Anna Miscione, 14, is a nationally-ranked archer from Ramona. NBC 7's Nicole Gonzales talks to the teen about her unique sporting talent and her dreams of competing in the 2016 Olympics.
A local archer from Ramona has her eyes set on the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Anna Miscione, 14, has big dreams thanks to her unique talent: archery.
The Ramona teen started her arching career when she was just eight years old. By 11, she had made the U.S. Junior Dream Team and was the youngest of 25 members on the squad.
“[Archery is] kind of my life. I put so much effort into it. I never want to give up. My dream is to go to the 2016 Olympics,” Miscione told NBC 7 San Diego.
The teen’s talent certainly takes a lot of time and dedication.
“It takes a lot of practice. I usually practice six days a week,” she explained.
Miscione shoots one to three hours each day at different ranges in Ramona.
A few times a week, she'll go to the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista.
It seems archery is the latest "it" sport these days -- at least in movies and pop culture, with recent films like "The Hunger Games" and "Brave" giving the old school sport a modern-day comeback.
Miscione likes the growing popularity of her favorite sport.
“People are like, 'Oh you do archery, that's so cool.' Everyone wants to know about it,” she said.
For the next two months – between archery practice, that is -- Miscione will be glued to the television watching her archery role models and friends compete in the 2012 London Olympics.
And, as Miscione visualizes Rio 2016, her family stands behind her.
“As long as it's her dream, we're right there to support her. That's our job as parents, to support the dreams as best we can for as long as she has them,” said her mother, Lisa Miscione.
Miscione received a Silver medal last week at the Junior Olympic Nationals. She’s looking forward to more competitions, all while attending Mater Dei Catholic High School in Chula Vista.