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Olympic eyewear: What color works best?

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  1. Joe Potosky

    Joe Potosky Well-Known Member

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    Olympic eyewear: What color works best?

    By the Associated Press

    BEIJING (AP) -- While the focus has been on the effect Beijing's polluted air could have on the health of Olympians, a bigger concern in the trap and skeet competition is locating the flying targets.

    A thick veil of haze often blankets the city and keeps sunshine at bay. Members of the U.S. shotgun team, who competed here in April, say conditions have improved, but they have a plan to combat what they call the "haze."

    All shooters are required to wear glasses for safety, and several Americans said they'll simply change the color of the removable lenses in their glasses to deal with the smog.

    "You've just got to find a color that works the best," said trap shooter Bret Erickson, a 47-year-old four-time Olympian. "Usually something a little bit lighter or brighter. There's not a lot of light out there. You've got to get as much light in your eyes as you can."

    There are hundreds of different colors of lenses that can be used in competition. Everyone has their favorites. Erickson might go with yellow, others suggested purple and one even likes persimmon - the orange-red hue.

    Women from several countries practicing Thursday donned colors such as dark yellow and light orange.

    The point is to make the orange target - speeding through the air at distances up to about 250 feet in the trap competition - stand out better. The shooting range in the lowered, bowl-like venue is much clearer than the mountains in the distance, which are obscured by the smog.

    While the smog is definitely an obstacle, Erickson said the background at the venue is one of the best he's seen. It's a completely green area, with light green grass blending almost seamlessly into a deep green hillside covered in trees.

    "It compensates for the haze quite a bit," Erickson said. "It's still pretty good ... (but) it will be tough early in the morning."

    U.S. skeet shooter Kimberly Rhode, a three-time Olympic medalist who took gold in 1996 and 2004 in the since-eliminated women's double trap, has prepared for the conditions in Beijing by training in Los Angeles.

    "To me it's a lot like home," Rhode said. "You have smog and stuff like that. There are good days and bad days. When it comes down to it, everybody's on an equal playing field. Everybody's going to have to deal with it."

    That said, the Chinese might be more suited to deal with it than others having trained in these conditions. Rhode thinks the host country will have its own, far more difficult, obstacle.

    "People who live here, obviously the Chinese definitely have a hometown advantage," she said. "And they'll be using it to their full authority. But at the same time I feel like they have a disadvantage to some degree because they have a lot of pressure put on them. Everybody's counting on them. In that respect, we kind of have it easy."

    Rhode downplayed the problems the smog could cause, but did acknowledge this sport, perhaps more than any other, is dependent on visibility.

    "You're going to see it or you're not. That's what it comes down to," she said. "It's very important that you see it. Obviously you want to hit that target and get the gold medal. So it's a big factor."
     
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    I am sure in China and/or Sparta it all depends on a person eys. What might be right for one person may/or may not be right for another. Trail and error will anser the question. - Jim
     
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