LEEK HONORED: Dowling Recognizes Olympic Alum

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Olympic archer Miranda Leek graduated from West Des Moines’ Dowling Catholic High School a year ago, and Thursday night the school honored her accomplishments at the Dowling fall sports rally.

She just returned from the London Olympics where she advanced through archery’s first round, but did not shoot her way to a medal against more experienced archers.

Miranda says she’s already targeting the Rio games in 2016.  

“That was really cool. Coming back to Dowling was a great experience. To see everyone here to see some familiar faces it’s always fun. London really lit that spark. This year I was really worried about making the Olympic team, going to the Olympic games, trying to make an Olympic debut for myself, I guess you could say. Now that I’ve seen so many athletes take home their medals and hear their stories it’s really inspirational. It makes me want to go get my own in Rio, so I’ll be working hard,” says Leek.

Miranda leek has excelled at archery for 14 years. She’s only 19-years-old.