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When You Want to Pretend You’re Olympics-Bound ...

The Olympics will be unavoidable this August, so why not learn a few of the sports you’ll be incessantly watching?

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ARCHERY
Queens Archery’s Al Lizzio says you can master the mechanics of archery (though he won’t guarantee you’ll get close to the bull’s-eye) with your first $17 lesson, which covers an hour on the range with a rented bow. Class times are flexible. 39th Ave. at 171st St., Flushing; 718-461-1756.


CYCLING
On Saturdays, the cycling club at the Kissena Velodrome in Flushing conducts free workouts with loaner fixed-gear bikes. Kissena regular J. P. Partland also organizes Wednesday-night races. Kissena Blvd. nr. Booth Memorial Dr., Flushing; 212-316-1582.


DIVING
Columbia diving coach Gordon Spencer opens up his pool to adults for Saturday lessons ($130). Start on the one-meter board, then jackknife up to the Olympic-height three-meter. Classes begin after Labor Day. Uris Pool, 3030 Broadway, at 116th St.; 212-854-6922.


FENCING
Empire United Fencing, staffed by five former Olympic athletes and coaches, offers 90-minute beginner classes ($30) for adults on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. 145 W. 30th St., nr. Seventh Ave.; 212-594-2118.


GYMNASTICS
Chelsea Piers’ ten- or twenty-class regimens ($190 to $360) include all the basics—rings, ropes, parallel bars, balance beams—plus a strength-building course called Gymtensity, beginning in August. Pier 62 nr. 23rd St.; 212-336-6500.


JAVELIN
When not working the trading floor at JPMorgan, Zolden Eastwood teaches the strength, speed, and technique to throw a long stick very far; $40 per session, three sessions a week. Call 917-656-7645 to arrange time and place.


RACEWALKING
Stella Cashman, coach of Park Racewalkers USA, holds a 10 a.m. weekend class in Central Park ($20 per hour) and sunrise-club workouts. Meet weekdays at 72nd St. and Park Dr. E., weekends at 84th St. and Park Dr. E.; 212-628-1317.


ROWING
In four successive weekends beginning in late July or August, the New York Rowing Association will convert your $500 into a smooth catch and stroke. Boats launch from the Peter Jay Sharp Boathouse in Inwood’s Swindler Cove; 917-538-5792.


SPRINTING
Two-time Olympian Doug Dickinson will customize a course that begins with push-ups and squats and culminates (ideally) in the fastest 100-yard dash of your life. $85 per session. Call 646-961-0857 to schedule.


SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING
Former Olympian Jane Katz teaches phys ed at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and gives private lessons (globalaquatics.com; charges vary). 60th St. nr. Ninth Ave.; 212-237-8663.


WATER POLO
Asphalt Green lets polo beginners take two free lessons, held on Sundays from 5 to 6 p.m., before committing the $25 a month to join weekly scrimmages. Stick around to watch the elites practice from 6 to 8 p.m. 555 E. 90th St., nr. East End Ave.; 212-369-8890.


WEIGHT LIFTING
Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 9, join patent attorney turned volunteer coach Gerard Dunne for training in the clean-and-jerk. “We take rank beginners,” he says. Lost Battalion Hall, 93-29 Queens Blvd., at 63rd Dr., Rego Park; 917-656-7753.


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