Khatuna Lorig of West Hollywood took a step toward qualifying for her sixth Olympics by finishing third in the U.S. Olympic Teams Trials Archery, which concluded Monday in Newberry, Florida.
Lorig taught Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence how to shoot to prepare for her starring role in the 2012 film “The Hunger Games.”
Lorig would fill one of the two additional spots the U.S. would receive if it finishes in the top three in the World Cup event in Antalya, Turkey, that concludes June 19.
The 42-year-old Lorig is second among Americans in the women’s recurve world rankings compiled by the World Archery Federation, the sport’s international governing body, and 19th overall. She won the gold medal in the women’s individual competition in last year’s Pan American Games.
Lorig has been the top U.S archer in both of the last two Olympics, finishing fourth in the individual event in 2012 and fifth in 2008.
— USA Archery (@USAArchery) May 29, 2016
I did made the Olympic team but still have to fight for my thicket to Rio in Antalya, Tuekey! I… https://t.co/uR8LPa9tsh
— KHATUNA LORIG (@KhatunaLorig) May 30, 2016
Lorig won a bronze medal in the team event in 1992 competing for the Unified Team, as the team representing 12 of the republics of the former Soviet Union was known.
Lorig competed for her native Georgia in the 1996 and 2000 Olympics. She became a U.S. citizen in 2007, and competed for the U.S. in the 2008 and 2012 Games.
— City News Service