Katniss is amazing with a bow and Jennifer Lawrence needed to live up to those high standards in The Hunger Games film. In order to portray the archery skills faithfully, she learned from one of the best – an Olympic medalist.
Chula Vista, CA – Khatuna Lorig (CA), a four-time Olympian and team bronze medalist, is a season archery competitor: she’s a 2012 hopeful shooting for her fifth Olympic Team berth. In her first Olympic Games for the U.S., she achieved the country’s highest individual finish in Beijing – fifth place. Lorig served as the closing ceremonies flagbearer in 2008, and remains focused on London.
What many don’t know is that Lorig is also a certified Level II archery instructor, and loves to work with beginning archers and new instructors. She did a two-day seminar to rave reviews at a JOAD club in Connecticut last fall, and began teaching instructor courses as part of a USO program, which has taken her to Alaska, Korea and Japan in recent months.
Nothing, however, could have prepared her for her favorite recent coaching assignment: teaching “The Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence how to shoot. “It was my pleasure to coach her,” Lorig said. “She’s a hardworking girl and has an awesome personality.” Lawrence, in turn, put those skills to good work in her role as Katniss Everdeen, the lead character in “The Hunger Games,” based on the 2008 novel by Suzanne Collins.
Publications such as Entertainment Weekly and Hollywood.com have alluded to the coaching sessions, noting that Lawrence was coached by a four-time Olympian from the Los Angeles area. However, Lawrence herself credits Lorig in a recent interview with Glamour magazine: “she shot about 100 arrows a day on an Olympic style bow,” reported the publication. “Her technique was great!”