Thursday, September 27, 2012

Olympic Archer and Modern Mom Khatuna Lourig aims for the Bullseye

As we learn through our Olympic Modern Mom series, being a mom isn't easy.  It's a challenge to balance duties and still achieve personal goals.  But it's more than possible.  Every day and around the world mothers are beating the odds to keep everyone happy -- including themselves.  Today we showcase Olympic Archer Khatuna Lourig who didn't let location, ability or time stop her from being the best she could be.

Although originally from the Republic of Georgia, Olympian Khatuna Lourig moved to America to continue her career as an archer. She has only been a naturalized U.S. citizen since competing in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing but her impressive achievements began long before then. 

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Lourig's streak of successes began when she earned individual bronze as well as team gold medals at the 1992 European Championships in Malta. She competed for the United Team at the 1992 Olympics, earning a bronze medal in the women's team. 

Her victories continued when she competed at the 1996 Olympics and the 2000 Olympics. Becoming a U.S. citizen allowed her to be qualified for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, where she just narrowly lost to Yun Ok-Hee. 

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Another recent accomplishment Lorig is proud of is becoming Jennifer Lawrence's teacher for the very popular film Hunger Games. 

But the accomplishment she is most proud of is her role as a mother of her 19-year-old son, Levan. Inspired by his mother, Levan has also followed in her footsteps as an archer- maybe one day becoming an Olympic athlete himself! 

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