Ten athletes will represent the U.S. at the 2007 IPC Archery World Championships, Oct. 5-9 in Cheongju, Korea.
The team, coached by Randi Smith (Salt Lake City, Utah), features five athletes who are members of the 2007 U.S. Paralympics Archery Elite Team.
Three of those Elite Team archers competed at the 2004 Paralympic Games – Lindsay Carmichael (Lago Vista, Texas), Jeff Fabry (Tulare, Calif.) and Kevin Stone (Kodak, Tenn.).
“The team is in great shape,” Smith said. “They know what they came to do and they are ready to do it. I anticipate strong performances from our athletes.”
The U.S. earned one gold medal at the last IPC Archery World Championships, which took place in Massa-Carrara, Italy, in 2005. Fabry came away with the gold in the men’s W1 Recurve after breaking five world records in the qualifying round.
Those records have since been broken, but Fabry reclaimed four of them (30m, 50m, 60m and total score) at this year’s National Championships in Colorado Springs. Teammate Joe Bailey (Flushing, Mich.) also broke a world record over the summer, setting a new standard at 70m in the men’s open compound class at the 2007 Endeavor Games in Edmond, Okla.
Results from the 2007 IPC Archery World Championships will be available at www.usparalympics.org, as well as the official event website, www.ipccheongju.org.
2007 U.S. Paralympics Archery World Championships Team
Joe Bailey (Open Compound, Flushing, Mich.)
Eric Bennett (Open Compound, Glendale, Ariz.)
Lindsey Carmichael (AR3 Recurve, Lago Vista, Texas)
Jeff Fabry (W1 Compound, Tulare, Calif.)
Karl Keranen (W3 Recurve, Silverado, Calif.)
Chuck Lear (W1 Compound, Lee’s Summit, Mo.)
T.J. Pemberton (Open Compound, Moore, Okla.)
Kevin Stone (W2 Recurve, Kodak, Tenn.)
Janice Walth (Visually Impaired, Lodi, Calif.)
Russell Wolfe (W2 Recurve, Williamsburg, Va.)
Head Coach: Randi Smith (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Assistant Coach: Paul Miller (San Diego, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: Michael “Skip” Dawson (San Antonio, Texas)
Assistant Coach: Courtney Walth (Lodi, Calif.)
Athletic Trainer: John Nyland (Louisville, Ky.)
Team Administrator: Kimberly Carrick-Bartkowski (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
For more information, contact Marvin Olberding at (719) 866-2045 or Marvin.Olberding@usoc.org.
About U.S. Paralympics:
U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, is dedicated to becoming the world leader of the Paralympic sports movement and to promoting excellence in the lives of persons with physical disabilities. Visit the U.S. Paralympics Web site at www.usparalympics.org