From Lancaster to Tokyo, Casey Kaufhold has teamed up with USA.
“I want the medals,” Kaufhold said. “I want to go on stage. I want to win. I want to have my moment.
The 17-year-old archer will make his Olympic debut in individual and team recurve archery at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.
“For me, it’s kind of a close-up or coming home,” Kaufhold said. “I want a gold medal. It’s the thing I want the most in this world.
She has already seen success by winning two gold medals and one bronze at the 2019 Pan American Games.
“Part of my steps to get there is being part of the team,” Kaufhold said of his goals. “It’s awesome and all, and I celebrated that, but I still want to keep the spirit of [winning a] gold medal.”
This mindset means a lot of training. The high school student spends four to five hours a day at his family’s archery in East Lampeter Township.
“There are some variables that change how you feel and how you shoot at that point,” Kaufhold said of the competition. “Having a strong mental structure really helps in these times. “
If Casey could win a medal in Japan, it would make history. It would be the first American women’s individual medal since 1976; Additionally, it could be the first U.S. women’s team medal since 1988.
“It’s important to know that you are your own person,” Kaufhold said of her advice to other girls. “Someone else doesn’t define you, it’s what you do that defines you.”
She says anyone can compete in archery, but hopes to be in a class of their own with a medal around their neck in just a few weeks.
“At the end of the day, that’s what I want the most,” Kaufhold said. “I’ll put everything I got in it.”
The archery events will start on Thursday 22 July with the individual classification events.