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ROSARIO, Argentina - The 2017 World Archery Youth Championships begins tomorrow morning with qualification. 532 athletes from 65 countries will compete at this biannual event. Among the 335 juniors and 197 cadets, 24 of the America's most promising young archers will be top contenders for this elite competition.
Keep an eye on the U.S. compound women - Cassidy Cox (Albuquerque, New Mexico) has had a stellar year, earning a spot on both the junior and senior World Championships teams as well as making a splash in this year's World Cup circuit.
The U.S. compound cadet women's team has also won all six team world titles since the first time the event was contended in 2006. Defending champion Breanna Theodore (Hibbing, Minnesota) returns to the team with Savannah Vanderwier (Sheffield, Texas) and Sachiko Keane (Staten Island, New York).
Also hot to watch: 13-year old Casey Kaufhold (Lancaster, Pennsylvania) will be the youngest member of Team USA this week, having led the recurve cadet field through the past season, and having posted one of the highest indoor scores of all ages in the nation earlier this year. Recurve cadet men's standout Jack Williams (Irvine, California) also posted a senior podium finish at this summer's Outdoor Nationals and most recently, the Texas Shootout.
More on the full team lineup is available here.
In addition to the typical qualification round and individual, team and mixed team elimination matches, Rosario will also stand as the main qualifier for the Youth Olympic Games in 2018. The next installment of the Youth Olympic Games will be contested in Buenos Aires, Argentina next summer, and thirty-two quota places will be awarded this week.
Recurve athletes born between January 1, 2001 and December 31, 2003 are eligible for the Youth Olympic Games. The top sixteen men and women will win a maximum of one quota spot for their country for each gender. If a nation has more than one archer in the top sixteen, the additional spots will be contested in a secondary competition later this week.
Later this week, the Monumento Nacional a la Bandera, built near the shore of the Parana River, will host the medal matches. The venue previously hosted the finals for the 2014 Pan American Championships and provides a rich and beautiful historical setting.
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