Khatuna LORIG appointed Nanjing rolemodel
Lausanne (SUI) - Monday, March 24, 2014
Five-time Olympian LORIG will join athlete rolemodels from all 28 Youth Olympic sports to pass on experience and knowledge to aspiring international archers.
“It’s an honour to be an ambassador to the young athletes at the Nanjing Games,” said Khatuna LORIG after the International Olympic Committee announced her appointment. “I am humbled to be considered a rolemodel, and excited to work with these talented young archers.”
Still one of the USA’s top archers – she picked up her first world championships title in the mixed team event with Brady ELLISON at Belek – Khatuna made her first Olympic appearance at the 1992 Games – where she won team bronze as a member of the Unified Team.
“Hopefully my career and experiences will motivate and inspire the athletes. It’s important for them to understand it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to achieve their goals… and sometimes, it takes longer than you want it to,” she explained.
LORIG’s experience is expansive. She has attended five Games in total: Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney, Beijing and London – missing only Athens, and is training towards a sixth at Rio.
At Nanjing 2014, she’ll be running workshops, question and answer sessions and offering support to the 64 young athletes: “I’m looking forward to experiencing an Olympics that consists of so many hopefuls. It will be interesting to be at Games and not competing. I think I will see myself in them, when I started chasing my own Olympic dreams.”
Khatuna is uniquely placed to offer all the wisdom she’s collected over a career spanning three decades coupled with the passion she still has for competing at a high level.
At Beijing, LORIG finished fifth, before going one better and taking fourth in London. If she continues that improvement, the States archer is in line for a medal at Rio. Maybe in Nanjing she’ll meet some of the athletes that could potentially stand in her way.
“They are all potential Rio Olympians,” she said. “At Nanjing, I’ll see some talent – and be a part of getting them, and me, to 2016!”
Learn more about Khatuna on her website, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.
Read the full announcement from the International Olympic Committee on the appointment of the 37 athlete role models for Nanjing. The 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games will take place from 16 to 28 August 2014 in China.