'Anti-Archer' Aims for Athens Games '04 Olympic hopeful Chris Shull is an extreme sport enthusiast who shatters the stereotype of the calm, placid archer. He has an outgoing, hyper-competitive personality, well suited to archery's current head-to-head match play format. NPR's Tom Goldman reports.
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'Anti-Archer' Aims for Athens Games '04

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'Anti-Archer' Aims for Athens Games '04

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Chris Shull Shakes Up Sport Once Thought Too Dull for Olympics

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With the Athens summer Olympics less than five months away, there's a growing sense of urgency about construction delays in Greece and mounting security challenges. But for thousands of athletes, the only timetables that matter are the training schedules that build in intensity as the August games approach. In the first of a series, NPR's Tom Goldman profiles one of those athletes. At 24, Chris Shull is the fourth-ranked archer in the United States, and he's bringing a new vibe to a sport that was once almost dropped from the Olympics.