London: All the way from Errol Flynn to Kevin Costner, Hollywood has always been all a-quiver about Robin Hood and his trusty bow and arrow. Now the heroine of a science fiction romp has made archery a cool sport again. Thanks to The Hunger Games, teenagers are queuing up to try their hand and, with the huge media hype, the Olympics are helping to bring archery out of the shadows even more.
America's world number one Brady Ellison, whose American team lost a nail-biting Olympic final to Italy, said: "One of the great things about the Olympics is that it brings a lot of the smaller sports into the limelight every four years. It's a lot more popular right now. Let's hope it stays that way."
The Hunger Games, with Jennifer Lawrence as the feisty heroine with the deadly bow and arrow, was a box office smash when it came out in March. It was then followed by the Disney Pixar animated movie Brave with yet another bow-wielding heroine to give the sport a further boost. "I do feel like this year that with all the movies and stuff that has come out, especially in the States, we are getting a lot more recognition for the sport," Ellison added.
USA Archery reports that its membership has grown by almost 20 percent since last year with its youth division now the largest. Its website is being bombarded with queries from would-be William Tells. On Facebook and Twitter it
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London: Robin Hood's true identity has long been a mystery. But, now a new book has claimed that the medieval outlaw could very likely have been a yeoman farmer - named Roger Godberd. Hood, who robbed the rich to give to the poor, was even captured by the Sheriff of Nottingham, according to the book, which cites documents. Author David Baldwin believes he has unmasked the outlaw after decades researching...
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