Making the U.S. Olympic Archery Team

[Updated 1 February 2024] The Olympic archery team is a highly competitive process. The Olympics are a multi-sport event that takes place every 4 years, and the Olympic archery team only has 3 spots available. If you want to be on the archery team, it all starts with preparation!

Let’s start by looking at how countries qualify for the Olympics. Each country can be eligible for 1 or 3 spots in the men’s and women’s recurve division.

The World Archery Championships is the qualifying event for the Olympic Games. The top 8 teams from each country in the World Championships recurve team rounds will qualify an entire team of 3 men and 3 women for the Olympics. If either team fails to qualify for three team sports, individual spots are available (one per gender) and additional qualifying opportunities before the Olympic Games.

U.S. Olympic Archery Team

As part of an annual selection process, USA Archery hosts a series of multi-part events to assess which archers the U.S. will send to the Olympics. The first event of the Olympic Team Trials is open to anyone who registers and meets the eligibility requirements in the Selection Procedures.

The Olympic archery team will be selected during Trials that span into the spring of the Olympic year. Trials typically consist of ranking rounds, a simulation for a team round, head-to-head elimination rounds, and round-robin match play. The points earned from each event will determine an archer’s ranking for Olympic team trials.

If the United States has earned at 3 Olympic quota slots for their division, the top 3 archers will be nominated to represent them in that Olympic division. The athlete who finishes fourth as the alternate for the U.S. Olympic team will be in that position only if we earn only 1 quota slot at a given event. The Olympic trials will select the U.S. Archery Team for the Olympics. To make the U.S. Olympic Archery Team, athletes must undergo an extensive selection process and meet World Archery’s Minimum Qualification Standards for each quadrennial.

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)

Ques: What is the age limit for archery in Olympics?

Ans: The age limit of archers in different archery competition:

  1. SUB JUNIOR/CADET – In this category, the age of the archer is 15 years or less on the date of starting of the tournament.
  2. JUNIOR – In this category, the age of the archer is 18 years or less on the date of starting of the tournament.
  3. SENIOR – In this category, there is no age restriction. This is open to all archers.

Ques: Do you need to be strong to do archery?

Ans: You need to be at least 50% stronger than your bow. If you only have as much strength in your draw as your bow, then you’ll need to use all of your might to pull it and your muscles will fatigue rapidly.

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