Saturday, June 28, 2008

Korea’s National Archery Team Adopts New Training Method

For the past 20 years Korea has been seen as one of the top competitors in the sport of archery. And to keep this title the Korean national archery team is taking its training methods to a whole new level
The athletes are using simulation training to stay in tip-top shape for the upcoming 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. This approach allows for athletes to re-enact real situations similar to the ones they will be facing in a few months time with a manufactured audience and recorded crowd sounds.
At the Korea National Training Center in Taeneung, Seoul, the only national training village for athletes in Korea, archers say the simulation training method is proving to be quite beneficial.
Although the Chinese athletes have a homeground advantage, with this innovative training method Korean archers say they are confident that Korea will be able to maintain its top position in the field.

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Friday, June 13, 2008

Youth Olympic Games ( YOG )

In the summer 2010 the IOC will organize the first Youth Olympic Games (YOG). The objective is to get together about 3500 young and talented athletes aged between 14 and 18 years old.

Most of the Summer International Federations are involved in the 2010 edition of the YOG. As it is the case for the Olympic Games, winter editions of the YOG will also take place, based on the same format of the Olympics.

FITA has been among the first International Federation to react to the IOC call. An Ad Hoc commission has been created and the collaboration with the IOC Sports Department is important.

With the goal to present an attractive competition format for a limited number of athletes, FITA is proposing a five days competition with 32 boys and 32 girls participating. A ranking round at 70m will take place on the first day, with eliminations and Olympic Round Finals on days 3, 4 and 5. The second day will be dedicated to a mixed team competition, 1 girl and 1 boy, in match format (1/8, 1/4, 1/2, bronze and gold).

The IOC also wishes young officials and young technical experts to take part in the competitions. FITA would like to propose 13 International Judges, acting under the responsibility of the Judges Committee: seven judges being under 42 years old and six being between 18 and 25 years old. These judges would be specially trained for this event and would be a good asset for the future of our sport.

The IOC wishes the Youth Olympic Games to be a return to the origin of the Olympic Games spirit. The Cultural and Sportive dimension of the Games will be important as well as the image of Fair-Play.

The Archery Family understands the importance of such an event for the future of our sport. The goal of this page is to keep everybody informed about this new and exciting project.

Thierry ZINTZ
Chairman YOG Ad Hoc Committee

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VVC teacher dies after freak archery accident

- June 12, 2008 - 6:22PM
By BEATRIZ E. VALENZUELA - staff writer

SPRING VALLEY LAKE An assistant professor at Victor Valley College died Thursday following a freak accident when an archery bow broke, penetrating his head, officials said.
When the compound bow broke, a 14-inch portion lodged in Robert Feddersen’s head, according to his friend and colleague Paul Tonning. The accident happened Monday afternoon at Feddersen’s Spring Valley Lake home.
Feddersen, 36, was transported to Loma Linda University Medical Center, according to San Bernardino County Fire Department officials. There he underwent surgery to remove the broken bow.
“The family had to make a decision to either leave the rod in place, which would have meant very little chance for Robert’s survival, or operate and remove it, which meant he would have the chance of severe hemorrhaging,” said Tonning’s blog. “It was not an easy decision to say the least, but the family opted for surgery.”
Feddersen took a turn for the worse and died on Thursday, according to Bill Greulich, spokesman for the college.
“It’s just a terrible loss,” Gruelich said. “I’m saddened by the news and feel for his family and friends.”
Tonning has known Feddersen for 10 years when Feddersen was a student in Tonning’s class.
“He’s very compassionate and very passionate about his job and about his teaching,” said an emotional Tonning.
Fellow professor Shane Thomas, who along with Feddersen and Tonning were known as the Three Amigos, also felt a great loss at Feddersen’s death.
“He’s a really good friend,” Thomas said. “He’s the kind of guy who would drop whatever he’s doing to help anyone.”

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