The only Olympic medalist in Livingston County history is Debra Ochs, the Howell High School grad who won a bronze medal in team archery at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.
And now, exactly 30 years later, she’s back on the international stage, competing in archery once again.
Ochs is competing this week at the 2018 World Archery Masters Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland, as part of Team USA.
According to this article on WorldArchery.com, Ochs earned her spot on Team USA after winning a silver and bronze medal at the USA Nationals earlier in the month.
In the 1980s, Ochs was one of the best archers in the world, winning both an Olympic silver medal and a Pan-Am Games silver medal. She was hailed as a hero in her hometown after her Olympic performance, as Howell threw her a huge party at the Livingston County Courthouse in the fall of 1988.
After taking a few years off from the sport to raise a family, she’s been back at it for several years, and once again, she’s become one of the best archers in the world.
She told World Archery, “This is a new adventure. It gives me that drive to achieve more.”