Our Take

Local archer goes from protecting chickens to World Cup in Paris

Posted December 7, 2012

Christine Harrelson's path to greatness in archery had fairly humble beginnings.

“We had chickens, and we started to have a predator problem,” Harrelson said. “To keep the chickens safe, I picked up a bow and arrow and the problem was solved.”

With a used bow she found on Craigslist, Harrelson then started aiming at much more challenging targets - and hitting them.

“You are talking about target sizes (about four inches around),” Harrelson said. “But then, my husband, being very competitive, said, ‘okay hotshot,’ and he put up a sticker that usually goes over a bullet target. I drilled it, it was perfectly in the center of a dime-sized black sticker and that’s when we were all like, ‘whoa.”

Harrelson on archery's world stage after just six months Medlin: Harrelson on archery's world stage after just six months

And things took off from there.

After taking her first shot this August, Harrelson upgraded her equipment and her game. She won the first tournament she entered.

The better she got, the more daring the targets. In a YouTube video shot by her husband, Harrelson threaded a wedding ring from across a gym floor.

“I wasn’t nervous at all believe it or not,” Harrelson’s husband Chad said. “I’ve seen her shoot enough times that I know she never misses outside of an area (a couple inches big). For me to be three feet away, I may as well be in the parking lot.”

Harrelson is now heading for the Indoor World Cup with stops in Paris and Las Vegas in the next two months. Impressive considering this has all happened in less than six months.

“I’ve got a husband and five children, I’m 36 years old,” Harrelson said. “I never expected to find a talent at this stage of my life. Now that I’ve found it, I’m hanging on to it. I would tell people, it’s never too late, there is never a dream that is too big.”

2 Comments

Please with your WRAL.com account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • carrboroyouth Dec 8, 2012

    I think she is amazing!!

  • StunGunn Dec 7, 2012

    Saw this on the news tonight. I thought her husband better be on his best behavior, because she could neuter him in one shot.

  • FA Cup Final: Arsenal v. Chelsea

    Tomorrow at 12:00 pm on FOX50

  • Senior PGA Championship

    Tomorrow at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Tennis: French Open

    Sunday at 12:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Senior PGA Championship

    Sunday at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Soccer: North Carolina FC @ Jacksonville

    Sunday at 4:00 pm on WRAL-2

  • NASCAR: Coca-Cola 600

    Sunday at 6:00 pm on FOX50

  • Senior PGA Championship

    Monday at 12:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Stanley Cup: Nashville at Pittsburgh

    Monday at 8:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Indianapolis 500

    Sunday at 11:00 am on 99.9 The Fan

  • NASCAR: Coca-Cola 600

    Sunday at 6:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • MLB: Washington at San Francisco

    Monday at 3:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • Stanley Cup: Nashville at Pittsburgh

    Monday at 8:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

NBA Scoreboard
Thursday, Jun 1
Cleveland 6:00 PT7:00 MT8:00 CT9:00 ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 MST8:00 EST5:00 UAE (+1)03:0021:00 ET8:00 CTNaN:�
Golden State 
NHL Scoreboard
Monday, May 29
Nashville 5:00 PT6:00 MT7:00 CT8:00 ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 MST7:00 EST4:00 UAE (+1)20:00 ETNaN:� BRT
Pittsburgh 
DEAN & DELUCA (PGA)
PosNameScoreThru
1tD. Lee-618
1tS. Piercy-618
1tW. Simpson-618
1tK. Kisner-618
5tP. Casey-518
5tS. Garcia-518
5tS. O'Hair-518
5tJ. Rahm-518
9G. McDowell-418
10T. Finau-318
View Full Leaderboard
 
Volvik Champ (LPGA)
PosNameScoreThru
1S. Park-1218
2tM. Lee-1018
2tS. Pettersen-1018
4tL. Salas-918
4tC. Clanton-918
4tS. Feng-918
4tJ. Song-918
4tS. Smith-918
9J. Lee-818
10tB. Henderson-718
View Full Leaderboard
 
Sr PGA Champ (CHMP)
PosNameScoreThru
1B. Langer-1113
2V. Singh-1018
3B. Andrade-918
4tT. Lehman-816
4tS. McCarron-812
6D. Toms-716
7tM. Jimenez-618
7tL. Mize-618
9B. Estes-518
10tB. Jobe-418
View Full Leaderboard
 
ATP Scoreboard
Friday, May 26
Geneva Open (ATP)
Semifinals
(2) K. Nishikori4 6 3   
M. Zverev6 3 6   
(1) S. Wawrinka6 77    
A. Kuznetsov3 64    
 
Open Parc Lyon (ATP)
Semifinals
(2) J. Tsonga6 3 6   
N. Basilashvi2 6 1   
(1) M. Raonic65 62    
(3) T. Berdych77 77    
 
WTA Scoreboard
Friday, May 26
Internationaux Strasbourg (WTA)
Semifinals
(5) C. Garcia4 2    
(7) D. Gavrilova6 6    
(6) S. Stosur77 6    
(8) S. Peng60 4    
 
Nurnberger Versicherungsc (WTA)
Semifinals
(1) K. Bertens6 0    
M. Doi2 1    
B. Krejcikova6 4 6   
S. Cirstea4 6 0