Here is what the finalists said at the end of the finals of the Meteksan World Cup Stage 1 in Santo Domingo.
Natalia Valeeva (ITA)
I had to adapt to the wind. I had to shot even quicker than usual. I am very happy to start my season like this! A win is always good to take. I hope it predicts a successful season.
Jamie Van Natta (USA)
The wind was much stronger in the competition field than in the warm-up area. After my 7-8, I just decided to shoot strong shots not to guess where I should aim with the wind. I thought if I shoot with a strong technique, there will be enough arrows going through the wind and reaching the 10 ring. That was enough to win this match since my opponent also dropped a lot of points at the beginning. I now hope for a long and successful season in the World Cup.
Amandine Bouillot (FRA)
I released it well, but my shoot-off arrow caught the wind and went up high in the 8. I had a couple of mistakes during the match but overall I shot well. My opponent just hung tough and won at the end. I am still very happy as this 4th place is my best result in the World Cup. It should give me confidence for the rest of the season.
Compound Women Team
Sofia Goncharova (RUS)
When Anna (Kazantseva) is here, she leads the shooting order and I finish it. However, in Anna’s absence, my team-mate decided that I should lead the shooting order and they hoped I would give us a good start. Overall, it worked out well. We managed to keep focus in the last end and this is when we made the difference to clinch this team gold medal. I believe I have shot in every World Cup final field. This one was really nice, but I still prefer the ones where I have won my biggest titles. So the pyramids in Mayapan in 2006 and Madrid, back in 2005, are truly great memories. In terms of the field, the platform on the lake for the Dubai World Cup Final in 2007 was really special too.
Linda Ochoa (MEX)
I was shaking during that shoot-off of the bronze match. Twice I was the last archer and I had to shoot a 10 with a few seconds left on the clock to either keep the match alive or to win it. The first time, I was actually afraid the arrow would go too high and I had missed the 10. The second time, my coach was counting down the seconds: 5,4,3,2… so I absolutely had to let go. However, this time I was confident I would reach the 10 ring and we won the match!