Coach: Self-coached with help from Mel Nichols and Tim Foster

Event: Senior Recurve


Archery Background:

Joy is a four-time member of the United States Archery Team (2004-2008) and former Chula Vista Olympic Training Center Resident Athlete (2006-2007). She began archery in the winter of 2002 after graduating from Skidmore College, in Saratoga Springs, New York where she majored in Economics. In 2004 she tried out for her first Olympic Team but just missed it, finishing 6th at the Trials. In 2008, she tried for a second time and placed 7th in the first round of trials. After taking three months off due to a tear in her teres minor, she failed to advance to the third round of trials for the Beijing team, finishing 15th. 

Despite not making either Olympic team, Joy did attend both the Athens and the Beijing games. In 2004, she went as a spectator and in 2008, she had a job as a journalist working for the Olympic News Service. In 2008, she was also part of two ad campaigns, one for Budweiser and one for Polo Ralph Lauren.

Joy has been a consistent top 8 finisher in National level events and have competed internationally in Bulgaria, Mexico, the Netherlands, China and Korea. Highlights of her career include 2nd and 3rd place finishes at the US Indoor Nationals in 2006 and 2007 as well as a 1st place finish at the World Ranking Event in Puerto Rico in 2007. 

Personal Information:

Joy was born in Colorado in 1979 and when she was 15, she was an exchange student to France with Rotary International. Joy finished up high school at Phillips-Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire. Upon graduating, she attended Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, spending one year at the London School of Economics in England. After graduating from college, Joy took a job with Schwab Capital Markets and worked there until 2004 when she left to train full time for the Olympics. Throughout the five years that she was training full time, she held a marketing job at Northwestern Mutual.

Before picking up a bow, Joy was a rower. She competed at Exeter, in college and after college for a total of 7 years. Her most notable accomplishment was a gold medal finish at the Women's Henley in England in 2001. She has also run two marathons for charity, the Boston Marathon in 2002 for cancer research and the San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon in 2008 for Team Darfur. 

When Joy is not working or training, she spends time with her friends and family and volunteers for the local community. While in California, Joy volunteered at San Diego 211, Endow Chula Vista, Eastlake Church and the Purple Palace. Throughout her archery career, she has been actively involved with Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) and has spent time working with kids with the North Dakota Shooting Sports Program and local clubs in Massachusetts and California. 

Top 10 Results from National and International Level Tournaments:


1st - World Ranking Event, Puerto Rico
3rd - Texas Shootout

3rd - US Indoor National Championships

5th - US Outdoor Nationals Championships

5th - US Open

7th - US Olympic Trials, Round 1

9th - US World Outdoor Team Trials


2nd - US Indoor National Championships

4th - World Archery Festival

6th - Texas Shootout

6th - US Outdoor National Championships

8th - Gold Cup


3rd - Texas Shootout

5th - US World Indoor Team Trials

6th - US Open

8th - US Outdoor National Championships

9th - Arizona Cup

10th - US Outdoor World Team Trials


3rd - World Archery Festival

5th - US Indoor National Championships

5th - Gold Cup

5th - Face 2 Face, Amsterdam

6th - US Olympic Trials

7th - US Outdoor National Championships

8th - Arizona Cup