SALT LAKE CITY — The world’s best archers will gather in Salt Lake City this week for the Hyundai Archery World Cup.
Among them will be Bountiful’s Steve Anderson, who is currently ranked fourth in the world and No. 1 in the 2017 Archery World Cup rankings. Born in Boise but living in Bountiful, Anderson is the reigning World Archery Field Champion and is favored to win gold in his adopted home state this week.
More than 300 archers from 40 countries will be competing at the Easton Salt Lake Archery Center in Salt Lake City beginning Wednesday. Among those vying for gold and World Cup points are Olympians, world champions and local hopefuls.
U.S. Olympic medalists Brady Ellison, from Arizona, and Jake Kaminski, Florida, will be there as well. So will five-time Olympian Khatuna Lorig, Colorado.
Ellison is the only four-time World Cup final champion, and he hopes to earn his fifth title this season. He has three Olympic medals, but hasn’t earned gold yet.
Sarah Lopez, of Colorado, has been ranked No. 1 in the world longer than any other archer since the World Cup circuit began in 2006. She’s owned the top spot for the last three years. She was the first woman to compete in the men’s pro division at the Vegas Shoot earlier this year.
In the compound competition, Anderson, world champions Reo Wilde, Pocatello, Jamie Van Natta, Ohio, and Erika Jones, Nebraska, will all shoot for the U.S. Internationally, the Korean team will feature six Olympic champions, while strong teams from Colombia, Ukraine, France, Italy and Mexico will compete at the state-of-the art facility. Korea has won more Olympic medals in archery than any other country since modern archery was added to the Olympic program in 1972.
Kazakhstan’s recurve men’s team earned their first World Cup podiums in history. The surprising result include gold in Shanghai and silver in Antalya. The question when they arrive in Salt Lake City is whether they can continue their success.