Lisa Unruh started internationally in 2006, at the European Championships in 2006 she got the German team to fourth place. Unruh has won team medals at European and World Indoor Championships and World Cup stages, and an individual medal at the 2012 Indoor World Cup. In 2014, she qualified for the World Cup Final in Lausanne for the first time. Unruh represented Germany at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro winning the silver medal. Her Silver medal was the first Individual medal her country has ever won at the Olympic Games. In 2017, Unruh won the gold medal at The World Games 2017 in Wroclaw, Poland.
Women Fitness joins the Olympian for an interesting conversation about her passion for archery and how to make it big in this sport.
Starting off as a swimmer, you made a mark for yourself in the field of archery, what attracted you toward this sport?
Yes that’s true. I started as a swimmer and went to the sports school for better training conditions and better coaches.
But after nearly two years I wasn’t good enough to go further. My swimmer coach told my mother that the coaches from Archery are looking for new athletes and I could try it. So I tried it and I was so excited from this kind of sport. To have a bow in your hands and to try to shoot you arrows straight in the middle of the target was so cool and it made me completely happy. The fascination is the mix between mental strength, coordination and muscle power. If you control all these components you will be the best archer in the world.
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