Jennifer Lawrence made archery look so sexy and easy on Hunger Games. There was a resounding effect on people was after they left the theater. In a world where imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Jennifer must be very flattered. Her character Katniss Everdeen's use of her bow and arrow captivated audiences and Olympic archers are hoping that interests will still be there during the 2012 archery competitions.
Competing Olympic archer Jennifer Nichols said, "I think it has translated to more involvement, especially for young girls. I think it has opened up a sport that may not have even considered before until they saw a young woman on the screen or in the book and thought about it for the first time. And I'm hoping that they realize that it's something that would be really fun and that girls can actually be really good at it. I think we have yet to see the fruit of all of that since the movie is so young. We haven't seen as much yet. But we're hearing, especially with the junior clubs, that they're having an explosion in attendance."
However, fans of the movie are interested in what effect Lawrence's character had on Nichols. She is routinely asked about Everdeen.
Nichols said, "Some of them just ask if I'm able to relate with Katniss, if she was my inspiration. But this started way before Katniss was involved for me. I say a little bit. It's just I don't shoot anything that's alive. I aim at a colorful target and that's it."
Thankfully, Hunger Games and Jennifer Lawrence have peaked interest in young girls. Hopefully, real life archery will reap the benefits of that interest. Getting involved in any sport is important for the self esteem of young girls.
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