Behold the athlete who trained Katniss, dressed as Katniss.
The woman in the pictures is Khatuna Lorig, the Olympic athlete who taught Jennifer Lawrence how to handle a bow for her role as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games. Lorig recently completed the bow and arrow competitions at this year’s summer Olympics and posed yesterday for a picture of herself decked out as Katniss, complete with a mockingjay pin.
Throughout her career, Lorig has competed in the Olympics for three countries: U.S.S.R., Georgia, and most recently the U.S. She’s taken a bronze medal in the past but narrowly missed out on the bronze during the current games. (She did hit a “perfect 10″ according to The Washington Post.)
She’s also happy with how much more attention archery has received since Katniss-fever took off.
“We have a great sport, a unique sport, and it deserves this recognition. Hollywood is bringing archery out to the open more, and a lot of kids are loving it. I think it will be great if more kids start the sport, keep them off the street.”
We think Khatuna Lorig is our new hero.
Stubby the Rocket is the voice and mascot of Tor.com. Stubby is faster than a Katniss and Khatuna at running, but not faster than their arrows.