The temperatures are rising, and the archery competition is heating up. This summer, the stars of each archery discipline have their sights set on winning some exciting tournaments.
Target archers have several major tournaments remaining this season, including the Hyundai World Cup Final (Sept. 2-3) and World Archery Championship (Oct.15-22), an event that only occurs once every two years.
In 3-D archery, the best professional archers compete for big payouts in a pressure-packed format. Competitors must correctly estimate the distance to the target and make an accurate shot. There are two major 3-D circuits in America: the International Bowhunters Organization and the Archery Shooters Association; both have their own unique format and championships.
In field archery, the World Games is taking place in Wroclaw, Poland. Compound and recurve archers will compete, as well as barebow archers – one of the few times they battle on a world stage. If you love traditional or barebow archery, you’ll want to follow the World Games July 20-30.
Thanks to a recent agreement between NBC and World Archery, it’s easier than ever to watch archery on TV. YouTube is another great way to watch target, field and 3-D archery. Each tournament will feature top archers with dominating technique and a passion for their discipline. Here are 10 archers you need to watch this summer.
Brady Ellison is off to an excellent start for the 2017 outdoor archery season, with a silver medal at the Hyundai World Cup in Antalya. If you watched the 2016 Olympics, you saw Ellison compete in his third Olympic Games, where he won two medals for the United States. He always shines brightest on the biggest stage and will be looking for wins at the Hyundai Archery World Cup Berlin, World Cup Final in Rome and the World Archery Championships.
Steve Anderson is a former collegiate basketball player turned pro-archer. He’s on a roll since winning the World Field Championships this past October. Since then, he has earned eight podium finishes, including a silver medal at the Hyundai Archery World Cup in Antalya. Anderson is competing on the World Cup circuit and the World Archery Championships.
Ki Bo Bae
Ki Bo Bae is currently the No. 1-ranked female recurve shooter in the world and is a member of the world’s best archery team. With each victory, she gains more momentum. Ki Bo Bae already has one gold medal from the Hyundai Archery World Cup in Shanghai. This summer, she’s aiming for a team and individual gold at the World Championships.
The shooter of the year award is given to the best 3-D archer for the entire tournament season. Morgan is on an historic run of 10 straight shooter-of-the-year awards. We’ll see who wins this tight race as the best 3-D archer in the world at the McKenzie ASA Classic Aug. 3-6. Tune into BowJunky Media on YouTube and Facebook to follow the 3-D archery action.
The women’s pro 3-D circuit is a highly competitive field; every tournament is a battle for the top spot. Kailey Johnston is on a roll this year with four first-place finishes and two second-place finishes. She will need to keep it up, as fellow women’s pro shooter Sharon Carpenter has been scoring close to her all season. You can catch the last tournament this season – the McKenzie ASA Classic (Aug. 3-6).
John Demmer III
In the barebow discipline, John Demmer is the undisputed best in the country. He started 2017 with big wins at the Lancaster Classic, The Vegas Shoot, U.S. Indoor Nationals and the U.S. Archery Field National Championship. Demmer’s next major event is the World Games, where he’ll represent team USA.
Though just 21, Sara Lopez has cemented her position as target archery’s most dominant female compound shooter. She has been ranked No. 1 in the world longer than anyone in history. Until the Hyundai Archery World Cup in Antalya, she won 31 matches in a row. Her win streak ended when she lost to Denmark’s Tanja Jensen in the semi-finals. No doubt Lopez will bounce back to make history with every gold medal she earns.
Mackenzie Brown represented the United States in 2016 during her first Olympic Games. She is No. 19 in the World Archery rankings, and No. 1 in the country. She already has six outdoor World Cup medals in her short career and is a top contender for several more medals this season.
The World Archery Championships are held every two years; Kim Woojin has won two of the last three championships. Woojin is a phenomenal shooter who loves big stages. He is a worthy adversary and will attempt to add another World Archery Championship medal to his trophy case.
Proving 3-D archers can successfully crossover to indoor and outdoor target archery, Paige Gore is one of three female compound archers who will represent the U.S. at the World Championships. She is also a top competitor in the 3-D and field archery circuit.
The summer of 2017 features plenty of national events where fans can watch their favorite archers. Stay tuned to USA Archery, World Archery, BowJunky, arcHER and social media for archery tournament coverage.
And if these top archers inspire you to shoot like a pro, visit your local archery shop to gear up.