West Hollywood resident Khatuna Lorig is scheduled to begin competing in her fifth Olympics today, seeking to win the United States' first medal in women's archery since 1988.
"Khatuna is in better condition than any other Olympian on the team," USA Archery coach Kisik Lee told NBC4. "She is very strong mentally and physically. She has really been a great addition for us."
The 38-year-old Lorig will compete in the women's individual ranking round at Lord's Cricket Ground in London, where the field of 64 will be ranked.
The event will resume Monday with individual match play, where a loss eliminates the competitor.
The field will be reduced to 16 at the completion of Wednesday's competition. The round of 16, quarterfinals, semifinals and medal round will all be held Thursday.
Lorig finished fifth in the event in the 2008 Olympics, the best performance by a U.S. archer, male or female.
She is also scheduled to compete in the women's team event, which begins Sunday.
Lorig qualified for the London Olympics thanks to the U.S. winning the team competition at the Final Olympic Qualification Tournament on June 21 in Ogden, Utah. This is the first time the U.S. has qualified a full team for women's archery since the 2004 Olympics.
Lorig won a bronze medal in the team event in 1992, competing for the Unified Team, as the team representing 12 of the republics of the former Soviet Union was known.
She competed for her native Georgia in the 1996 and 2000 Olympics and became a U.S. citizen in 2007, 12 years after moving to America.
Lorig taught Jennifer Lawrence how to shoot for the film The Hunger Games.