Sulphur man medals at World Longbow Championship in Italy
SULPHUR, Okla. (KTEN) — Sulphur's Shiloh Butts took his archery talents halfway around the world to compete in the World Longbow Championship in Terni, Italy.
Butts, who was unranked, came home with bronze honors.
"Being on the team this time and making it... I was speechless," he said. "There was nothing I can really say to put in words the feeling of it."
Butts was one of three competitors from the U.S. vying for a top three spot at the international longbow competition. While the 34-year-old competitor is reaping the rewards of his hard work, the journey to earning a spot on Team U.S.A. wasn't easy.
"You know, the first time when I didn't make the team, it was heartbreaking... I'm not going to lie," he said. "I re-evaluated a lot of things, and how I went about my shooting processes. I got in touch with a coach and spent some time with him."
Once he felt he was ready, Butts made the trip to Kentucky to try out for the national team.
"Honestly, it didn't hit fully until I got my jersey," he said. "Seeing your name with 'United States of America' right there beside it knowing what you're representing."
While competing in Italy, Butts couldn't forget his Sooner State home.
"I mean, it just goes to show that a small town boy with big dreams can do something with it," he said.
Butts plans to keep the streak going in 2023, when he will again try out for Team U.S.A. The only difference in the next go-around is that he'll be going for gold!