Dreams came true for USA Olympian and Lancaster County’s Conestoga Valley senior 18-year-old Casey Kaufhold today as she won recurve mixed team gold at the third stage of the 2022 Hyundai Archery World Cup with Brady Ellison. Chinese Taipei took the recurve women’s gold and Korea’s men finished top in their event.
“This is the first Hyundai Archery World Cup medal I’ve ever won,” said world number 11 Kaufhold, who along with Ellison, defeated Spain’s Leyre Fernandez Infante and Miguel Alvarino Garcia 5-1 in the final at the beautiful Chateau de Vincennes in Paris.
“[It was a] great match, a big deal for me and I’m happy to win it with Brady, I couldn’t be more happy. Other than individual eliminations, [this] is my favourite event. We do very well together, we always have a good time, always make each other laugh and do goofy stuff.”
The win is a move up from the USA pair’s silver on stage two in Gwangju last month and Ellison’s third medal in the competition in three events, following his bronze with Gabrielle Sasai in Antalya.
“We both have been in a lot of matches and I felt like I always kind of let her down, so it’s good to go out there and shoot good like today and do what I was supposed to do,” he said.
“She got the 10 she needed and she shot that eight on purpose so that way she could just shoot the 10 on the last arrow to win by herself.”
Gaby Schloesser and Rick van der Ven finished in third for the second, successive stage.