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Geena Davis Opens Up About Almost Making It to the Olympics for Archery: 'There's Always 2020 in Tokyo!'

by Alex Ungerman 6:10 PM PDT, August 08, 2016
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Don't be surprised if you see Geena Davis shooting a bow at the 2020 Olympics!

As the world's best athletes compete at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, the 60-year-old actress opened up about her own Olympic past following the session for her new show, The Exorcist, at Fox’s Television Critics Association press day on Monday.

"I took up archery at 41, just on a whim and became obsessed with it," Davis shared, noting that she "trained and trained like crazy," to the point where she became a prospect for the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

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"I take everything too far," she added. "I'm at the Olympic trials in my forties for something I just took up!"

"It was the most out-of-body experience I’ve ever had," Davis admitted, saying that although the whole process made her "nervous," "It was fabulous. I will never forget about it."

So why isn't she in Rio right now??

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"I’m not competing currently," she said. "There’s always 2020 in Tokyo!"

Meanwhile, Davis -- who starred in the 1992 film, A League of Their Own, about an all-female baseball league -- also talked about Fox's upcoming series, Pitch, which features a female pitcher who becomes the first woman to play in the MLB.

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"I haven’t seen the show," Davis admitted, adding, "I love the idea."

"I’m so excited. I met the star [Kylie Bunbury] and we had a moment," she continued. "We both play baseball!"

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Davis has long been a strong advocate of breaking down gender barriers.

Watch the video below to see the actress discuss the need for an "overwhelming tipping point" in how society views the sexes.

Additional reporting by Philiana Ng

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