Five-time Olympian and Hollywood archery consultant advances.
Khatuna Lorig – a five-time Olympic archer who taught Jennifer Lawrence in preparation for “The Hunger Games” – advanced Wednesday morning with a 6-0 victory over Sherab Kam of Bhutan and a 6-4 win over Louise Laursen of Denmark. A win in her next match would put her in the quarterfinals.
With the match against Laursen tied at 3, Lorig shot two 10s in a row to take the set and a 5-3 lead. In the final set, she trailed Laursen on her final arrow and needed a 10 to win. And she got it.
Lorig, who was fourth in the earlier ranking round, won a bronze medal in 1992 in Barcelona, competing for the Unified Team. She is from the Republic of Georgia and she was able to compete for her native country in 1996 in Atlanta. In 2000 she competed as Khatuna Lorigi.
She became a U.S. citizen in time for the Beijing Olympics.
Kam was Bhutan’s flag-bearer. Archery is the only sport in which Bhutan has competed in the Olympics.
During a break in the Lorig-Laursen match at Lord’s Cricket Ground, the announcer drew huge cheers from the when he announced that Britain had won its first gold medal in double sculls.
Nichols lost to Bishindee Urangtunga of Mongolia, 6-4. She had won her first match against Chekrovolu Swuro of India.
Baard Nesteng of Norway defeated Wukie, 6-2, in his round-of-16 elimination match. Like Nichols, Wukie won his first match, shutting out Jayanta Talukdar of India.
Miranda Leek was eliminated in the individual competition by Pia Lionetti of Italy, 6-4, Monday morning at Lord’s Cricket Ground
The Iowa teenager won her first elimination match over Kateryna Palekha of Ukraine, 6-2, but Pionetti ended her run.
South Korea added a seventh chapter to one of the most dominant dynasties in the Summer Games with yet another gold medal in the women’s team archery competition.
China, which knocked out the United States in Sunday’s quarterfinals, put the pressure on the defending champions with a total of 55 on its final end. But with the South Koreans needed a 9 to win it on their final arrow, Ki Bo-Bae delivered.
South Korea won the match 210-209 to remain the lone nation to win gold since the women’s team competition was introduced at the 1988 Games.
China put an end to the U.S. women’s archery team’s bid to claim the country’s first medal since 1988.
The American team of Khatuna Lorig, Miranda Leek and Jennifer Nichols couldn’t dig themselves out of an early hole and China’s 59-point total on its final three arrows sealed their path through to the semifinals.
The Chinese outscored the U.S. in three out of four ends to win 218-213.
China will face defending champion South Korea in the gold medal match.
The silver disc weighs nearly a pound but Jake Kaminski certainly wasn’t going to complain about the extra weight tugging at his neck
“I read somewhere that each medal takes 10 hours to make,” said the 23-year old archer. “So it’s awesome to have such an amazing piece of craftsmanship around my neck.”
Kaminski and teammates Brady Ellison and Jacob Wukie won the first Olympic medals for the United States at these Summer Games, taking silver in the men’s archery team event Saturday at the historic Lord’s Cricket Ground. The trio knew before they set foot on the medal stand that they’d managed to win before Ryan Lochte hit the pool or Kobe Bryant hit the basketball court. They hope their good fortunate is contagious.
“Hopefully, it’s good sign for a great games for the U.S.,” Ellison said. “We’re just happy to be the front-runners to help lead the charge.”
The U.S. men’s archery team won the silver medal, the first medal for the Americans. Italy took the gold. We’ll have more soon.
The U.S. men’s archery team upset Korea in a semifinal to advance to the gold medal match against Italy at Lord’s Cricket Ground.
The American team – Jacob Wukie, Brady Ellison and Jake Kaminski — defeated Korea, 224-219. The Koreans, holders of the world and Olympic record in the men’s team event — will face Mexico for the bronze.
The gold medal match was scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. ET.