With Rio 2016 right around the corner, top archers worldwide are shooting hundreds of arrows daily in a frantic effort to be precise enough to make their countries’ Olympic teams.
One athlete we’ll definitely be watching: five-time Olympian and archery powerhouse Khatuna Lorig. She first competed for Team USA in 2008, but previously competed for the Unified Team (Soviet Union) and the Republic of Georgia.
Today, she’s an all-American superstar, having also coached Jennifer Lawrence for her role as Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games.” In April and June, Khatuna will face her own do-or-die competition as she fights for the top spot in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials. We’ve been following her journey to Rio, and we think you should, too:
She’s still coaching actresses
After she worked with Jennifer Lawrence, Khatuna went on to coach other celebs, including Sports Illustrated model Kirby Griffin. Broadway actress Danika Yarosh, who’s also appeared in “Shameless,” sees Lorig for coaching as well.
And loves answering questions from fans.
We asked her about a million questions, and Khatuna delivered, in a Facebook Q&A that Archery 360 did a few months ago. Looking for awesome archery advice? It’s worth checking out the questions and answers in the post above.
She just keeps swimming (oops, we mean shooting).
Posted by Team Lorig on Thursday, March 3, 2016
Little known fact: in 2012, when the U.S. women’s team pulled off an incredible upset to earn their spots to the London Olympic Games, Khatuna helped keep her teammates motivated by yelling “just keep swimming,” made famous by Dory in “Finding Nemo.” Today, her work ethic under pressure is apparent – she’s practicing hard, with the U.S. Olympic Trials right around the corner.
The 42 year old Golden Girl.
GOLD in 15 seconds!Watch Khatuna Lorig win GOLD for USA Archery at Pan Ams!
Posted by Team USA on Sunday, July 19, 2015
When we say “golden girl,” we’re not referring to her age. Lorig has been really hitting her stride internationally in the past few years, helping the U.S. women’s team to move into a second place world ranking last year, and winning a Pan Am Games gold medal. Knowing she was Team USA’s top individual archer at the London 2012 Olympic Games, we think Khatuna’s Road to Rio could be pretty amazing.
Follow Khatuna’s journey throughout the U.S. Olympic Trials, with coverage from USA Archery on Facebook.