London 2012 Olympic Archery: When, Where, and Who to Watch! Friday 27 July, 2012

Since the 2012 Summer Olympics are officially “opening” tonight, we thought we’d put together a little guide of sorts for Hunger Games fans who have developed an interest in archery. We know there are a lot of you!

If you know absolutely NOTHING about Olympic archery, we highly recommend this hilarious “Idiots’ Guide to Olympic Archery” featuring comedian Anthony Richardson. For more information on the events, equipment, and terminology, we suggest you consult the “About Archery” page at nbcolympics.com.

WHEN AND WHERE TO WATCH:

If you have a cable or satellite subscription that includes MSNBC and CNBC, you can watch EVERY Olympic event LIVE at nbcolympics.com/liveextra. If you live in the U.S., most of the archery events will be streaming quite early in the morning. Click here to pull up the complete archery schedule online.

If you’d rather watch on TV, here are the days/times/channels for all of the archery events (time is Eastern Time). You can check your local listing by clicking here. All times are subject to change.

Saturday, July 28 – Men’s Team Elimination Round and Final
11:15am – noon, NBC Sports Network
5:45pm – 7pm, NBC Sports Network

Sunday, July 29 – Women’s Team Final
11:45am – 1:20pm, MSNBC *updated*

Monday, July 30 – Women’s Individual Elimination Round
4:30a – 5:00a, NBCSN *updated*
6:00a – 6:30a, NBCSN *updated*

Tuesday, July 31 – Men’s Individual Elimination Round
11:15a – 12:15p, MSNBC *updated*

Wednesday, August 1 – Men’s Individual Elimination Round
2:15pm – 2:45pm, NBC Sports Network

Thursday, August 2 – Women’s Individual Final
9:15am – 9:45am, NBC Sports Network *updated*
11:15am – 11:45am, NBC Sports Network *updated*

Friday, August 3 – Men’s Individual Final
11:15am – noon, NBC Sports Network

WHO TO WATCH:


Brady Ellison – Ellison is currently the world’s top-ranked archer and is favored to win gold. If he does, he’ll be the first American to win gold in an archery event since 1996! He shoots with a pink recurve bow because he’s a big supporter of breast cancer awareness/research, and he apparently killed a bear when he was 11. (Oh yeah, and he recently shot an arrow through a doughnut hole. Let’s face it: This guy is awesome.)


Khatuna Lorig – Lorig’s name might be familiar to you because she was Jennifer Lawrence’s archery trainer. Originally from the Republic of Georgia, Lorig won a bronze medal for Women’s Team Archery at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. She’s already off to a great start this year, having helped the U.S. women’s team advance to second place in the rankings round on Friday morning.


South Korea – South Korea has absolutely dominated Olympic archery since the sport made its debut in 1988. They’ve won gold in the last three Olympic men’s team events and have won every gold medal possible for women’s team archery events. This year, they’ve already set two world records and will likely continue to kick some serious ass. On the men’s side, pay close attention to Im Dong-Hyun, who is legally blind!

If there are any other Olympic archers that you think people should know about (especially competitors from countries other than the U.S. and South Korea), please leave a comment below!

Image source: nbcolympics.com (image of Brady Ellison by Teresa Iaconi)


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