Americans Strike Gold in Junior and Team Finals at World Championships
NIMES, France – If you think America’s compound game is
strong on the adult side, wait till you see the juniors. Delivering
performances worthy of their senior counterparts, the U.S. junior compounders
claimed five medals at the World
Archery Indoor Championships, showing the world that the next generation is
more than ready to carry the torch.
The compound junior men’s team found
out how gold medals taste after outshooting Italy by a whopping 12 points,
233-221. Bridger Deaton (Pella, Iowa), Dillon McGeorge (Loganville, Ga.) and Charlie
Weinstein (Gardiner, Maine) seemed to enjoy every shot they took as they
cruised to the world title.
Deaton went on to the bronze medal match for the individual
competition, and with a bit of coaching from teammate Braden Gellenthien
(Hudson, Mass.), took the win.
Emily Bee (Howell, Mich.), Lexi Keller (Omro, Wis.) and
Brogan Williams (Stillwater, Okla.) claimed a silver medal after a challenging
final with Turkey, 224-225. However, Keller shot her way to winning an
individual bronze medal, and Bee earned silver, making this one successful
Senior teammate Erika Jones (Grand Island, Neb.) and team
leader and World Champion Diane Watson (Hudson, Fla.) could also be seen
lending support to the junior archers throughout their matches.
Today, it was the senior teams’ turn to take to the stage,
and they did not disappoint. You can see the matches here:
The men’s compound team of Reo Wilde (Pocatello, Idaho),
Jesse Broadwater (Jennerstown, Pa.) and Gellenthien delivered a gold medal
performance, clinching the world title after a showdown with a tough team from
The trio of Christie Colin (York, Pa.), Crystal Gauvin
(Dayville, Conn.) and Jones also took hardware today, but it was a silver medal
this time, after a tough back-and-forth match with Mexico that left the U.S.
down by just a point in the end, 233-234.
Tomorrow, Team USA’s Brady Ellison (Payson, Ariz.), Colin,
Wilde and Broadwater will all bring their A-games to the stage for the
individual finals. Look for an epic rematch between Ellison and Australia’s
Taylor Worth, who could provide the recurve match of the day during the bronze
Watch Sunday’s individual finals, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
local time (4:30 a.m. EST) with Colin’s bronze medal match, and again in the
afternoon at 2:00 p.m. local time (8:00 a.m. EST) for Broadwater, Wilde and
Ellison. Follow @USAArchery’s live
tweets throughout Team USA’s matches. Is this your first World
Championships? Check out Archery
360’s guide to watching #WAIC2014.