Jr. U.S. archery Olympians aim for the Heartland
By: Carly O'Keefe
CARBONDALE, Ill. - A few of the best archers in the country have gathered in Carbondale, and most of them haven't even turned 18-years-old yet.
"They're just normal kids, junior high, high school kids. But when they step out on the archery field, they're all elite athletes," said 2004 Archery Olympian and coach, John Magera.
Junior Archery Olympic Dream Team member Jory Schroeder came all the way from Victoria, Texas to compete. She has her sights set on the Olympics.
"That's what I'm aiming for right now. I just can't imagine it! I hope I get to be there one day," said Schroeder.
Adam Wruck and Corey Muellenbach of Minnesota have already brought home the gold after competing in the junior world games last year in Mexico.
"It was pretty cool being able to represent the U.S.A. and come home with the gold, knowing you did 'em proud," said Wruck.
The sport takes many of the kids all over the U.S., and some all over the world. But the Carbondale tournament brings Forrest Blakley back home.
Blakley is from Cobden, but as a member of the Junior Olympic Dream Team, he spends a lot of his time training in Chula Vista, California.
"I was just out there for five weeks, next I'll go back for three months," said Blakely. "The end goal is to make the Olympic Team. I'm going to try out for the 2008 team."
But before that, Blakley has to practice, practice, practice...
"It takes a lot of work to keep it up," Blakley said.