Team USA Shoots To Win
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Team USA Shoots To Win

August 17, 2019

You’ve seen the opening ceremonies and met
the athletes, but there’s plenty more to see since we last checked in with Team USA. Of the 50 nations fielding archers this year,
by Saturday morning, only 18 could still hope to take home a medal. Among those few were the men
of Team USA, including South Dakota’s own Cole Feterl. After hitting the practice field one last
time, Team USA went head-to-head against Great Britain in the Compound Cadet Men’s Team finals.
For someone with a gold medal on the line, if they had nerves, “I was a little nervous on my first arrow, kinda shaky or whatever,” Feterl said. … it didn’t show. After shooting off to
an early lead, the men took gold over Great Britain, 225 to 213. “I’ve never been so excited in my life. Just,
the lead kept going, getting bigger and bigger, and we all just got to just have fun instead of
worrying so much. It was definitely the best match of my life, and it’s such an honor with
win a gold medal in the world championship. It’s a huge honor,” Feterl said. Cole has proved himself to be a skilled archer,
but he’s far from the only standout on Team USA. With three wins of her own in today’s championship
matches, Dahlia Crook now holds more medals on her own than most countries in the competition. “It was a great experience. You’re shooting
against all people, like, all of the best of your age division in the world, which is
awesome, and I love seeing how well all these young archers do,” Dahlia said. “It’s the first step for them to really go
to the next level: to the world adult championships, the Olympic trials are coming up in the USA,”
Douglas Ludwig, Assistant Manager and Assistant Coach for Team USA, said. And it all starts right here. In Yankton,
Tanner Chambers, KELOLAND News.

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