With autumn in full swing, pumpkin spice lattes brewing and everyone excited to put on flannels and boots, it’s fun to look back at the summer and reflect on the things you did. But for Garrett Abernethy and Carli Cochran, archers from the University of South Carolina, it was a more exceptional summer than most. These two compound archers, teammates on and off the field, were selected to represent the United States at the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea.
Major bonus: Carli was part of the American compound women’s team that brought home a silver medal.
“The sheer magnitude of the event was phenomenal,” Garrett said in a post-event interview. “This was by far the largest tournament I have ever attended. The opening ceremonies were comparable to the Olympics and simply awe-inspiring. For me, the greatest part of the World University Games was attending the different sporting events and meeting different athletes from around the world. We watched the USA men’s basketball team play Brazil and the men’s water polo team. We traded pins with athletes from around the world and got to learn a little about them and their sports.”
Garrett and Carli were kind enough to share the photos from their World University Games adventure with Archery 360. Click through the gallery below to share in their journey and read their thoughts about this amazing opportunity.