Champion archer Denise Parker, 15, who won a bronze medal at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, Korea, and who was the youngest American to compete in the Games, is busy writing a book about her experiences and hopes to complete it this summer.
While archery, which she started five years ago, will be the focus of her biography, Denise says she also is writing about the support her parents have given her and many of the childhood experiences she has had that have helped to make her one of the top women athletes in the United States.A ninth-grader at Bingham Middle School, Copperton, Denise plays guard and wing on the Bingham High School sophomore girls basketball team and enjoys soccer, skiing, hunting, hiking and many other sports.
Her idol, she says, is archer Luann Ryon, the 1972 Olympic gold medalist who, Denise says, "is always smiling. After she shoots, she smiles, no matter what her score."
Among the topics she is writing about in her book, in addition to stories about archery competition, are how she managed to keep from becoming a ballet dancer and persuaded her mother, Valerie, to become interested in soccer; how she shot a deer with a bow and arrow while hunting with her stepfather, Earl; living with braces on her teeth and how she made a television commercial for Crest toothpaste; her appearance on the Johnny Carson show; her experiences with fans and fan mail; and some of her thoughts about boys.
"I don't have a boyfriend," she said. "I am looking around, though. "Mostly, boys are a pain," she said, grinning.