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Yankton archery facility makes a bid for junior Olympic precursor to Rio 2016


YANKTON, South Dakota (KTIV) - Simply getting to the Rio Olympics in 2016 may sound like a huge feat, let alone auditioning to compete in them.

But qualifying for those Olympics may, at least, happen a little closer to home than you might think.

The Easton Yankton Archery Center in Yankton, South Dakota, submitted a bid Wednesday to host the archery portion of the Junior Olympics in 2015, where many 2016 Olympic hopefuls will try their hand at qualifying.

World Archery hosts its Junior Olympic games in cities all over the globe.

National Field Archery Association president and Easton Yankton Archery facility manager Bruce Cull says they're competing against some big cities in exotic places, but he really thinks they have a good shot.

"The safety, the Midwestern hospitality, the multi-states here that we call home just have a whole different lifestyle than those big cities do, and I think that's something an international organization likes to look at and say, 'Hey, these kids are going to be safe,'" Cull said.

The bid includes the facility's plans for hosting the roughly 700 Olympic archery hopefuls, as well as logistics for lodging and other amenities.

Cull says the plans will cost a lot of money, but should they get the bid, they're confident the local sponsors will pull through, because the economic impact on the Yankton area will be so huge.

"It doesn't take much to figure this out, that this is all money coming right back in to all of those entities. It's huge economic impact; in fact, I don't know that anybody could tell you the numbers because nobody has dealt with it. Nobody in this area has dealt with these types of numbers," Cull said.

There's no set date for the announcement of the 2015 site, but Cull says they hope to hear before the end of April.

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