Brady Ellison: Archer heading to fourth Olympics after victory at U.S. trials 

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 20: Archer  Brady Ellison poses for a portrait during the Team USA Tokyo 2020 Olympics shoot on November 20, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 20: Archer Brady Ellison poses for a portrait during the Team USA Tokyo 2020 Olympics shoot on November 20, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The Arizona archer will be joined in Tokyo by 17-year-old Casey Kaufhold who will compete in the women's recurve competition. 

Fourth Olympics for Ellison

The USA's Brady Ellison will compete in Tokyo in his fourth Olympics after the conclusion of the U.S. Archery Olympic Trials in Salt Lake City. The world no. 1 in recurve has been untouchable at the top of the leaderboard throughout all four stages of the trials and is now guaranteed a spot at Tokyo 2020.

Ellison, who has two silver and one bronze medals from three Olympic Games, became the first U.S. archer to win a world recurve title when he claimed a 6-2 victory over Germany’s Maximilian Weckmueller in May's Archery World Cup in Lausanne.

In an interview with Tokyo 2020 earlier this year, Ellison talked about how important qualifying for the Olympics is to him, saying: “The Olympics are just special. It’s the ultimate sporting event. It’s just always special to be part of it. Once you get to go to the Games, nothing else matters except trying to get back to another one.”

Now he will have the opportunity to fight for gold in Tokyo when the Olympic archery competition gets underway on 23 July 2021.

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Kaufhold qualifies at 17

Teenager Casey Kaufhold, who burst onto the international archery scene in 2019 at age 15, was the winner of the women's trials and will join Ellison on the U.S. team for Tokyo 2020. When the competition begins in Japan next month, Kaufhold will become her country's third-youngest Olympic archer of all time and the youngest since 14-year-old Denise Parker competed at Seoul 1988.

Kaufhold's qualification comes just a week after she set a new under-21 world record in the 70-arrow, 70-metre round during stage three of the trials in Utah.

While Ellison and Kaufhold are the only two U.S. archers with confirmed Olympic berths, the nation could still qualify a full men's and women's team at the Paris World Cup event that takes place between 19 and 21 June 2021. Among the favourites to join the pair at Tokyo 2020 are Jack Williams and Jacob Wukie and Mackenzie Brown and Jennifer Mucino-Fernandez.

All the way back in 2017, a then 13-year-old Kaufhold spoke about her admiration for fellow archers Ellison and Brown, saying: "They are probably the most inspiring archers out there and they always have a way to them that they're confident and ready to go."

Now she has the chance to join one - and maybe two - of them at this year's Olympic Games.