'Forgotten' Olympian

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Mon, July 30 2012 at 4:13 PM, Updated: Mon, July 30 2012 at 4:24 PM

Not everyone who has made the U.S. Olympic Team has made it to the Olympics...

Susie Youngdell still remembers getting the letter that the U.S. would be boycotting the Olympic games in Moscow...

"It was just, like somebody almost stabbed you in the heart."

Youngdell was at the top of her archery game.  "At the time in 1979, I had a ranking of number 5 in the world rankings." 

The boycott was sparked by Russia's invasion of Afganistan...

"I think we should have let the Russians have Afganistan, and maybe we wouldn't be having the problems we're having now."

Youngdell's passion for archery is still evident through her archery stores in Klamath Falls, and Keno.  "The retailing part is of course, a different world than competition."  Notes Youngdell.  "However, it's really helped on being able to instruct people, and get people started into archery."

Youngdell is still very good at what she does.  And, just how well would she have done at the Olympics?  Youngdell laughs:  "I don't know - I didn't get to go!"

While making the team, but not getting to go was a bittersweet experience, Youngdell isn't bitter.  "I don't think I would do anything different.  The experience in itself was well worth it."

And maybe, Youngdell can help to spark someone else's Olympic dream.

Youngdell was introduced to bow hunting and archery as a young girl by her family.  Her parents met a bow manufacturer at the 1972 games in Munich, which helped to put Susie Youngdell on the Olympic path.

About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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