Local Olympian returns home from Tokyo games

Conestoga Valley rising senior Casey Kaufhold returned from the Summer Olympics in Tokyo this week to a parade and hero’s welcome.

She may not have medaled in the games, but that doesn’t diminish the accomplishment of earning a berth at the highest level of competitive archery.

The women’s individual archery event was one of five archery events held at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. It was held at Yumenoshima Park featuring competitors from 40 nations, with each nation having up to three archers. Kaufhold ranked 17th out of 64 archers, with South Korea taking all three medals. The top US competitor came in fifth place. She also participated in the women’s team competition where the US ranked eighth.

Casey picked up her first bow at the age of two with her parents who own a Lancaster-based archery supply business. She began competing nationally at 11. Olympic archer Casey Kaufhold appears on Smart Talk Monday to share highlights of her Olympic experience.