Team USA’s Olympic archers – many of whom have trained in San Diego – were on point Friday, qualifying in second place in Rio de Janeiro during the men’s archery individual ranking round.
Team USA ArcheryTwitter page confirmed San Diego archers Brady Ellison, Zach Garrett and Jake Kaminski qualified in the second, 15th and 31st places, respectively, in Friday’s ranking round. NBC Olympics reported Ellison came in second place behind South Korea’s Kim Woo-jin.
The men’s high rankings give Team USA’s archery team a good shot at making that Olympic medal podium in Rio.
According to NBC Olympics, the United States is poised to take third place in the archery team competition, behind South Korea (first place prediction, per NBC Olympics) and Italy (second place prediction, per NBC Olympics). The archery competition at the 2016 Olympic Summer Games starts Saturday at 9 a.m. from Sambódromo in Maracaña in Rio. It continues through Aug. 12.
Team USA archers Ellison, Garrett and Kaminski – along with women’s archery athlete Mackenzie Brown – are resident athletes at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center (OTC) in San Diego’s South Bay. Kaminski was at OTC from 2008 to 2012.
Kaminski has been active on social media from Rio, posting to his Twitter and Instagram accounts, including this celebratory photo of himself with Ellison and Garrett and the caption: “Ten! Ten! Ten! Nothing like shooting three tens in a row in Team Rounds.”
Kaminski touted the archery competition in Rio “is going to be quite the show.” The athlete has also posted photos of himself proudly holding the Olympic Torch, and carpooling with his fellow archers, Brown sitting in the middle.