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October 24, 2014

US Team Delivers Knockout Punch at Parapan American Championships

ROSARIO, Argentina - "It was a sea of red today!" said Paralympian Eric Bennett (Surprise, Arizona), updating fans on social media about today's Team USA success at the Parapan American Championships. 

Today's social media reports were glowingly positive about the nonstop energy of the American squad. 

"[It was a] great day for Para Team USA!" reported Para National Head Coach Randi Smith in a Facebook update. "Gold, silver in bronze in men's [compound] W1; gold, silver and bronze in men's compound; gold and silver in women's compound. Yesterday was gold and silver in both men's and women's recurve." 

The United States has also qualified a full archery team for the 2015 Parapan Am Games in Toronto, thanks to the efforts of the athletes competing in Argentina this week. The U.S. has secured one spot each in the compound men open, compound women open, compound men W1, recurve women open and recurve men open divisions for Toronto 2015. 

Tim Palumbo (Buffalo, New York) and Lee Ford-Faherty (Perry, Georgia) each took gold in yesterday's recurve para competition; teammates Michael Lukow (Salt Lake City, Utah) and Kinga Kiss-Johnson (McCormick, South Carolina) each scored a silver medal. 

Today's medal rounds saw wins from Matt Stutzman (Salt Lake City, Utah) and Carrie Burge (Weatherford, Texas) in the compound open divisions. Teammates Bennett and Martha Chavez (Tulare, California) walked away with silver. Benjamin Thompson (Ladson, South Carolina) also won bronze.

The men's compound W1 podium was a sweep for Paralympic champion Jeff Fabry (Tulare, California), Jerry Shields (Gainesville, Florida) and Charles Lear (Lees Summit, Missouri), who took gold, silver and bronze, respectively.

Also taking top three spots today: Team USA's master squad of Laura Shelton (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania), Candice Raines (Rutland, Vermont) and Karen Kroll (Sherman Oaks, California), who were the gold, silver and bronze medalists.

Three additional U.S. archers will shoot for gold medals this weekend: teammates Jake Kaminski (Gainesville, Florida) and Sean McLaughlin (Chula Vista, California) will contest the recurve men's title, while five time Olympian Khatuna Lorig (West Hollywood, California) will shoot for gold in the recurve women's category.

Results will be posted as they become available at

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