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UPDATE: WOW, Time Flies!

irish emmaBeen a while here’s what has been going on! Enjoy!
Mostly I got extremely consumed in school because it was my graduating year and I also took part in an externship program on top of the work I had in all my other classes. Through the externship program I was actually allowed to shadow professionals in a local hospital. I took an interest in the histology department which is the study of tissues so I got to see basically everything that comes out of people and I’ll leave it at that because some of it would definitely be gross to those not in or going into the medical field. I didn’t compete this year because of this intensive schedule I had and I just felt as though I should put all my effort into school which in turn helped me out because I graduated with honors which is average 4.0 gpa each year in high school!
With focusing on my work I was able to get into the school of my dreams: Maynooth University in Maynooth, Ireland. I will be studying Biology/Biomedical sciences in order to inch closer to my ultimate goal of becoming a pediatrician. I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited yet nervous to start something this is such a drastic change from where I am now and I think it’s going to be nothing short of amazing but there’s no way to know for sure. I’m not sure if I will be able to shoot and compete because of the intensive studying I’ll have to do and considering all the other club options my school has I’m already overwhelmed with so many amazing options!! There’s no way I’ll ever quit completely but I feel one knows when it’s right and when there’s other options to try while there’s the chance. I’m so excited that I get this opportunity to immerse myself in another culture not for just one year but the full four.
Federal Aid works differently there and though I can use some aspects of it, I can not get my first disbursement until October.  This is problematic since there are still deposits and arrangements I am required to handle out-of-pocket until then.  I still need to raise $5000.  If you want to help start this journey donate here!! My PayPal is recurveemma AT gmail DOT com and my Venmo is Emma-Harris-47
I hope to get to see some of you for a visit in Ireland or shooting there.  Add me on Instagram at recurveemma!

Archery training & this year’s schedule!

I have a short video to show you guys of what I have been working on and what I still have to do.  Sometimes I talk about it but I think it can be easier to understand a visual.  My dad slowed it down in the middle so that you would be able to see everything well.

So in these past weeks I’ve been working on a lot of things: reaching towards the target with my front arm to relieve tension in my front shoulder, not leaning back and not turning my head. As you can see, I still have a small problem with leaning back but I am working on it. My leaning back became a habit because I have to shoot at sixty meters so my sight has to be down very far but instead of moving my arm I would tilt my whole body back forming my bad habit that is leaning back. I am working to get rid of the others but that is most significant.


I will be at Gator Cup, US Outdoor this summer and Texas Shootout this fall. I hope I get to see some of you guys there!

2013 in review

This is super cool-there are so many of you from so many countries!  I am looking forward to meeting more of you at archery tournaments in 2014!



The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,300 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Five Questions from Emma – Butch Johnson

I have a new Five Questions and its with an Olympian!  Butch Johnson has competed in five Olympics, isn’t that so cool?  I hope you learn something from him today, I know I did!

Butch Arizona

1.  You have been a successful shooter for much longer than most. What are the top three things that you credit to your successful archery career? 

I would say, first, love for the sport. I still enjoy archery, it’s still fun for me. If it stopped being fun, I’d stop shooting, but I still enjoy practicing and competing. Second, a willingness to practice. Without the willingness to put the time in, it would be hard for anyone to be competitive. And third, having a place to practice and a work schedule that allows me the time to train.

2.  What things have you noticed that have significantly changed in archery since your first Olympics?

The main thing I’ve noticed is that the world has gotten better. Yes, equipment has improved in some ways and technology has benefited the sport, but in general, more countries have invested more money into training athletes and growing the sport. This is resulting in countries that were completely not competitive twenty years ago being a major challenge now.

3.  What kind of equipment do you use?  What advantages do you feel you get from it?

Currently, I’m shooting a Win & Win Inno Max riser at 27”, with Win & Win EX Power limbs. I am using Easton X10 arrows, and have been shooting Sure-Loc sights for many years. My stabilizer setup is Doinker Estremos, and I am using BCY string. The best advantages anyone can get from their equipment come when they take the time to experiment – but only if they are shooting consistent groups to begin with. If the archer is shooting well enough to see a consistent group in the target, then small changes – bowstring material, number of strands, type of nock, point weight, etc. can potentially help improve the groups. But the archer has to be shooting consistently well enough first to notice the difference.

4.  Do you think the technology advances in equipment have created better shooters or do you think it is still about mastery of the ideal form?

I do think it’s about mastering the form. At international competitions, you see many archers who are not necessarily using the latest and greatest bows but still shooting top scores versus the best archers in the world. In fact, many of today’s high end risers still have a lot in common with the best designs from ten plus years ago. In coaching, I see many archers who try to upgrade equipment, thinking it will make a huge difference in scores, but the reality is that perfecting the shooting form – which only comes from thoughtful and consistent practice – is what makes the scores. Equipment changes help, but only so much.

5.  You have a chapter in Archery:  The Ultimate Resource for Recurve and Compound Archers .   I shot JOAD and US Nationals when I was sick and then was put on a bale with my best friend.  It was VERY distracting.  Can you talk about the importance of what you describe as “shooting your own game?”

Basically, I try to only focus on what is within my own control. For example, lots of people shoot elimination matches while thinking about their opponent’s scores. I try instead to only focus on the arrow that’s on my bow at that very moment. If you start thinking about your opponent, the weather, how you’re feeling, etc. you can become very distracted very quickly. Some people read, or listen to music between ends, and that helps them. For me, I really just try to keep my head in the game, take one step at a time, keep my mind clear, and focus on making good strong shots.

Back To School

This week has been a little crazy.  Since we moved and I have a school that is willing to let me be out for training and competition, I am back to school as of Monday.  That means splitting my training time between the morning and the evening.  I have a high school credit math class so this means WAY more homework.  



Angus is not happy that I am not here all day.  His new thing, after learning to catch a ball mid-air, is playing soccer.  It is pretty funny and I am going to try to tape it one day.  Monday he spent the first hour walking through the house crying and looking for me.  It made me sad.  He is doing better now and waits at the door for me when he knows its time for me to be home.

How are you guys doing?  How do you handle training and school or work?  ITS HARD.

Five Questions from Emma-Teresa Iaconi

This week I am starting a new set of posts where I will ask people in archery five questions.  My first one is with the super cool @teresaiaconi whom I got to meet in Colorado Springs.  I hope I enjoy it!

Teresa and Olympians

1.  You have the coolest job.  What is the best part about what you do?

There are lots of great parts about my job! I work with USA Archery on public relations, social media, and media relations – and I work with World Archery and Archery on social media – so I get to do lots of different tasks, which keeps me interested every day. Perhaps the most fulfilling part of my job is covering archery events, when people tell me that they love seeing their photos on USA Archery’s Facebook page, or when a World Archery fan says that our event tweets let them follow a tournament that’s far away. I love helping people to connect with the sport of archery and its amazing athletes, whether through photos, tweets or written stories.

 2.  I was excited that I got into the Arizona Cup.  Has it ever filled up so fast?  Why do you think that happened? 

This is the first time in history that the Arizona Cup has filled so quickly. As of February 21, over a month before the event, registration is closed at 392 archers, with a waiting list! What’s even more impressive is that a year ago, we had 267 archers as of the first day of competition – and many were from other countries due to the Arizona Cup’s status as a World Ranking Event. However, this year, there is a World Ranking Event right before the AZ Cup – so almost all of the registrations this year are from U.S. archers. We think this is due to the major increase in publicity for archery thanks to movies like “The Hunger Games” and “Brave,” and of course our teams’ amazing performances at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. People are just really excited about archery right now!

 3.   The 2016 Olympics will be here so quickly.  What do you have to do to prepare for that?  You must be so busy!

Right now, the work is really focused on covering the events that happen between now and the Olympic Games – learning who the emerging talents are, covering the different athletes as they work toward the goal of Rio 2016. Another big focus for USA Archery is building good relationships with the journalists covering archery now, so that they are familiar with our sport when we’re gearing up for Rio. Finally, there are some practical considerations that will come up quickly, like obtaining credentials (which will begin next year) and then helping USA Archery to conduct great Olympic Trials events.

 4.  Your presentation at JDT camp was really good.  I liked the example of that if  you wouldn’t say it or show it to your grandmother, you shouldn’t put it out on line.  Why do you think people don’t think of that?  Do you think it should be taught in school now?

Thank you! Yes, I do think social media skills could be taught in school, from an early age. The reality is that social media will continue to play an integral role in our society for a long time to come, however it changes, and we need to be aware of how to use this tool politely and in a constructive way. I love the idea of social media seminars or workshops in high school that talk about what is appropriate for sharing, how social media can be a great tool for marketing yourself professionally, and how social media posts can have a lasting negative impact on education or career if not used appropriately.

5.  Your photos are always so beautiful.  Did you go to school for photography?  What kind of equipment do you use?

Thank you so much. I have never taken any classes for photography; it’s a hobby I was always interested in, but never had good camera equipment until the last few  years. During Christmas a few years ago, my fiancé and I invested in a Canon Rebel T1i, and a good 70-300mm lens, which I used for many tournaments in 2010 and 2011. I got some great tips along the way from friends who are photographers, and spent a lot of time on the internet reading about how to use the equipment. Last year, I was able to produce some great images at the US Olympic Trials which decided to use in their London 2012 coverage. This year, I’m planning to upgrade my camera body to a Canon 6D, and will continue to use the Canon L series 70-200 mm lens which is my mainstay for tournaments.


He is shooting again, this is awesome!

Rasher Quivers

And God was with the lad; and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer.” – Genesis 21:20 (Click to Tweet)

Gabriel was my inspiration for getting back into archery.  When we first got going, we were both relatively bad at it, but it didn’t take Gabriel long to jump ahead.  He was a natural for instinctive shooting while I took the more technical path as a Gap shooter.

One day, over a year ago, Gabriel was struggling with his form. He couldn’t figure out why.  I watched him shoot and quickly realized that he was not making his anchor point.  He tried and tried, but could not make his anchor point with an arrow on the string.  If you took the arrow off the string he would make it to anchor every time.  We tried everything we could to fix it, a bow with…

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