Rank #1: 5: Crystal Gauvin
My guest on Upshot today is Crystal Gauvin, a professional compound archer who burst onto the scene with a breakout win at the 2013 Indoor World Cup event in Marrakesh, Morroco. Since then Crystal has continued to compete at a high level across the U.S. and around the world finishing second at the final stage of the Indoor World Cup in Las Vegas and two gold medals in the 2014 Outdoor World Cup season.
Crystal and I talked about how she found her way to archery after a prior athletic career in swimming and mountain biking. We also chatted about her experience getting started as a professional and her training regimen and preparation for competitions. And most shockingly, I learned the secret to maintaining proper focus during tournaments.
- Hall's Arrow, the archery range in Manchester, CT where Crystal trains.
- Olympic gold medalist Butch Johnson is the Pro Shop Manager at Hall's Arrow.
- Crystal vs. Erika Jones in the gold medal match at the final stage of the 2013 Indoor World Cup in Las Vegas.
- Crystal winning gold in mixed team (with Braden Gellenthien) and gold in women's team (with Erika Jones and Christie Colin) at the 2014 Outdoor World Cup event in Wrocław, Poland.
- Crystal's web site and YouTube channel
- With Winning In Mind by Lanny Bassham
- The Inner Game of Tennis by W. Timothy Gallwey
Jan 02 2015
Rank #2: 4: Sara Lopez
My guest on this episode of Upshot today is the outstanding Colombian archer Sara Lopez. Sara exploded onto the world archery scene during stage 3 of the 2013 world cup in Medellín with a team gold performance and a world record 150. Since then Sara has stayed at or near the top ranking for individual compound women and enters this weekend's world cup final in Lausanne, Switzerland ranked first in the world.
Sara and I spoke about how she got her start in archery, what it's like balancing archery and her medical school studies, and her experience shooting world cup events and last year's Vegas Shoot.
Sep 06 2014
Rank #3: 3: Bridger Deaton
My guest on Upshot today is Bridger Deaton. Besides having a really cool name, Bridger is having a breakout year. He's just turned 20, and in the last year he's been bringing home a lot of hardware from some huge archery tournaments. Bridger won a junior team gold and individual bronze back in March at the indoor world championships in Nimes, individual silver at the Arizona Cup, and on the World Cup stage team gold, mixed team silver, and individual bronze in Shanghai and a team gold medal in Medellín, Columbia.
Bridger and I talked in depth about what it's like to shoot in an outdoor World Cup event. And I even got the inside track on what the American men do to stay loose before their matches.
Jul 30 2014
Rank #5: 1: Jamie Van Natta
- Results from the Marrakesh indoor World Cup event on November 16–17, 2013
- Carter Atension hinge release
- Jamie's dog, the Norwegian Buhund.
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Nov 26 2013