Jason McKittricK

USA Archery

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 Personal: Started bow hunting with a compound bow at the age of 15.  Switched to shooting an Olympic Style bow (recurve) at the age of 20.
Greatest Achievement in Archery: Winning the team round with Vic Wunderle and Butch Johnson against Korea at the 2002 Turkish Grand Prix.  Jason shot seven out of nine tens during the final round.

Most Difficult Time in Archery: Being the alternate on the 2004 Olympic Team.  Jason was the alternate on the 2000 team and was able to travel and participate in world events leading up to the games. He says that was a very good experience and is thankful it happened, but in 2004 when he was the alternate to the Olympic Team once again he did not want to sit on the sidelines and watch everyone else shoot knowing that he could be out there. "Getting so close to making the team was an achievement but also such a discouraging let down." After the 2004 Olympic trials, Jason felt he needed to take a competitive break from archery and re-evaluate where he was going. He is now back to competing and hopes being a two-time Olympic Team alternate will be marked as the milestone of where he began to make the 2008 team.

Long-Term Goals: To medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Greatest Influence: Four-time Olympian Darrell Pace.  He told Jason when he started shooting that he had what it takes to be a successful archer.