Thursday, August 21, 2008
The New York Times reports today that U.S. Olympic archery coach Kisik Lee has been pressuring archery team members to join his evangelical Christian faith.
This advocacy for a religious viewpoint goes against everything that America represents.
The Times reports that Lee’s advocacy has raised concerns in the United States Olympic Committee, and some in the elite archery community feel uncomfortable with his proselytizing.
The mother of a teenage archer who lived at the center said she worried that complaining about it might jeopardize her daughter’s future in the sport.
Coach Lee had the audacity to say that coaching was more of a challenge for him when members of the team did not share his Christian beliefs.
“I don’t want to have any favorites,” he said.
“I would love to be fair for everyone. But sooner or later, if they can see through me God, that’s what I want to try to do. I’m not God, and I can’t drive them to God, but I can pray for them.”
It is plain wrong and plainly un-American to foist one’s viewpoints on another.
Equally distressing, it is simply unethical for any person in a role of authority, such as a coach, to proselytize to young people who are in his charge.
The disreputable actions of Coach Lee in forcing his religion on the Olympic athletes exhibits not only an unethical misuse of his position, but a direct link to cult-like activities spelled out by world renowned UC-Berkeley expert on Mind Control, Dr. Margaret Thaler Singer.
The U.S. Olympic Committee must take action now to stop the unacceptable and un-American behavior of its archery coach.
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- Source : http://www.sanfranciscosentinel.com/?p=15638
Posted by Rıdvan Uzuntaş ; at 7:54 PM
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Paralymic archer warned about practicing in street.
Archer Jeff Fabry, 35, at home in Tulare Monday with his son Joseph, 2, has won many medals and will be heading to Beijing to compete in the Paralympic games. (TERESA DOUGLASS)
But on Monday, he encountered an unexpected hurdle in his way — a Tulare city parks ordinance that police believe may forbid him from practicing at home — with the Paralympics about two weeks away.
Fabry, who lost his right arm and leg in a motorcycle accident in 1988, picked up archery 10 years ago. For the past eight years he has practiced in the driveway of his central Tulare home, sometimes venturing across the street to increase distance.
So when a Tulare police officer told him Monday morning he couldn't practice in his driveway or from across the street directly into his driveway, he and his family were surprised.
"[The officer] said I need to stop shooting because it's against city ordinance and if I continue I could be arrested," said Fabry, who added that intrigued officers even have stopped to watch him practice in the past. "For this to happen is just ridiculous."
He holds numerous titles, both as a Paralympic archer and in the regular archery circuit. He won two bronze medals at the 2004 Paralympics in Athens. He has won three Paralympic World Championships and holds numerous national and state able-bodied archery records.
It's 22 yards from Fabry's target to the end of his driveway, he said. Backing up to the opposite side of the street gives him a 42-yard shot to the target, which is enclosed on three sides in his garage.
"You shoot 70 meters in the competition," Fabry said. That's roughly 78 yards, he said.
Tulare Police Capt. Wes Hensley said the reason Fabry has been able to practice from the street so long is that no one had filed a complaint until Monday, which then required further research. Police did not release the name of the person who filed the complaint.
Tulare ordinance 8.36.170, which Tulare police have referenced in Fabry's matter, states: "No person other than peace officers in the discharge of their duties shall use, maintain, possess, fire, or discharge any firearm, airgun, bow and arrow, sling shot or any other weapon potentially dangerous to wildlife or human safety except in areas, at times and under conditions designated by the Director for such use."
However, the code police referenced is listed as a city park ordinance, so it's unknown how it applies to homes or streets. ("Director" in the code likely refers to the head of the city's park and recreation department.)
On Monday afternoon, Hensley said he doesn't know if Fabry's use of his bow and arrow in his own driveway is against the city ordinance or not.
"I need to get a hold of the city attorney to find out," the police captain said. As of Monday evening the matter had not been decided. A call made by the Advance-Register to city attorney Steve Kabot's office after business hours did not reach the attorney.
Fabry plans to leave Tulare on Aug. 31 for the Olympic Training Center in Colorado before leaving for China.
Fabry's father-in-law, Leon Snow, said Tulare should give Fabry more encouragement and support — as it has for its Olympians from the 1940s and 1950s.
"This town got behind Bob Mathias. They got behind Sim Iness. But my son, who's shooting in the Paralympics, they can't get behind him?" Snow said.
Fabry's neighbor, retired teacher Ron Parr, said he has no problem with Fabry practicing in his own driveway or even from across the street.
"He is the most careful and conscientious person when it comes to his shooting," Parr said. "I am proud to be his neighbor because he is an Olympic champion. It's an honor."
Fabry said the situation may lead to a drastic decision. "If I can't shoot here at my house, I will probably move to another city where I can do my job," he said.
- Source : http://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080819/NEWS01/808190302
Posted by Rıdvan Uzuntaş ; at 2:36 PM
Friday, August 15, 2008
ZHANG (CHN) takes gold to break Korea's 24-year reign
Beijing - 14 August 2008
ZHANG Juan Juan (CHN) broke Korea's 24-year stranglehold on the women's individual event, claiming the gold medal with the last arrow of a riveting final against PARK Sung-Hyun (KOR) at the Olympic Green Archery Field on Thursday.
To win the Olympic title, No. 27 seed ZHANG had to beat all of the top three seeded Korean women, including PARK, the individual gold medallist at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.
ZHANG won the final over PARK 110-109.
In the semi-final, ZHANG took out the No. 1 ranked archer in the world, YUN Ok-Hee, 115-109. ZHANG's score equalled the Olympic record PARK set earlier in the day. In the quarterfinal, she beat JOO Hyung-Jung (KOR) 106-101.
YUN Ok-Hee (KOR) went on to win the bronze medal against KWON Un Sil (PRK) 109-106.
Khatuna LORIG (USA) was fifth, Nami HAYAKAWA (JPN) sixth, JOO seventh and Mariana AVITIA (MEX) eighth.
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Beijing -15 August 2008 ,
In a tightly-contested gold medal match, the No. 3 seed RUBAN defeated the No. 4 seed PARK 113-112.
RUBAN was lucky to have been in the gold medal match having barely made it through the semi-finals. To shoot in the gold medal match, RUBAN had to break a 112-112 tie with Bair BADENOV (RUS) in a two-arrow shoot off.
PARK, who celebrates his birthday today, was also lucky to have been in the gold medal match. He almost didn't make it into the top four, having tied Juan Carlos STEVENS (CUB) in the quarterfinal match 108-108. On a two-arrow shoot off, PARK launched a 10 to break the tie. PARK then beat Juan Rene SERRANO (MEX) in the semi-finals, 115-112.
RUBAN will add his individual gold medal to his team bronze won at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. PARK will add his individual silver medal won in Beijing to his two team gold medals from the Athens Games and the Beijing Games.
In the bronze medal match, the No. 31 seed BADENOV defeated the No. 1 seed SERRANO, 110-105.
Juan Carlos STEVENS was fifth, Ryuichi MORIYA (JPN) sixth, Victor WUNDERLE (USA) seventh and CHENG Chu Sian (MAS) eighth.
Posted by Rıdvan Uzuntaş ; at 7:10 PM
Sunday, August 10, 2008
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