Rio 2016: Meet the U.S. Olympic Archery Team – Archery 360

    Summer is heating up and so is the Olympic fanfare. With just a few weeks to go, world-class Olympic swimmers, gymnasts, hurdlers, shot putters and other athletes are fine-tuning their practice sessions in hopes of taking home gold. the United States. archery equipment is no exception.

    at the 2015 world archery championships in denmark, the u.s.a. women qualified for an individual slot and men qualified for a full team (three slots). At the time, slots were just that: open slots. the final stage of the u.s. the Olympic archery trials at the end of May sealed those spaces with names and faces.

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    The four-person Olympic archery team was determined after three grueling stages of competition that narrowed the field to 16 competitors for each gender, and then eight, before the official team was named. Brady Ellison, Zach Garrett, Jake Kaminski and Mackenzie Brown topped the leaderboard after Stage 3 and officially earned their tickets to the Rio 2016 Olympics.

    mackenzie brown, the girl on fire

    21-year-old mackenzie brown hails from flint, texas and is ranked No. 1. 4 in the world. She was introduced to archery by the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP). At the time, she competed in swimming and, according to Kathy White of the Easton Foundation, she hoped to eventually make the Olympic swim team. But with her newfound love and her success in archery, Brown set a new goal: to make the Olympic archery team. “I already had that (Olympic) goal with swimming, so I just transferred it to archery,” Brown told White.

    She’s been on fire ever since. Brown’s early success at the regional level sealed her spot on Joad’s dream team and offered him a sneak peek into her life as an Olympian. More recently, at the World Cup in Poland, she earned the nickname “girl on fire,” a nod to heroine and goalkeeper Katniss Everdeen from “The Hunger Games.” The DJ played the Alicia Keys song with that title as Brown approached the podium to claim her gold medal, and her nickname stuck.

    “Actually, I quite like it,” Brown told USA Archery. “He was a fan of ‘The Hunger Games’ because he read the books. it’s great that people see my name as the girl on fire and also take an interest in archery, even if it’s from ‘the hunger games’. any interest in archery is good for our sport.”

    brown won the bronze medal in the river trial event earlier this year. Does his success on the sambodrome herald Olympic dreams come true? we hope so. “this girl is on fire” and paving the way for u.s. archery olympic success uu.

    brady ellison, the golden boy

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    Brady Ellison, 27, two-time Olympian, Olympic medalist, world no. 4 archer in the world and one of the most formidable competitors in archery in recent years. He received his first compound bow from him at age 7 and shot his first bear at 11. Two years later, Ellison entered the competitive archery circuit, shooting his compound in 3D tournaments. /p>

    He won several golds in 3d, but a mishap in 2005 catapulted him to recurve success. When he broke the string on his compound bow, Ellison borrowed a friend’s recurve bow and was soon chasing Olympic dreams.

    In 2006, he moved to Chula Vista, California to live and train at the Olympic Training Center. his natural talent with a recurve bow put him on the fast track to success. he got first place in the u.s. Olympic archery trials and made his first Olympic appearance at the 2008 Beijing Games.

    ellison was ranked no. 1 entering beijing, but finished 27th individually. Four years later, his marksmanship contributed to the United States team’s silver medal at the London Games. Overall, Ellison boasts an incredible Olympic silver, multiple World Cup gold medals, four Pan Am gold medals, and a consistent top 10 world ranking since 2009. What bullying?

    In other words, Ellison enjoys consistent success. Viewers are hoping this fan favorite will bring home another Olympic medal and a third Olympic tattoo.

    jake kaminski: “I am”

    “I am” is tattooed on Jake Kaminski’s hand to remind him of who he wants to be, no matter the challenge. Kaminski shared his “early story” of archery and the meaning behind his tattoo in a 2012 interview with Kellogg’s. His archery journey began at age 5 when his father won him a compound bow in a raffle. At 7, Jake set his sights on him at the Olympics and received a recurve bow.

    kaminski started out in youth leagues near his hometown of elma, new york, eventually moving on to train full time at the olympic training center in chula vista. his hard work paid off with a team silver medal at the 2012 olympics; and gold medals at the 2014 arizona cup, 2014 pan am championships, 2013 world championships, 2012 world indoor championships, 2012 field archery national championships, 2011 pan am games and more .

    kaminski acknowledges the sacrifices others made to encourage and support his Olympic dreams. In a 2012 Huffington Post blog post, Kaminski gave his hometown a big “thank you” for his years of sacrifice and support.

    “Over the years, I have signed with several different companies as sponsors to help support me in archery; everything from bows to the accessories and the tools used to put them together,” said kaminski. he took the opportunity to return the favor and donated $18,000 worth of equipment to his hometown joad club. “As time goes on, things get old-fashioned or worn-out for an elite goalie, but it’s fresh and new for the new and up-and-coming in the sport.”

    Kaminski’s desire to give back and encourage others should come in handy as the men’s team welcomes newcomer Zach Garrett to the Olympic ranks.

    zach garrett, the new kid on the block

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    zach garrett, 21, is ranked no. 5 in the world. The Missouri native received his first bow, a hand-carved stick bow from his grandfather, when he was 4 years old. According to the Kansas City star, Garrett attended his first 4-hour club tournament at age 8 and competed in a national tournament at 14. His mother, Robin Garrett, shared her son’s archery story, noting that he was a perfectionist with Olympic goals at a young age.

    garrett’s drive and determination led him to the joad program in springfield, missouri, which was about three hours away. “Two or three times a month for about a year, Robin Garrett took his son and daughter from Wellington to Springfield for a weekend tutelage that began by taking Zach Garrett’s bow out and making him work with a rubber band,” he wrote. wow gregorian. for the kansas city star.

    Shortly after graduating from high school in 2013, Garrett moved to the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, where he further honed his shooting and mental game. After three years of training as a resident, Garrett’s solid technique and mental clarity under pressure helped him make the Olympic team. he now he has a new target.

    “I won’t feel accomplished…until I and my teammates are on the podium,” Garrett told the Kansas City star after making the Olympic team. “(Today) is only half way to the finish line.”

    The four members of the Olympic team are stationed at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. “We have a strong team compared to other Olympics because we selected the best archers through this testing process,” national head coach Kisik Lee told USA Archery. “They are getting stronger and stronger day by day.”

    kaminski also talked about usa archery. uu. and he highlighted the unwavering dedication of each archer over the last four years. “It’s a long road, it’s not, as they say, every four years, it’s every day and that’s the truth,” Kaminski told USA Archery. “it is an honor to be part of my second consecutive team and i am proud to represent the usa. uu. in river”.

    the rio 2016 games start in august. 5. For live coverage, follow Team USA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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