Archery among mixed-gender events at Tokyo Olympics

Published: Jul. 23, 2021 at 10:48 AM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - “Bring elbow back, touch corner of smile, look straight ahead at target,” said Raegan Bender, U.S. archery coach at Olympic Games of Tokyo 2020, which began Friday.

And the result? “That was pretty good!”

After the pressure was off to hit the center on the first try, I took aim.

“Pretty good,” Bender said.

Neither of our arrows hit the gold, But, hold up: That was just the practice round. My next arrow hit gold. I screamed. Obviously, I was excited.

“I think it’s in your blood, too,” Bender said.

At the end of the day, I think it’s best that we stick to our day jobs and leave it to the pros.

“And being able to support the USA team that’s going ... it’s so incredible for me to do,” Bender said.

Each coed team has three men and three women, who will compete in the Games this weekend. South Korea is the country to beat: It’s team has won every world championship since mixed teams were added.

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