5: Crystal Gauvin

My guest on Upshot today is Crystal Gauvin, a professional compound archer who burst onto the scene with a breakout win at the 2013 Indoor World Cup event in Marrakesh, Morroco. Since then Crystal has continued to compete at a high level across the U.S. and around the world finishing second at the final stage of the Indoor World Cup in Las Vegas and two gold medals in the 2014 Outdoor World Cup season.

Crystal and I talked about how she found her way to archery after a prior athletic career in swimming and mountain biking. We also chatted about her experience getting started as a professional and her training regimen and preparation for competitions. And most shockingly, I learned the secret to maintaining proper focus during tournaments.

4: Sara Lopez

My guest on this episode of Upshot today is the outstanding Colombian archer Sara Lopez. Sara exploded onto the world archery scene during stage 3 of the 2013 world cup in Medellín with a team gold performance and a world record 150. Since then Sara has stayed at or near the top ranking for individual compound women and enters this weekend's world cup final in Lausanne, Switzerland ranked first in the world.

Sara and I spoke about how she got her start in archery, what it's like balancing archery and her medical school studies, and her experience shooting world cup events and last year's Vegas Shoot.

3: Bridger Deaton

My guest on Upshot today is Bridger Deaton. Besides having a really cool name, Bridger is having a breakout year. He's just turned 20, and in the last year he's been bringing home a lot of hardware from some huge archery tournaments. Bridger won a junior team gold and individual bronze back in March at the indoor world championships in Nimes, individual silver at the Arizona Cup, and on the World Cup stage team gold, mixed team silver, and individual bronze in Shanghai and a team gold medal in Medellín, Columbia.

Bridger and I talked in depth about what it's like to shoot in an outdoor World Cup event. And I even got the inside track on what the American men do to stay loose before their matches.

1: Jamie Van Natta

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0: Introduction

Welcome to Upshot, a brand new podcast dedicated to target archery and the people who make it great. This is just a short introductory episode intended to get the iTunes podcast feed all sorted out and to encourage you to subscribe for some fascinating interviews with world-class archers. The first real episode will be posted soon. Thanks for listening.