CHULA VISTA, Calif. -- Lauren Clamon ranks 5th on the U.S. Olympic Trials ranking through Round 1 of the Archery Trials -- two spots, and two rounds, away from her Olympic dreams.
"It's really difficult," said Lauren. "I've been trying for the last four years. I'm still in 5th place right now. I just need to move up two more spots. It takes a lot of work to get where we are right now."
The Bonita Vista High School graduate found interest in archery at 11-years-old while playing a game at the Del Mar Fair and has been hooked ever since. While Clamon's passion for the sport grew, so did her commitment. She quickly started taking private lessons and joined the Road Runner Club. By the age of 13, she joined the Junior Dream Team, a special developmental program, and at the age of 14, she competed in the Olympic Trials just for fun.
"I just really love this sport, and I love competing," said Lauren.
The 18-year-old currently spends every day but Sunday at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center. After the 2016 Olympics, Lauren will attend MIT, where she says she will join the archery club.
The Chula Vista Olympic Training Center will host Round 2 of Olympic Trials from April 17-22. The top 8 from Round 2 continue to compete at Round 3, and the Olympic Team will be named following the third and final round.