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Who is... Brady Ellison

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Who is... Brady Ellison

Get to know U.S. archer Brady Ellison.

Brady Ellison is a top-ranked archer in the U.S. In 2012, he added an Olympic silver medal to his already impressive collection as he was part of the U.S. team that made it to the team finals. The Arizona native made his international debut in 2006. Ellison suffered from Perthes disease as a child, which forced him to wear leg braces for more than a year. However, it did not stop him from having an active childhood. Ellison got his first bow at the age of 7 and shot a bear while bow hunting when he was 11.

Archery beginnings
Ellison grew up shooting and hunting with compound bows in Arizona. He won multiple gold medals at the world championships in compound shooting, an event not included in the Olympic program. While at a training camp, Ellison broke the bowstring on his compound bow. Since he did not have a replacement, Ellison picked up a friend's recurve bow. After that, he decided to switch to recurve shooting with the goal of competing at the Olympics. When he first moved to the Olympic Training Center he was nicknamed "The Pup" because he was the youngest member of the team. 

Major competitions/medals
2007 Pan American Games, gold (team)
2011 Pan American Games, gold (team)
2011 Pan American Games, gold (individual)
2011 World Cup, gold (individual)
2012 World Cup, gold (mixed team)
2012 Olympic, silver (team)
2013 World Archery Championships, gold (team)
2014 World Cup, gold (individual)
2016 World Cup, gold (individual) 

Archery 101

Learn more about archery:

Basics | Competition format | Equipment | Glossary | Rio venues | Olympic history

Olympic experience
Ellison previously competed in the 2008 and 2012 Games, winning team silver in 2012. 

Off the range 
Ellison is a true outdoorsman. When he is not competing he likes to go camping, hunting and fishing. If he was not an athlete, Ellison would like to have his own hunting show. He also plays golf about 10 times a year. In February of 2016, Ellison got engaged to his girlfriend, Toja Cerne, an archer from Slovenia. 

Social media
Facebook: Brady Ellison
Twitter: @Brady_Ellison
Instagram: @bradyellison

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