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Cowles trades games console for archery gold

17 Oct 2018
Olympic News, Buenos Aires 2018, YOG, Archery
The USA’s Trenton Cowles won the men’s recurve individual gold at the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018 on Thursday 17 October, completing a journey he began with two hand controls in front of the TV six years ago.

“I started archery by playing it in a video game,” the 16-year-old said after beating Akash Akash of India 6-0 to claim gold in the final archery event of the YOG. “And I thought, ‘I want to try this in real life.’ I was really bad at it but I was determined to get good at it and now I’m here.

“This event has reminded me of it a lot – just the fact that I’ve progressed so much in the sport. I started from nothing and I’m here at the Youth Olympics, winning a gold medal.”

Though the transition from games console to a real bow and arrow was not an easy one, following many hours of dedicated practice at the range Cowles is now a world-class archer and a not-so-proficient video gamer.


“I can’t play the video game anymore,” he said. “My love for the sport is here now. I haven’t played that game for a long time.”

Cowles, who did not lose a set in the competition and recorded 6-0 victories in the quarter-final, semi-final and final, believes shooting with his left hand helped him cope with the wind at the Archery Range.


“I got lucky today because the wind’s a left-to-right wind, which for me as a leftie helps me brace my shot,” said Cowles, who is ambidextrous. “I think it’s a little advantage. On the mixed international team event, the wind was a right-to-left and it’s hard to keep your bow-arm up with contradicting winds to your bow-arm.”


Top-seeded Injun Song of Republic of Korea fell to a surprise 7-1 quarter-final defeat to Senna Roos of Belgium. Though Roos then lost his semi-final to Akash, he came back to claim the bronze by beating Artem Ovchynnikov of Ukraine 7-3.

Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018

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