I, Tonya Can Shoot A Bow Too. Not Just Skate.

The infamous Tonya Harding was an Olympic talent in figure skating in the early 1990s, but did you know she’s also talented with the bow and arrow?

Tonya Harding will forever be associated with Nancy Kerrigan’s painful cries of “Why? Why?” after she was attacked in January 1994 six weeks before the Olympics. But what else do we know about Tonya? The award-winning biopic “I, Tonya” delves into Harding’s life to offer a different perspective on the police-baton assault by an assailant hired by her ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly.

In a recent New York Times article, the former Olympian – who is remarried and prefers to be called “Tonya Price” – said she has some serious archery skills. The Times article explores her life, which includes bowhunting. The article said she and her husband often hunt together, just as she once did with her father.

Her husband, however, hunts with a muzzleloading rifle. She said she prefers bowhunting because she wants “to give the animal a 50-50 chance, to make it interesting and fair.” The article notes that she might not have another choice. Felons aren’t allowed to possess guns in Washington state.

Years after the scandal, Price is trying to cultivate a normal, healthy lifestyle with her husband, which includes bowhunting and fishing.  Photo Credit: CBS8.com

How good is she at archery? Price told the Times’ reporter she has shot no fewer than eight “Robin Hoods,” which means shooting an arrow that splits another arrow already in a bull’s-eye. She said she made those shots at 30 yards.

That goes to show that archery can be enjoyed by all, including former world-class figure skaters. Besides touting her archery skills in the Times article, Price claims those talents don’t compare to her fishing skills, but she didn’t want to elaborate. Why? Because some people think eating carrots involves killing, she said.

The “I, Tonya” biopic has reignited interest in Price’s decades-old icy feud with Kerrigan, and the details of a disgraced skater’s life. But years after the scandal, Price is trying to cultivate a normal, healthy lifestyle with her husband, which includes bowhunting and fishing. That isn’t surprising, given how sports can focus a person’s energy into constructive recreation. In Price’s case, drawing a bow and arrow might be as therapeutic as strapping on skates and competing on ice.

If the Tonya Harding story and her newfound skills make you want to test your archery skills, visit your local archery shop. Maybe you can hit eight Robin Hoods, too.

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Fashion For Archery: Justin Timberlake and Kim Kardashian

Super Bowl halftime shows are usually about shock and awe, and this year’s performance was no exception. Singer Justin Timberlake rocked Super Bowl LII in a camouflage suit.

The reaction to his outfit was mixed. Many outdoor lovers applauded the singer for his unexpected fashion choice, while others attacked his bold statement. In fact, his suit instantly became meme material.

The camo suit – paired with a red bandana and shirt featuring three red deer stags – was likely inspired by Timberlake’s recent album, “Man of the Woods.” And it isn’t just another camo suit. It was created by English fashion designer Stella McCartney. According to McCartney’s Instagram, the suit previews her autumn/winter 2018 fashion line. Does that mean we’re in store for more high-end camo?

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Justin Timberlake performed at the Super Bowl LII halftime show in amazing fashion. Camouflage to be exact. Photo Credit: CNN

Timberlake, of course, isn’t the first fashion-forward star to wear bold clothes or sport camo. With latex dresses, clear-plastic boots and all-sheer everything, trendsetter Kim Kardashian West is all about brave wardrobe choices.

She even made a fashion choice recently that we definitely support. Kardashian West was spotted in January sporting camouflage pants. No, she wasn’t in the woods or at the archery range. According to Vogue – aka the fashion bible – Kardashian West was out in Los Angeles with sisters Kourtney and Khloe.

Kardashian West is just one of several celebrities spotted wearing camouflage in recent months. That list includes Rihanna, Bella Hadid and Gwen Stefani, and you can see some of their outfits here.

Hunters wear camouflage to blend into their surroundings, of course, but in the fashion world, camo prints are all about standing out. Inspired by camouflage’s popularity, entertainment outlets showcased camo prints as a 2017 fall fashion must-have. But camo actually started its push into pop culture when it was featured on runways in Spring 2017. With all that buzz, several designers added camo pieces to their collections.

Camo clothing is popping up everywhere from big box stores to high-end designers. Kardashian West’s $275 fitted trackpants are part of her husband Kanye West’s Yeezy clothing line. His line also includes this camouflage jacket.

Popular designer Michael Kors also uses camo in many pieces. His line has featured several camo wallets, purses and backpacks. He also added a creative take on traditional camo with “Floraflage” a feminine print that mixes a floral print and camouflage.

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Kardashian West is just one of several celebrities spotted wearing camouflage in recent months. That list includes Rihanna, Bella Hadid and Gwen Stefani. Photo Credit: backgrid.com

Camouflage isn’t just for high-end consumers. Department stores make camo accessible to everyone. A quick search at Target reveals dozens of camo clothing options.

Forever 21, a popular company known for affordable pricing, offers camo in a huge range of clothing. That selection includes everything from dresses to jackets to thigh-high boots.

This military-inspired, hunter-adapted trend can be worn many ways. From casual to classy, camouflage seems to have no boundaries regarding when and where to wear it. Camo pants and jackets are incredibly popular, and are often paired with combat-style boots. However, some take a more upscale approach, wearing the trend in blazers and dresses.

With camo’s surge into pop culture, fashion blogs dedicated to the trend are popping up across the internet with inspirational ideas. As a new year begins and trends shift, fashion experts are saying camouflage is here to stay.

Of course, camo has long been part of bowhunting. Just visit your local archery shop, and you’ll find these trendy prints on bows, arrows, clothing and archery accessories. If you’re interested in rocking the camouflage trend beyond the woods, here are some ways to stay on-trend with 2018 styles.

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Midseason TV Comeback: Arrow

With the holidays’ excitement long past, it’s time to return to our normal routines. For archery lovers that means submerging ourselves in TV shows featuring characters who shoot bows and arrows.

Let’s start by watching Oliver Queen draw up drama, trick shots and family bonding in The CW’s “Arrow.”

The show’s winter hiatus ended with Dinah, Curtis and Renee leaving Team Arrow. The plot is notorious for dramatic cliffhangers that get resolved an episode or two later, so we’ll see if this threat holds up. It’s already gone two episodes without disturbance, however, so that might be how the season finishes. The two teams seem to be functioning well on their own, but when their paths cross it has a rival-teenage-cliques vibe to it.

Felicity talks one-on-one with William to explain why his dad does what he does. Photo Credit: CW

Oliver Queen is still going strong; kicking bad-guy booty one arrow at a time. Not everyone is happy about it, though. Oliver’s son, William, is frustrated with his dad for lying to him about giving up the Green Arrow persona. Oliver had to rescue him and his classmates from a crumbling tunnel while under cover as the vigilante, which created distance between them.

It seems that William’s resistance to Green Arrow is setting up a plot progression in which William becomes another bow-and-arrow-armed crusader. Oliver, meanwhile, lives with the guilt that being the vigilante might cause more harm than good. Plus, if he hangs up his hat, somebody must take over. If so, why not his own flesh and blood?

Felicity talks one-on-one with William to explain why his dad does what he does. The look on William’s face shows that he’s beginning to understand, and might accept the fact that he can’t change his father. They watch Oliver fight over the webcam, and we see some classic Green Arrow quick shots. We even see Oliver take out a bad guy by using an arrow much like a spear.

It would be neat to see Oliver giving William archery lessons this season. Imagine Oliver creating a target course in the layer and trying to teach William a bunch of complex trick moves. Photo Credit: CW

The shots appear more crisp and skilled with the recurve bow they brought back this season. When the fight ends, and Team Arrow has clearly won, William concedes his dad is “badass.” The Red Arrow name is already taken, but maybe William could become the Blue Arrow.

It would be neat to see Oliver giving William archery lessons this season. Imagine Oliver creating a target course in the layer, trying to teach William a bunch of complex trick moves and, when William just stares at him, finally realizing he should just start with the basics. Now that would make for great entertainment!

It’s fun to get lost in the world of a TV show. It’s even more fun when that world contains something you’re already passionate about: archery. Watching “Arrow” is a great way to plunge into the world of archery through a fantasy setting.

If this show spurs you to test your skills, visit your local archery shop and see if you’re Oliver Queen material.

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“Avengers: Infinity War” Brings Archery Back to Big Screen

“Avengers: Infinity War” is the most anticipated movie of the year.  The trailer, released last month, has been viewed more than 116 million times. “Avengers: Infinity War” brings all the Marvel superheroes together – seriously – So. Many. Superheroes. It’s been reported, there are 40 superheroes in one scene! In just the two-minute trailer alone we see: the Guardians of the Galaxy, Spiderman, Thor, the Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man and more. But there is one superhero that is obviously missing from the trailer, archery superstar Hawkeye.

Hawkeye, played by Jeremy Renner, has made appearances in the two previous Avengers films. He was last spotted picking up his bow in “Captain America: Civil War.” Fans have been vocally disappointed with Hawkeye’s absence in the new trailer, and we’re left wondering: What does this mean for the future of archery in the Avengers’ franchise?

Hawkeye was first spotted making a brief cameo in 2011’s “Thor” but he really burst onto the superhero scene in 2012’s “The Avengers.” Since then, he’s appeared in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Captain America: Civil War.” His archery skills have helped saved the world and put the sport in the spotlight, but Renner’s technique has also famously been criticized. In fact, Hawkeye has been called the “world’s worst archer.” Despite his less-than-perfect technique, millions of fans have enjoyed watching Hawkeye’s rapid-fire shooting and mid-air shots. Many have also been extremely disappointed in the lack of character development he’s been given by the franchise.

Even though he’s not pictured in the “Avengers: Infinity War” trailer, we know Hawkeye will be in the upcoming movie, but there are a number of different theories about what his role will look like. In the last Avengers’ movie, “Age of Ultron,” Hawkeye retired to his farm to spend time with his wife and three kids. But when duty came calling, in the form of stars and stripes, he reappeared in “Captain America: Civil War,” where he teamed up with Captain America, Ant-Man and The Falcon.

The newest film, “Avengers: Infinity War” is the culmination of a decade of work and 18 films. It’s set to be the biggest battle any of these superheroes have ever seen. In the film, the Avengers will take on Thanos, one of the biggest enemies in the universe (previously featured in both Guardians of the Galaxy films).

Renner has been doing press for the upcoming Avengers movie. In the past, he has been outspoken about his disappointed about his character’s role in the first Avengers, and despite his curious absence from the trailer, he assures Hawkeye fans not to worry. In an interview with the South China Morning Post he’s quoted as saying, “We’re doing a lot of really wondrous things that I’ve always wanted to do with this character. I think everyone will be very pleased when they find out what happens.”

A picture of Renner with a new haircut is adding to the buzz that his character may be undergoing a major change. Photo Credit: wegotthiscovered.com

Renner’s excitement should have archery fans breathing a sigh of relief for the future of archery in the Avengers franchise, or should it? Fan theories are running wild that Hawkeye will soon swap his bow, for a sword! (Archers everywhere are crying.) The rumor mill thinks Hawkeye will soon take on the role of Ronin, a Marvel character that is a samurai. A fourth Avengers film will be released in 2019, and Renner has confirmed he’s been on set shooting. However, a picture of Renner with a new haircut is adding to the buzz that his character may be undergoing a major change. You can read more about that theory here.

The future of archery in the Avengers franchise may be uncertain right now but fans expect they’ll see at least a little more archery before Hawkeye potentially makes a major character transition. If that’s the case, we’ll be interested to see what kind of gear the archer uses this time around. Hawkeye has upgraded his equipment in the past, most recently shooting a Hoyt Game Master II recurve bow.

What kind of role will archery play in the biggest movie of the year? Will the movie hit a bullseye with archery fans, or will it miss the mark altogether? We’ll find out soon. “Avengers: Infinity War” is scheduled to begin its international release on April 25, 2018. It will be released in the U.S. on May 4, 2018.

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Dear Disney, Please Fix This Horrible Photo of Hawkeye

Disney Cruise Lines is known for its immersive experiences, where vacationers get to hang out with their favorite characters. Disney is expanding its character appearances on its ships to include Marvel characters like our beloved expert marksman Hawkeye. It sounds great, right? Well – there’s one problem. Disney’s promotional team royally messed up the logistics of the archery in Hawkeye’s photo.

Disney’s Public Relations Manager Jonathan Frontado posted the error-filled photo on Disney’s official blog. All he wanted to do was promote the Disney Cruise Line’s superhero extravaganza “Marvel Day at Sea,” but instead presented a photo that would make any archer do a double-take. Hawkeye has been featured as part of the Avengers for years, and we love seeing his archery skills on the big screen. Hawkeye is supposed to be the greatest marksman the world has ever seen, but it’s hard to grasp that concept when you see the cruise line actor holding the bow in all the wrong ways.

Orlando Weekly writes, “I don’t know much about archery other than what I was taught at summer camp, but I do know that you don’t fire an arrow from between your fingers…or from the wrong side of the bow.” Give yourself more credit, dear author, you know more about archery than you think.

Hawkeye is supposed to be the greatest marksman the world has ever seen, but it’s hard to grasp that concept when you see the cruise line actor holding the bow in all the wrong ways. Photo Credit: Orlando Weekly

We spotted a few things wrong with the photo, so we’ll break it down one by one:

Putting the arrow between your fingers is a sure-fire way to land yourself a trip to the E.R. When you release the shot, the force of the arrow sliding across your fingers will likely cause damage. Not even an Avenger can fix a severed finger.

The actor is holding the bow awkwardly. The natural rest of where the arrow should sit is located on the side of the archer’s bow arm, or in this case, the right side of the bow. Fake Hawkeye wouldn’t have to put the arrow between his fingers on the left side of the bow if he used the actual bow’s shelf correctly. At least he has his draw hand correct?…

Psyche! There’s a problem with that, too. Even the world’s best archer can’t aim properly with the bow held that low. It’s not even remotely close to eye level and doesn’t use an anchor point, which is typically the corner of your mouth or below your chin. If you shot from that position, you wouldn’t have the slightest clue of where that arrow could end up. How are you supposed to be a productive member of the Avengers like that, Fake Hawkeye? We can only hope they were going for a “mid-draw” action shot in this scenario.

We love Marvel and we love Hawkeye – so Disney, please teach your actors how to properly shoot a bow. Have them take a basic crash course with Jeremy Renner or an archery instructor. We wouldn’t want any impressionable young children thinking that what’s presented in the photo is how they should shoot at the archery range. Archery is a great sport, and we’re glad there’s a superhero that represents the craft. But it should be about safety first, even on a Disney Cruise.

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