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Actress goes archer

Geena Davis in Olympic archery semifinals

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Posted: Thursday August 05, 1999 12:46 PM


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Oscar-winning actress Geena Davis, one of the nation's best with a bow-and-arrow, is a women's Olympic archery team finalist.

"Yes, Geena Davis is one of the top 32," National Archery Association spokeswoman Kathleen Frazier confirmed Thursday.

Outside of the competitors, apparently no one noticed the "Thelma & Louise" star was advancing through the ranks of Olympic hopefuls.

"She just wants to keep a low profile," Frazier said.

Davis, who won the supporting actress Academy Award for the 1988 movie "The Accidental Tourist," was one of 300 women competing July 12-16 in Oxford, Ohio, for a semifinals berth.

The Aug. 22-24 finals in Bloomfield, N.J., will determine three slots, plus an alternate, on the U.S. Olympics team.

Paul Bloch, publicist for the actress, wouldn't comment on her archery skills.

The 1996 gold medal wins of American archer Justin Huish in Atlanta inspired Miss Davis, a source close to the actress, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press.

Huish became the first American archer to win two gold medals in the same Olympics when he took home the top prize in the men's individual as well as a team gold.

"She was watching the Olympics and she got into it about two years ago. She took lessons and she practices five hours a day, every day," the source said.

Davis' movie credits include "Beetlejuice," "Earth Girls Are Easy," "The Fly" and "A League of Their Own." She stars in the fall release of the film "Stuart Little."

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