Arizona Cup 2019

April 12, 2019
April 12, 2019 Khatuna

US World Trials finished up on Thursday.  Friday was official practice for the 2019 Arizona Cup.  After 8 days of competition, I needed a day off.

Elimination day arrives and I feel great. I feel mentally ready. Its gonna to be great! I’m feeling my shots and it should be a good day.

I shot the qualifier and finished in 5th. I wasn’t happy but I was ok.

In my 30+ years of competing I have experience a lot and I have learned from those experiences. But what happened the next day at eliminations turned into a brand new career lesson. On elimination day, the top 4 had buys.  Being in 5th, I had to shoot a match.

As I’m preparing for my first end,  I’m watching the clock to make sure I get on the line in time. I was looking for the AB sign to because that was my line. I looked up and saw that the CD line was on. I was told during official practice that AB/CD line doesn’t change, but that is usually done just on the practice day.   I wasn’t aware it was for entire competition.

I look up at the clock, AB is on, I go to the shooting line.

I coming back from my first end. I looked at the clock CD is showing.  I sat underneath the tent to take a look at my arrows.  I looked at the clock, CD still on. That line is up and shooting.

When They finish, I start getting ready to shoot and that’s when I see my opponent approaching the line.  Seems the judge didn’t change the clock.   I didn’t to see if my opponent was shooting.  I trusted the judges, trusted the clock. I missed my line I didn’t shot 3 arrows. I went over to the Judge hut and told them that the clock still showed CD. The Judge apologized and change the clock to AB.   I told him I missed my line because the clock had not changed.   I asked to make up my arrows because the clock was wrong.  My request was denied and I was told “No you can’t shoot your arrows”.  Another judge said “there was nothing we can do about it.

My tournaments in Arizona ended on a sour note.  I made the US World Team, but got caught up in some emotions and got eliminated early from the Arizona Cup.

As much as I am disappointed in the judging staff this mistake is all on me.  I should have paid more attention to who I shot next to.  I should have seen my opponent sitting instead of shooting.

I headed home more determined than ever to focus, stay in my archery bubble and leave it all on the field this year. I know I’ve been thru worse and I’m still standing. still training hard! And I’m still going for that Olympic GOLD I have dreamed of since I was 12 years old!


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