You know, if you look at pictures of Olympic events from past years, there’s a certain comfortable continuity. The tools of the sport – swimming pools, hurdles – look pretty much the same…
Except, what the frick are those guys using in the archery event? Those gizmos look like Inspector Gadget teamed up on a science project with Rube Goldberg!
Robin Hood managed to become legendary with a hand-crafted yew bow, and if he landed at the archery event in Beijing today, he wouldn’t have a clue what was going on.
Then again, with his criminal record and his issues with authority, I guess Robin would have more to worry about than the shape of longbows.
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left: Yun Ok-hee of South Korea at Beijing Olympic Games, August 10, 2008.
right: Sky Kim Ha-neul of Australia at Beijing Olympic Games, August 9, 2008.
REUTERS photos by Ruben Sprich
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