Patrick Huston, 20, is shooting for Great Britain in Rio after winning a dramatic sudden-death match at the European Championships’ continental qualifier event in May. He was World Youth champion in 2013, and junior world team field champion in 2014.
HOW HE GOT STARTED:
“A British longbow champion called Aud Needham came to my elementary school and started an archery club.”
WHEN HE STARTED DREAMING OF THE OLYMPICS:
“I remember watching Olympic archery in 2008. I remember seeing Koreans shoot, and thinking the target must have been very close, given the split-screen nature and how well they were shooting! I knew it was possible after I made it into two gold-medal matches at the World Youth Championships. The Great Britain performance director started talking to me about being in the squad.”
HOW HE GOT THERE:
“If I want to achieve a goal, I focus very hard on it and approach it from a variety of angles. I don’t do it through written plans, as I find I can’t stick to them. But I talk it through and develop a set of principles of how I will achieve it. Once this is in place, my frame of mind is very strong and will make me achieve it. I think I already had a pretty solid mental game, but now I feel I can hit the focus level and intensity I need far more consistently.”
WHO HE WILL MAKE THE MOST PROUD:
“My parents, who will be in the crowd watching me. They bought their tickets before I had even qualified for the Games! That’s faith.”
WHAT HE HOPES TO ACHIEVE IN RIO:
“To earn a name for myself as one of the best archers in the world, and to carve a personality for myself into the sporting world. I want to grow the sport of archery massively and show how wonderful it is. I’m also looking forward to being in the athlete village and meeting all these high-level competitors from loads of different sports and countries!”
HIS ARCHERY HERO?
“Michelle Frangilli. He has consistently performed at a very high level for years. He has won nearly every tournament there is to be won. Basically, he is truly one of the best archers in the world.”
IF HE WASN’T AN ARCHER, HE WOULD BE …
“An investment banker. I have always wanted to be a millionaire, and the risk and excitement of working in stocks and shares was irresistible to me before becoming a performance athlete. I don’t like not winning, and I’m incredibly competitive in anything I do. I’m a perfectionist, and if I like doing something I will do it right.”
WHAT SCARES HIM MOST?
“Swimming over stuff I can’t see in water. Like when you’re in the sea and swimming over seaweed, no matter how deep down. Sea water is fine. Just when stuff might be in there. …”
OTHER SPORTS HE CAN DO …
“I’m a very good freestyle ice skater. So using hockey skates. I can skate very quickly. I’m very agile on my feet and can do a wide and impressive range of dancing footwork.”
IF YOU COULD KEEP ONLY FIVE POSSESSIONS …
WHAT HE WANTS HIS TOMBSTONE TO SAY …
“Something along the lines of ‘One of the best archers in the world, great coach to many more, loving father and husband.’”
DESCRIBE ARCHERY IN ONE WORD:
Watch Huston represent Great Britain at the Rio 2016 Olympics Games. Check out NBC’s full broadcasting schedule here, then tune into the archery action to see who brings home archery gold.