Brady Ellison has done it again. He won the Second Nomination Shoot of the 2012 U.S. Archery Olympic Trials. And he won by a lot. His final points at the end of the second nomination shoot were 82. His closest competitor, Jake Kaminski, finished with 72 points. Ellison also won the First Nomination Shoot of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, held September 28 through October 1, 2011; he finished that round 3.75 points in front of Mr. Kaminski. (Kaminski was Ellison's closest competitor during the first nomination shoot also.) After completion of the first two nomination shoots, Brady Ellison's 13.75 point lead over his closest competitor certainly takes a little pressure off of the third and final U.S. Olympic qualifying archery event. While highly unlikely, the rest of the world archers would likely welcome an unexpected fall of this remarkable young man during the Third Nomination Shoot of the U.S. Archery Olympic Trials; Brady holds the number one world rank spot by 91.5 points. It is exciting to have an athlete from the U.S.A. hold the number one spot; since winning a silver medal at the 2000 Olympic Games, the U.S.A. men's archery team has come up dry in Olympic medals.* Enter Brady Ellison.
Brady owned his first bow when he was seven; he used a compound bow to hunt with his dad. He started winning shooting competitions by the time he was 12 years old. Five years later, he broke his compound bow during a shooting camp. He borrowed a recurve bow. According to an interview that he gave Hoyt Archery, he didn't shoot too well with the recurve. Still, coaches planted the bug in Brady's mind that he should make the switch to the recurve; 70-meter target shooting with a recurve bow is the only archery sport offered in the Olympics. A few months later, Brady made the switch. Two years later, he earned a spot on the 2008 U.S.A. Olympic Archery team. He finished 27th at the 2008 Olympic Games. Four years later, he won the 2010 Archery World Cup. He became the first person to win two consecutive Archery World Cups when he again won the World Cup in 2011. And in 2012, he became the first person to win three consecutive stages of the Archery World Cup; perhaps he'll break his record and become the first person to win three consecutive Archery World Cups during Stage Three Competition of the 2012 Archery World Cup to be held in Ogden, Utah from June 18 through 24.
Brady Ellison went from hunting with his compound bow to learning how to shoot a recurve bow. Now he is the guy to beat on the world stage of archery. This summer, it is hoped that this talented young man will bring the U.S.A. back to number one in Olympic archery.
*The U.S.A. men used to dominate Olympic archery. A U.S.A. gold medal was earned in every Olympic Games that they participated in between 1972 and 1988. (The U.S. banned the 1980 Olympics so no medal was won in 1980) The U.S.A. won gold at the 1996 Olympics Games and a silver medal at the 2000 Olympics Games.
Satchel and her family have a makeshift archery range in their backyard. (The range has been approved by their neighbors. Strict safety rules are adhered to!) They love watching and participating in this beautiful sport. Thank you for reading this article. For more content from Satchel, visit www.satchelford.com.More from this contributor: