Only Two days till the Opening Ceremonies
The short distances of the first round are done. The temps were much more comfortable than the first day, downright pleasant with only the slightest breath of wind cooling but not deflecting. The afternoon line (male recurve/female compound) had slightly more wind, and some of the guys were heard griping – (sigh)….But the winds were little of concern to the more mature female compounders, I guess.
A point: I suspected this yesterday, but decided to make sure by double-checking it today before I posted anything. No offense meant, ok? First, the youth archers cleaned the clocks of the adults, with regard to finishing up their shooting first. They were simply faster in the entire process. Second, (and the reason Number 1 is true), I checked *every* dang end today – and that is 24 ends of shooting. And in each and every end, the women recurves were all back in the tents, arrows scored, pulled, yadda yadda, well before the men compounders got done adding up their “X, 10, 10″ scores. Of course, the reason the guys can’t get their act together and finish scoring before the women is because they haggle over every line <grin> call. But really, the entire competition hinges on them and their pace. It might be time for the Tourney Organizer to consider separating the shooting of the left and right sides of the field. The women could have been done oh, 30 minutes sooner, if not more. Downright embarrasing, if’n ah was one of the guys down there holding thangs up so bad. And no, it wasn’t because of a bunch of equipment failures or pass-throughs/shot out cores (there were a couple of those, but certainly NOT 24 ends’ worth!)
I have to mention Janice Walth, the “blind” archer – she is not able to see, but uses a sight attached to a tripod to judge her bowhand position, to shoot. She has a remarkable form, shot cycle, and execution that would put many sighted archers to shame. I have some video clips and photos of her, and her husband & coach manages to shoot at the same time as she does. Now, I tried shooting while Lindsey competes, and I just …cannot…do…it. How he is able to focus on what he is doing while she is competing also is a mark of maturity I just cannot claim.
I’ve just finished editing the photos from today – much fewer on the days of short distances – 3-arrow ends just don’t allow me to roam far from Lindsey’s target bale. I’ve added names to a number of frames, and hopefully you will comment with the names and the addresses to photos yet unnamed. They will start uploading NOW, and should be done in an hour or so (around midnight, mountain time). BTW, it is 11pm at this point for those without calculators)
Temps are supposed to be even better (cooler) tomorrow. yay..woo…hoo. BTW, Linds and I took in a movie this pm to relax in a cool and not-bright place. Whatever you do, never, ever, ever, see the movie Pineapple Express. Nuff Said.
I just realized I hear the wwshhheeer sound of wet tires outside the hotel. It is raining so the fields will be nice and WET tomorrow am. yay. Yawn.
A quick check of the software says that 562 photos are being albumized (some are updated w/names photos from Day 1)
An apology to our friends with dialup internet connections. While the thumbnail pages will load in a decent amount of time measured in seconds and minutes, viewing a video clip will take a *long* time – many videos are over a megabyte in size. Sorry about that – mouse click and then go get a bite to eat, I guess.
And in case you were wondering WHY the results are being posted on the site for Texas A&M, it is because Lorinda Cohen has taken on the thankless task of running the tournament, along with assistance from a number of prior conductors including Darrell Pace, Steve Cornell, MJ and Marihelen Rogers, Tara Robey, Bill Coady (also of TAMU), and many others. Since Lorinda is an Aggie, we don’t require her to know more than one website’s ddress and the TAMU address has fewer letters than the USA Archery’s website – so there you go! Here are the results so far.