My Week at the Olympic Training Center

Photo from USA Archery
Photo from USA Archery

Last year when I got to go to camp, I thought it was the coolest thing that ever happened.  Getting the opportunity to return still feels that way.  Getting to meet new people and learn new skills is so helpful.  If you are interested in previous posts on the OTF facility in Colorado Springs and Chula Vista, check them out.  If you have a chance to attend a camp, I can recommend it!

 

Monday-

Today was a list day of work because it was the first day.  We shot a 300 round and I shot a 222 (blech).  After Coach Lee gave us updates on the NTS shooting system, we stopped and had lunch.  The coaches started rectification so the coaches could look at us and start working on what changes we need.  The big things that I need to work on are reaching barrel of the gun at set up and my motion from load to anchor.  I am assigned to Coach Alex Meyer and he is a great coach.  Throughout the day I shot 145 arrows.  I had so much fun because I got to see old friends and meet new ones.  When free time arrived we played a lot of games.  We played Apples to Apples and Knockout.

Arrow count:  145

Tuesday-

Today was so much fun!  We did a really good workout in PT today and after we ate delicious waffles.  After PT and breakfast we went back to rectification, which really went well.  I am now working on a better set to set up and load to anchor.  Overall I shot 206 arrows with a light bow and my bow.  After rectification we went to dinner then free time, which was followed by homework .  In free time I played card games with my friends then we did homework, SPTs and more homework (blech.) One of my favorite things is the Archer’s Teapot song!

It goes like this:

I’m a little teapot short and stout (this is where you get your posture for the shot)

Here is my handle (set up)

Here is my spout (extra set)

LOAD, ANCHOR, TRANSFER

Hear me shout! (expansion-holding)

Tip me over (Release)

And pour me out (Follow through count 1, 2, 3)

We had to do it way more than originally planned (he said 10 perfect ones) but we had to do it 30 or more because people weren’t synchronized or forgot follow through.  YOU THINK IT’S EASY, IT’S HARDER THAN IT SEEMS!  Hahaha.  I will do a video of this for you guys so you can see what I mean.

Arrow count:  206

Wednesday-

Today in PT I lead yoga with two other girls.  At breakfast I requested French toast!  I also had bacon, hash browns and eggs.  After breakfast we warmed up and did one arrow shoot offs at 18m which was so much fun!  Drawing a number out of a bag randomized one arrow shoot offs. I only lost 5 times out of a ton of tries.  I shot really well today and it was awesome.  That always makes things more fun.  We ate lunch and went back to the gym and played basketball.  As the coaches started arriving, some of them jumped in and played. It was hilarious.  Everyone played, complete with trash talking!  This was, in my opinion, the best part of the day.  It was super-duper fun!  After that we did team rounds and there was even more trash talking.  For the break, one of the coaches had the idea to do a dance competition and it wasn’t optional so I was like “I’m down.”  I WON AND FIRST PRIZE WAS REESE’S PIECES…Woot!  It was the most fun.  We played more games at night.

Arrow count:  181

Thursday-

I was the girl team leader for stretches all day today. It was amazing fun and the session was called the 12 days of Christmas.  It included:

  1. Sprints
  2. Burpees
  3. Squats
  4. Push Ups
  5. Jumps
  6. Bananas
  7. Toe Touches
  8. Sit Ups
  9. Lunges

10. Calf raises

11. Skater hops

12. High knees

You start over each time you add the next exercise, reps are associated with the number next to them.  For example, the first time you do 1 sprint, then you start over, 1 sprint, 2 burpees, start over, 1 sprint, 2 burpees, 3 squats, etc.  We doubled the amounts of Skater hops and high knees to 22 and 24 but you can customize it to your own workout.  After this we took a break for breakfast and the morning was all clicker drills.  After lunch we came back for more rectification.  I made a deal with my coach that if I could use perfect form and shoot in the yellow, I could change the song if I didn’t like it.  It was a good way to get what we both wanted and I won every time!  The rest of the day was rectification and dinner (with ice cream of course.

Arrow count:  211

Friday-

Today was the last day of camp.  We did another 300 round (I shot a 250) and more clicker drills.  In between everything we just worked on blank bale.  This day is always fun but also sad because I have to say good-bye.  Our coaches let us stay up playing games a little later because we were flying out the next morning.  We played a game called Paranoia, it was fun!

Arrow count: 165

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!

 

 

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World Archery Indoor Youth Trials

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Going into World Indoor I wasn’t really nervous because of the age group I was competing against.  I was shooting as a Junior and I am 13, that’s just crazy, right?  I had a great time because I got to see old friends and meet new ones.

 

I got really upset in the beginning because I shot two misses in the first 30 arrows, which had not happened in practice.  I slowly redeemed myself through the tournament and went up through the rankings.  I still was able to squeeze out a 978 and came in 10th out of 13.  I wasn’t happy with it but my parents reminded me it was the first time I attempted trials and I am 13.  I didn’t get to go forward because they only took the top 8 and if I had shot as a Senior, my score would have gotten me to the second day.  Bummer.  But who thinks of shooting up that high?

 

Overall I had a good time, got to see some of my favorite coaches and met some new ones.  Maybe some of you guys will shoot with me next year?

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January in Colorado Springs

 

GUYS!

 

I get to go to JDT camp in Colorado Springs in January!

 

I am SO EXCITED!

 

 

Emma at the range

 

 

It has been a hard year for me since getting my form broken down there last January.  Combine that with moving to another state and growing, everything is changing.  Just a little bit of growing in height, arm length, and neck length can change how it feels when you pull back the bow.  How do people get through this I wonder?

 

This Christmas I had a list of stuff I wanted that was non-archery related but now it is mostly asking for donations to help with a new bow and travel expenses.  It is nuts how much it costs to go to all the events you need to in a year.  I would shoot more places if I could!

 

So I think I answered everyone’s questions last year but is there any thing else you would like to learn about Junior Dream Team camp?  Let me know and I will take notes for you while I am there!

 

 

 

YEAH!

Thank You for Your Service @kmankp65

Emma w:Pink Bow

A long time ago, I met Kevin and he showed me how to shoot a bow.  It seems like its been forever since I had that first tiny bow.  Since then, we have traveled all over the United States competing and having fun at archery tournaments.

Emma and Kevin Goofy

I feel grateful for him introducing me to archery but I really feel grateful that he went to war and made it back.  Today, you should take the time to remember the Veterans that made it back and those that did not.  Thank them, hug them, support them.  If you are looking for a good place to donate, Operation Homefront is responsible for making sure we had a home.

Thank you Kevin!

Emma and Kevin

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.

Getting a Tune Up

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This past Sunday, I got to meet with one of the coaches I worked with at the JDT camp in Chula VistaCoach Green is pretty awesome and it was good to get a chance to ask questions and get more direction of what to do with my form changes this year.  I am about 85% to where I want to be and growing all the time doesn’t help!  Once I get a little more coiled I am going to need new arrows AGAIN!  I am a work in progress.  Emma2Emma3

 

Coach Green did teach me about Little League Shoulder which I had never heard of anyone discussing this.  Did you know this can happen to archers?  And that there is a growth plate in the shoulder that could be damaged?  I didn’t. This is why proper form is so important.  When you get an injury, remember to pay attention to the WHY and to make sure that you seek proper treatment.

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.  

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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.