Jamie Van Natta

Jamie Van Natta

Career Highlights

  • World Field Champion 2008
  • World Cup Final Champion 2008
  • World Cup Final Champion 2012

World Ranking:

15th right now.

Years in Archery & on USAT

Shooting for 24 years.  On USAT (Junior and Senior) for 22 of those years

How you got your start in archery

I grew up in Michigan, so winters are cold. My father was a golfer who wanted something to do in the winter time and decided that archery was his new hobby.  I thought it looked like fun, so he enrolled me in an instructional league along with my little brother.  Two weeks later, he bought me a compound bow.  The rest is history.  I just took to it and haven't stopped since.

Mentor/Inspiration in archery

I find Michelle ragsdale to be the best archery inspiration for me. She shot for a lot of years, was well respected in the community and was an all around nice person -always willing to help.  I strive to be like her.

Sponsors

Easton, Hoyt, Doinker, Sure-Loc, specialty Archery Products, Viscosity Bow strings, Carter

Favorite place to shoot/Compete

Any World Archery Finals venue! And Redding of course.

Breakthrough moment in archery

I think this is a matter of perspective.  I have had many breakthroughs over the years, moments of incredible realization where I knew I could do anything.  The  first one was when I was young at NFAA Nationals in Louiseville, KY when I won my first national event against stiff competition.  The most recent was in Tokyo at the 2012 World Cup.  Every moment teaches you something different or speaks to you in a different way.

The Best shot you ever made

There are a couple of these as well.  The two that stand out are from the World Cup Final in Lausanne Switzerland in 2008 and from Redding several years ago.  In Lausanne, I was shooting for the gold medal.  There were 3 arrows left in the match, and I was down by two points.  In that situation, I pride myself on my ability to never give up.  I hsot three arrows into the 10 ring at 70M to win the match -all three were as perfect a shot as I have ever made.  I knew that I could not have possibly done any better.  In that case, it was enough.  My opponent did not shoot 10's, and I won.  At Redding, it was a slightly different story.  I was tied with Holly Larson at the end of the three days.  I don't remember if it was for the win or second or third, but it never matters in those on-arrow situations anyway.  We faced the Elk at 88yd for a closest to center shootoff.  Holly and I both shoot fast, and we pulled at the same time.  There was very little wind, but something didn't feel quite right with my shot, so I let it down.  Holly shot and hit as close to the center of the dot as I ahd ever seen.  The whole crowd gasped and clapped and cheered.  It was awesome, but I still had to shoot.  I was determined to hit Holly's arrow.  I pulled up and shot.  My arrow was within an inch of Holly's but not closer to the middle.  I was still super proud of that shot -even though I didn't win -becaues I fought hard and didn't give up.  I made the crowd gasp as well.

Birthday and Place/where you are based now

Born in Davisburg, MT March 31,  1978.  I live in Toledo, OH now.

What Easton means to you

When I first got started in archery, I was a kid with a ton of wins in a division where there weren't a lot of competitors.  Easton was one of the first companies that supported my archery career by providing me free product even as a teenager.  When I became a professional, Easton was one of my first companies to offer me an official contract.  You could say that Easton has been part of my support system and my success from the beginning.  Easton means history, consistency and success to me. 

When I’m not shooting, you can find me

Listening to an audiobook, play with or training my dog

Favorite food

My favorite food changes regularly.  Right now I would say that it is a nice rare steak.

When I’m on the shooting line,

My mental program is going through my head.

Tip for the average archer

Consistency is everything.  Eliminate inconsistency and you have a winning formula.

Favorite style of music and what’s on your playlist right now?

I listen to everything really.  Last thing I loaded to my iPhone is the latest Maroon 5 album.

Favorite movie

Lord of the Rings - All three.

Favorite TV show

I like comedies like Big Bang Theorgy and How I met Your Mother.  I also like crime drama like Bones, CSI, Law and Order, and almost everything on the Sci-Fi channel or revolves around vampires, warewolves, ghosts or post-apocalyptic worlds.  

Favorite book

Again this depends on the mood.  The Dark Tower series by Stephen King,  Odd Thomas series by Dean Koonts, Zombie Fallout series by Mark Tufo, 1984 by George Orwell

Names

Husband: Edmond Burgess
Dog: Modig (Norwegian Buhund)
Cats: Ophelia and Orion (pound kitties, no breeds)
Fish: so many that I just think of them as Legion.

Cars

I drive a 2002 Pontiac Bonneville and it's my dream car (sad but true).

If you could have “coffee” with anyone in history, who would it be?

Rene Descartes

Philosophy of life/motto

Live life with no regrets.  See and do as much as you can 'cause this world is bigger and more amazing than one person can encompass in a lifetime.  Never give up.