Princeton archery prodigy right on target

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PRINCETON, Minn. - Anna Whitcomb of Princeton makes archery look so easy.  Her father Andy Whitcomb gave Anna her first bow at the young age of two. By the time she was six years old Anna had a first-place trophy. Since then, the trophies just keep coming in state, national and world competitions.

"I practice during the winter all the competition season. I practice probably two hours every day," explained Anna. "During the summer, I shoot about an hour a day."

Anna's parents raised her in an outdoor environment. The family owns Whitcomb's, in Princeton, which includes an archery shop and shooting range. They also raise deer to collect and sell deer scents to hunters.

You could say archery runs in the family. Anna's mother Gail teaches archery in schools through the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP). Anna's younger siblings, Jake and Marissa, also are aiming for bullseyes.  Their father coaches all three kids.

"For me it's teaching kids a sport that the whole family can be involved in, just like my dad. He's 82. Me and him go hunting, we shoot bow together, he comes to shoot three times a week in the shop," said Andy.

Anna has set several records along the way, and she hopes to one day compete in the Olympics. She shoots with a compound bow. Currently, only recurve bow archery is an Olympic sport. The World Archery organization says that could change as early as 2020, but it's more likely to happen in 2024.

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