Three-time Olympian Juan Carlos Stevens announces retirement
Juan Carlos Stevens, who has been a member of the Cuban national team for more than three decades, has officially announced his retirement from competitive action with the recurve.
“I am taking lots of great moments from my archery career and I made many friends all over the world,” said Stevens upon his retirement. “I am very pleased with the results I achieved for archery in my country and for my contribution to helping younger archers grow as we competed together nationally and internationally.”
The 53-year-old started archery in 1987 and made his debut for Cuba five years later in 1992. He went on to appear, and win, at numerous competitions across the world.
“Retiring after so many years as an active archer makes me feel like there is something missing in my life, in my daily routine, but I will now embark on a more challenging task: teaching other archers what I learnt over the years,” he said.
“My most immediate involvement with archery will be coaching Cuban para archers as they prepare for the 2022 Parapan American Championships.”
Those archers will be working with an archer of boundless international experience.
Stevens competed at six World Archery Championships (1997, 1999, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2017), two World Archery Indoor Championships (1997 and 1999) and eight stages of the Hyundai Archery World Cup, the most recent coming in Medellin in 2019.
At the continental level, he was the individual and team Pan American Champion in 1998 and won medals at the Pan American Games (1999, 2007, 2011) and Central American and Caribbean Games (1993, 1998, 2006).
Stevens was a 10-time (eight outdoor, two indoor) Cuban national championship winner, collecting a further seven silver and four bronze medals. He also set 36 individual and 16 team national records.
On his retirement, he was ranked 258th in the world – but had ranked as high as 17th back in July 2009.