John Demmer stands with his medals from the U.S. Target Nationals and his TradTech limbs.
TradTech Archery is celebrating two weeks of world-class, podium finishes.
Between the 2017 World Games in Wroclaw, Poland, July 26-30, and the 133rd U.S. National Target Championships and U.S. Open in Westfield, Ind., Aug. 3-6, four barebow archers using TradTech limbs claimed three gold medals – including two National Championships - two silver and three bronze.
John Demmer started the medal shower by competing in the Men's Barebow Archery division at the prestigious World Games. Held every four years, the World Games is the highest level of competition in the world for barebow archers, who consider the tournament to be their Olympics.
The best barebow archers from all over the world competed last year at the World Archery Field Championships in Dublin to try to win a spot for their nation in the World Games. Only the top nine countries – plus the host nation - compete in barebow at the World Games. Countries that earned the right to compete at World Games held national competitions to determine which archer to send to the Games. Demmer, who shoots with TradTech RC Carbon/Wood Recurve Limbs, earned the right to represent the U.S. in Wroclaw by finishing first in Men's Barebow at the 2017 U.S. National Field Championships in Darrington, Wash., in June.
During the qualification round in the World Games, Demmer finished in sixth place, and then won his early head-to-head matches in the elimination round. In the quarterfinals, he upset two-time defending World Games gold medalist Giuseppe Seimandi to reach the semifinals. Then, he defeated No. 2 seed, Martin Ottosson of Sweden to get into the gold medal match.
In the finals, Demmer competed against veteran field archer Istvan Kakas of Hungary. The match went neck and neck, with the pair tied heading into the last target. There, Kakas' accuracy was just a little better than Demmer's, and he won the gold medal by a score of 54-51, with Demmer claiming silver.
Less than a week later, Demmer and other top barebow archers from around the country showed up in Indiana for the U.S. Nationals and U.S. Open. TradTech limbs powered Demmer to the Senior Men's Barebow national championship. He later took bronze in the Clout competition.
Fawn Girard, using TradTech RC Carbon/Foam limbs, claimed the national championship in Senior Women's Barebow.
Also shooting the RC Carbon/Foam limbs, Jenifer Stoner took silver in Masters Women's Barebow and Ben Rogers took the bronze in Senior Men's Barebow.
In the U.S. Open competition, Stoner won the gold medal in Masters Women's Barebow and Rogers took bronze in Senior Men's Barebow.
TradTech, which provides products for traditional and barebow archers, is a division of Lancaster Archery Supply – the world's leading archery equipment supplier.