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National Target Championships/Jr. World Trials to be held at Memorial Park in Colorado Springs August 1-6

July 18, 2006

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The 122nd Archery National Target Championships, presented by the Colorado Springs Sports Corp., will be held August 1-5 for the second year in a row at Memorial Park in Colorado Springs, Colo., the home of USA Archery's National Office and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). The 2006 Jr. World Team Trials will also be held in conjunction with the National Championships, with the final day of competition taking place on Sunday, August 6.

The 2006 National Target Championships, a world-ranking event, will feature over 420 archers from the U.S. and around the world including Olympians, Paralympians, World Champions, United States Archery Team (USAT) members, world record holders, top junior archers and the first ever blind archer to compete at a National Target Championships. In addition to the U.S., there will be eight other countries represented at the event. Athletes from Bolivia, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Philippines, Puerto Rico and South Africa will be in Colorado Springs for five days of intense archery competition, a chance to compete for a national title and set new national and world records.

Four members from each of the 2004 Olympic Archery Team and 2004 Paralympic Archery Team will be in Colorado Springs competing for national titles. Fifty year old four-time Olympian Butch Johnson (Woodstock, Conn.), two-time Olympian Vic Wunderle (Mason City, Ill.), fifty-two year old three-time Olympian Janet Dykman (El Monte, Calif.) and 2004 Olympian Jennifer Nichols (Cheyenne, Wyo.) will all be in attendance.

The 2004 Paralympians will include bronze medalists Jeff Fabry (Tulare, Calif.) and Kevin Stone (Adrian, Mich.) along with Lindsey Carmichael (Lago Vista, Texas) and Chuck Lear (Lee’s Summit, Mo.).

Janice Walth (Lodi, Calif.) will make her first appearance at the Nationals shooting in the visually impaired compound bow category.

Other archery Olympians competing at the Nationals this year will be four-time Olympian and 1984 silver medalist Rick McKinney (Sacramento, Calif.), 1972 Olympian Ed Eliason (Stansbury Park, Utah), 1984 Olympian Glenn Meyers (Fremont, Mich.), 2000 Olympian Karen Scavotto (Enfield, Conn.), three-time Olympian for the Republic of Georgia Khatuna Lorig (Stanhope, N.J.) and 2004 Canadian Olympian Jonathan Ohayon (Redlands, Calif.).

There will be many Colorado area archers in attendance including 2006 Collegiate All-American Nathan McCullough (University of Colorado, Colorado Springs/Colorado Springs, Colo.), 2006 U.S. Intercollegiate Archery Champion Brian Christensen (Colorado State University/Littleton, Colo.) and current Chula Vista, Calif. Olympic Training Center Resident Athlete and 2006 United States Archery Team (USAT) member Joy Fahrenkrog (Castle Rock, Colo.). Aya LaBrie (Aurora, Colo.), a 2003 World Championship team gold medalist will also be competing at the Nationals, shooting in both the recurve and compound bow divisions.

In the compound bow division, number one ranked Dave Cousins (Standish, Maine) will be vying for his eighth consecutive National Target Championship title, along with 2006 World University Archery Championship double gold medalist Braden Gellenthien (Hudson, Mass.), who took second at Nationals last year and is looking to win his first National title in the senior division. Jamie Van Natta (Toledo, Ohio) is looking to take her third consecutive National title for the compound women.

USA Archery is honored to have new national head coach Kisik Lee, a six-time Olympic Coach, in attendance at the National Target Championships for the first time this year. Former Korean and Australian National Coach, Lee was hired in January of 2006 in order take the U.S. to a higher level in the sport of archery and to be able to contend with the top archery countries in the world, including Coach Lee’s native Korea. USA Archery is anticipating Coach Lee will help the U.S. Team bring home gold in 2008.

Coach Lee’s Korean and Australian archers have won a combined 23 medals in World Championships during the past 15 years. He has never taken a team to an Olympic Games and not returned with a medal. His athletes have won nine of the 22 Olympic gold medals awarded in archery in the past 20 years.

National Championship competition, consisting of men’s and women’s recurve, compound, barebow and crossbow along with youth recurve and compound will run from approximately 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday – Friday, August 1-4.

The championships will consist of two full FITA rounds to determine the U.S. National Champions, followed by the U.S. Open head-to-head elimination round on Saturday, August 5. Archers will shoot distances that range from 30 to 90 meters, the equivalent of one football field.

The 2006 Jr. World Team Trials will conclude on Sunday, August 6 with the top 64 junior and cadet finishers from the Nationals Championships competing in round robin match play. The Jr. World Trials will decide the team for the 2006 Junior World Championships in Mexico this October.

Spectators are welcome to attend and there is no admission fee.

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