Ex-Trojan archer poised for Olympic gold

first_imgFor most Americans, their exposure to archery is limited to the four-year summer Olympic cycles. But on Sept. 10, a team USA and former USC archer dramatically captured a gold medal during the fourth stage of the Archery World Cup in Shanghai, making Joe Fanchin one of the rising stars in the world of archery.On target · Former USC standout Joe Fanchin is preparing for a chance to represent the United States during the 2012 London Olympics. – Photo courtesy of World ArcheryFanchin defeated Malaysian archer Khairul Anuar Mohamad to win the recurve men individual gold medal in a sudden-death shoot off.“He was good, but I could shoot better than him,” Fanchin said. “You can make a couple mistakes, [but] the match isn’t over until it’s all the way over. I still knew that I would shoot well and that I was [going to] win.”Fanchin’s journey, however, began years before his latest performance.Fanchin began practicing archery before he turned 10 years old, as his uncle, Ed Fanchin, was a bow hunter who owned acres of land in the Corona, Calif., area. The young Fanchin learned the sport by shooting a toy bow on his uncle’s property.Fanchin, however, didn’t see archery as anything more than a hobby — at least initially. He primarily shot in recreational competitions in high school. Not until he began looking at colleges did he consider the idea of pursuing archery competitively.“When I was looking at colleges, I did want to join one that had an archery club,” Fanchin said. “I knew once I got [here] USC had one, and I joined up right way. It was really small back then when we shot out at a field archery range in Pasadena.”After Fanchin joined USC in 2006, he surprised himself.  In 2007, the West Regional Collegiate Championships were held at Arizona State. Fanchin was, admittedly, surprised at the results. He won.“No one at our school had ever won something that big,” he said. “I shot pretty good, but I didn’t expect to win at all. It was kind of an eye opener as far as being able to be good at archery and go far with it.”After the tournament, he attended the national championships in Illinois, where he finished fifth overall and earned All-American honors. Following that solid performance, Fanchin began perfecting his archery more during summers. Because he was unable to practice at a traditional archery range, as there were none near his home in Oceanside, Calif., Fanchin set up a target in his garage to build strength and perfect his technique.Throughout his final year at USC, Fanchin competed in different competitions to raise his national ranking to be accepted into the year-round U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., just outside of San Diego.Last month, Fanchin participated in the third stage of the Archery World Cup in Ogden, Utah. Fanchin collected two gold medals and a bronze as a part of Team USA. But Fanchin’s true individual test came in Shanghai.Fanchin went up 2-0 early, but Mohamad fought back to tie it at two apiece. Fanchin then shot strong and moved his advantage to 4-2, but once again, Mohamad shot better and tied the match at 5-5.“I was a little bummed out it didn’t work out quite as well early on, but I was still pretty confident at that point that I would win,” Fanchin said of the late stages in the match.He shot a 10 on his next shot. For Mohamad to win, he would have needed to hit another 10. Mohamad pulled back and fired. His score was a nine.Later this month, Fanchin will be part of the team trying to take home the gold hardware at the World Cup final in Istanbul and he feels like his team’s chances are good.“My teammate Brady [Ellison] won the World Cup Final last year, which was a pretty big step for him and our country,” Fanchin said. “So he will be there as the number one ranked archer; he won the first three World Cups this year. I’m ranked second,  and I’m happy with that seed. I think it will work out well.”Though Fanchin is looking ahead 11 months to archery’s biggest stage, the Olympics, he doesn’t want to stray away from his current goals: performing well at the World Cup Final and Olympic qualifying, which begins a week after the Istanbul tournament.As the No. 6 archer in the world according to Federation Internationale de Tir l’Arc, anything less than winning gold in London next summer will be a disappointment for Fanchin.“The Olympics is really big,” Fanchin said. “I would like to win the Olympics, but right now my focus is on putting together the best archery game I can for every tournament.”last_img read more

49ers vs. Rams odds, prediction, betting trends for Saturday night football game

first_imgHere’s everything to know about betting on 49ers vs. Rams in Week 16, including updated odds, trends and our prediction for the Saturday night football game.MORE: Get the latest NFL odds & betting trends at Sports Insider49ers vs. Rams odds for ‘Saturday Night Football’San Francisco 49ers -6.5 vs. Los Angeles Rams, O/U 44The spread has not moved since the line opened on Sunday night, but the total has fallen by a significant margin. Originally, the total was set at 46.5, and that has steadily dropped to 44.49ers vs. Rams all-time seriesSan Francisco has a slight historical edge over its NFC West rival. The 49ers lead the all-time series with the Rams 70-67-3, and they won a whopping 17 straight games during the 1990s. Earlier in the season, San Francisco’s defense came up huge to lead the Niners past the Rams 20-7, allowing Sean McVay’s offense to compile just 10 first downs and 157 total yards.Four trends to know— Almost two-thirds of bettors like San Francisco to cover on Saturday night.— Sharp money is on the under as 66 percent of bets have come in on the over, but the line has continued to drop.— The Rams are 7-2 ATS in their last nine road games, but they are 22-46 ATS in their last 68 road games against a team with a winning home record— San Francisco is 7-18-1 ATS in its last 26 games as a favorite and 2-7-1 ATS in its last 10 games against division opponents.Three things to watchSan Francisco’s run defenseThe 49ers have had one of the best defenses in the NFL for most of the season, but the run defense has struggled the last few weeks. The loss of linebacker Kwon Alexander and nose tackle D.J. Jones made this front seven easier to run on, and San Francisco is now allowing 4.6 YPC. Starters strong safety Jaquiski Tartt and defensive end Dee Ford will miss this game due to injury as well, so Todd Gurley and the Rams could find success running the ball.The reigning NFL Defensive Player of the YearAaron Donald has won the last two Defensive Player of the Year awards, and he is having another stellar season. Donald has 11 sacks and 22 tackles for loss in 2019, and his play has opened things up for teammates like Dante Fowler Jr. and Clay Matthews. Opponents constantly double team Donald since he is the most disruptive player in the NFL, but if he can make his impact felt, the Rams could pull off the upset.LA’s receiversThe Rams boast one of the best receiving trios in the league. Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods will both be 1,000-yard receivers if they stay healthy, and Brandin Cooks remains a solid deep threat when he’s on the field. Kupp and Woods have been targeted a combined 236 times, and Jared Goff will constantly be looking their way. The San Francisco 49ers (11-3) surrendered control of the NFC with a loss at home to the Atlanta Falcons last week. That loss put the 49ers behind the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West, and a second loss to Seattle in Week 17 would send San Francisco on the road for the first round of the playoffs. The 49ers’ attention is on the Los Angeles Rams (8-6) this week though, and a win would put them in position to potentially secure the No. 1 seed in the postseason in their season finale.As for the Rams, they still have a slim chance of making the playoffs, but they need to win out and Minnesota to lose its final two games to sneak into the postseason. The Rams will be favored by more than a touchdown next week against the Arizona Cardinals if they upset the 49ers, and the Vikings have losable games against Green Bay and Chicago to end the year. Player to watchGeorge Kittle is the best all-around tight end in the NFL. Kittle is a devastating run blocker that is constantly finishing his blocks with authority, and he is an excellent pass catcher too. He is coming off his best game of the season last week against Atlanta, and he is the most important person on this offense outside Jimmy Garoppolo.49ers vs. Rams predictionLos Angeles is a live dog in this game due to San Francisco’s injuries. The Rams have a real shot at pulling off the upset, but they don’t have a linebacker that can match up against Kittle. Look for him to be the difference maker.49ers 24, Rams 21last_img read more


first_imgNew Releases: The Wedding Ringer and The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel are among some of the new releases at Eclipse Cinemas.The popular cinema located in Lifford/Strabane is also screening some modern day classics like Mama Mia (2008).Details on the new releases are outlined below. The Wedding RingerTwo weeks shy of his wedding, a socially awkward guy enters into a charade by hiring the owner of a company that provides best men for grooms in need.Released 20th Feb: Certificate 15A: Run Time 102minshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3TeI9jPPuA The Second Best Exotic Marigold HotelThe Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the expansionist dream of Sonny (Dev Patel), and it’s making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina (Tina Desai).Released 26th Feb: Certificate PG: Run Time 110minhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3REYWGRmLnQAlso Showing Fifty Shades of Grey, Project Almanac, Peppa Pig, Shaun the Sheep, Theory of Everything, Selma, Jupiter Ascending, The Interview, Big Hero 6, American Sniper, Into the Woods, Annie, Tinkerbell: Legend of the Neverbeast, PaddingtonGet all our times at www.eclipsecinemas.comEclipse ClassicsMonday 23rd Feb @ 8pm Mamma Mia (2008) NEW RELEASE: THE WEDDING RINGER NOW SHOWING AT ECLIPSE CINEMAS was last modified: February 18th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Eclipse CinemasEntertainmentFeaturesNoticeslast_img read more