This is the second of two posts for USA Archery Outdoor Nationals at Grand Park. When we were young, most of us imagined being the best in the world at something. Then we get a dose of reality, and we’re excited just to watch the best in the world. That’s one of the reasons I’ve always loved the Olympics. We can see the best compete at the highest level and fulfill their dreams.
Last month Grand Park hosted the US Outdoor National Archery Championships. It’s one of the biggest archery tournaments in the country. And it’s a big step for those looking to be on TeamUSA someday.
The shooting line was just short of a mile long with over 250 targets. On one end, Olympians were shooting recurve bows 70 meters, on the other end were little kids shooting compound bows 25 meters. In between was a mix of compound, recurve, and bare bow archers shooting anywhere from 30m to 60m. The targets are different sizes, depending on the type of bow, but everyone wants to shoot in the center (10) ring which is basically smaller than a tea saucer.
All ages, genders, ethnicities, sizes, and body types competing in one spot. A 10 year old kid can walk a mile or so down the line and see his or her hero shooting. How great is that! The four day event was capped off with the compound and recurve championships, which featured many members of TeamUSA. Turnout for the finals was surprisingly small, but it allowed for the passionate fan base to be rewarded with some special memories. Memories that could motivate some of them to realize their dreams.