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September 12, 2000
My hero, GenghisGreg Buckle
Eccentric Australian Olympic archer Scott Hunter-Russell will not draw on Genghis Khan for inspiration at the Sydney Games despite what his official biography says.
Hunter-Russell listed Genghis, whose conquering hordes caused terror from Beijing to Budapest 800 years ago, as the most influential person in his career.
"No reason, he just is," the biography says.
Hunter-Russell, 40th in the individual event and a member of Australia's winning team at the 1999 world indoor championships in Cuba, told reporters on Tuesday he had made the Genghis reference "to throw a spanner in the works".
The 30-year-old, whose interests include surfing and body-piercing, lists boxing promoter Don King as the person he admires most "because he's good guy" and has made some wild statements about possible medal dais celebrations.
"What wouldn't I do? You never know, I could smash my bow like the end of a major heavy metal gig, I could drop my pants and expose some Australian boxers (shorts) on the podium, who knows?" he said.
Asked if there were more parts of his body pierced than just his left ear, he said: "Yes, there is, I'll leave it to your imagination."
Hunter-Russell said his listed pre-event ritual of sacrificing a chicken to the gods while dancing naked around a campfire was also untrue.
"It's pretty hard to get hold of a chicken now," he said, tongue-in-cheek.
He said windy conditions at the Olympic archery were drawing worried looks from international rivals but would not trouble the Australians as much.
"The wind out there is pretty strong," he said.
"We've sort of accepted it. It's good to see other teams come in and see the stress on their faces."
Asked what would be too windy for competition, he said: "Not until the grandstand is getting blown over, then we get ushered away."
"Hopefully it won't get up to that (70 kph), but if it does, we're all out of there."
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