FUN ARCHERY FACTS

  • An upshot is the final arrow shot in an archery competition.
  • Until 2012, the Asian nation of Bhutan was represented only by archers at the Olympics.
  • The Olympic Cauldron was lit at the 1992 Barcelona Games by a Paralympic archer shooting a burning arrow.
  • Archers are also known as toxophilites.
  • When an arrow hits another arrow dead on and splits it or becomes embedded in it, it's called a "Robin Hood"¯.
  • Arrows shot at the Olympics fly more than 200 miles per hour.
  • The 3 vanes of fletching on the end of an arrow are also known as the cock. If the arrow is notched on the string the wrong way, it is a cock-up.
  • Galen Carter Spencer was an American who competed in archery at the 1904 Summer Olympics. He won the gold medal in the team competition. He was born September 19, 1840, and competed on September 19, 1904, which means he competed on his 64th birthday.
  • In 1908, British archery winner Sybil “Queenie” Newall became the oldest woman ever to win an individual Olympic gold medal, she was aged 53 years, 275 days.
  • The oldest woman to compete in the Olympics was British rider Lorna Johnstone, who participated in Equestrian at the 1972 Olympic Games at 70 years and 5 days old.
  • Since 1896 there have been 121 athletes over the age of 50 who have won 183 medals in the Olympics.
  • At 63, Eliza Pollock became the oldest female medalist in Olympic history when she won a gold medal and two bronze medals in archery in the 1904 Olympic Games.
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