships recurve team rounds will qualify an entire team of 3 men and 3 women for the Olympics. If either team fails to qualify for three team sports, individual spots are available (one per gender) and additional qualifying opportunities before the Olympic Games. U.S. Olympic Archery Team As part of an annual selection process, USA…

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