Eight Archers are Beijing Bound for the 2008 Paralympic Games

April 09, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 9, 2008 COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.-U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, is pleased to announce the nomination of eight athletes to the U.S. Archery Team that will compete in the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, China. The nomination process was based on each athlete's international ranking. The number of slots given was determined by the U.S. Team's performance at the IPC Archery World Championships. The team is comprised of the following athletes: Jeff Fabry (Tulare, Calif.) Chuck Lear (Lee's Summit, Mo.) Kevin Stone (Kodak, Tenn.) Russell Wolfe (Williamsburg, Va.) Lindsey Carmichael (Victoria, Texas) Joe Bailey (Flushing, Mich.) Eric Bennett (Surprise, Ariz.) TJ Pemberton (Edmonton, Okla.) The team of eight consists of four veteran athletes who competed in the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece: Jeff Fabry (bronze/individual W1, bronze/team finals), Chuck Lear, Kevin Stone (bronze/team finals) and Lindsey Carmichael. Athletes Joe Bailey, Eric Bennett, TJ Pemberton and Russell Wolfe will all make their Games-debut in Beijing."It's a great mix of motivated, hard-working athletes, who are ready to dominate in Beijing,"said head coach Randi Smith (Salt Lake City, Utah)."This group has trained together, traveled together and really bonded as a tight-knit unit. We all have high expectations for their performances in Beijing."For additional information or to arrange an interview, please contact Beth Bourgeois, U.S. Paralympics, at (719)866-2039 or beth.bourgeois@usoc.org. About U.S. Paralympics: U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, is dedicated to becoming the world leader in the Paralympic sports movement and to promoting excellence in the lives of people with physical disabilities. Visit the U.S. Paralympics website at www.usparalympics.org.