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Schloesser is ready for the World Cup Final

Friday, September 28, 2018

Mike Schloesser (24) is in in the World Cup Finals for the fourth time in his career. Schloesser won the tournament in 2016, but in the past two years ‘Mr. Perfect’ was not able to repeat that success. The lost finals, however, do not provide him with extra motivation. Schloesser: "I know how beautiful it is to win. That is giving me the motivation, not the two lost finals.”

The year 2018 could hardly be any better for Schloesser. The Dutch compound archer became indoor world champion in Yankton (USA) in February and won two of the three World Cups in which he participated this outdoor season. To his own surprise, a fourth title was added this month. Not the European championships in the Polish Legnica where the Limburger was one of the favorites, but the world championships field in the Italian Cortina d'Ampezzo. "Between the two tournaments, I had only in 1.5 day to train in the field. Of course I had shot in the field before, but almost always at known distances. At the moment I made it to the cut, I knew I was able to surprise. But I certainly did not expect to win."

Training in the back yard

Schloesser finished a unique trilogy by winning the world championships field in Cortina. He became only the second compound archer in history who won field, indoor and outdoor world titles. And then to think that Schloesser was mainly in Italy to learn. "In the field, the circumstances are different than I am used to, it is a very different mindset. It helps to become a better archer." It is typical for Schloesser, who is almost always busy to improve himself. Together with his girlfriend - the Mexican recurve archer Gabriela Bayardo - the number one in the world trains for almost every day in the backyard of their house in The Netherlands. "We can motivate each other very well and learn a lot from each other. It does not matter that the one shoots recurve and the other compound. We already did many tournaments together and now we shoot for the same country as well. That is really nice of course." 

World Championships on home soil

With the World Cup final in Samsun approaching, Schloesser’s training intensity was increased even further. Last week’s training program included video analysis, extra strength training and the preparation of the bows. And of course a lot of shooting. "Everything has to be 100%. It is against the best of the world, so one weak moment and you are out of it. But I think I'm ready", said the world number one, who almost immediately starts his indoor season after the World Cup finals in Turkey. His schedule does not give Schloesser much time to think about the ’s-Hertogenbosch 2019 Hyundai World Archery Championships. Schloesser: "I'm trying not to think about it yet. There are simply too many important matches in between. But when it's there, I'll make sure I'm ready. Off course It would be fantastic to become world champion on home soil."
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