WEST POINT, N.Y., June 21, 2016 — Though she’s new to archery, Air Force 1st Lt. Sarah Frankosky earned a silver medal in the visually impaired archery category in the 2016 Department of Defense Warrior Games at the U.S. Military Academy here.
Since June 15, about 250 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans representing teams from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, U.S. Special Operations Command and United Kingdom armed forces have competed in shooting, archery, cycling, track and field, swimming, sitting volleyball and wheelchair basketball. The games end today.
Frankosky, a personnelist assigned to Joint Base San Antonio in Texas, said she was happy to be back at West Point, since she had visited it with her grandfather, who had attended the U.S. Military Academy and served in the Army Air Corps. She had never shot a bow until a few months ago at the Air Force trials.
“I shot completely horrible,” she recalled. “I would be excited if I hit the arrow into my own target, much less on the paper. I think I scored two points total for the whole week. Then they brought up the visually impaired archery, and when I got here, it was the first I tried it. And I scored a million times better here, completely blind.”
During the competition, Frankosky was blindfolded and had a stand set up with a screw where she would use her knuckles to feel where she would shoot…