#OlympicsDidYouKnow Although archery was seen as an important skill to have for use in battle it was never included in the Olympic Games which valued physical strength and prowess over skill.
One of the most famed archers of Greek mythology was the hero Philoctetes who played a major role in the Trojan War. Legend says that he inherited Herakles' bow and arrows and thus became a skilled archer himself. After a seer predicted that the city of Troy could only be taken by the aid of Herakles' bow and arrows, heroes Neoptolemus and Odysseus attempted to recruit him to join the war. It was only after Herakles intervened to confirm the prophecy and promise that he would be healed as a reward, does he agree to join them. Philoctetes became a strong ally in battle, helping to sack the city after gaining entrance through the Trojan Horse. His act of defeating Paris, prince of Troy, lead to the end of the Trojan War and thus fulfilled the prophecy.
Archery was added to the modern Olympics in 1900. After years of instability and a 52 year absence it has now been a fixture of the Olympics since 1972. This year South Korea won the gold medals for all four of the archery events.
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