College Station, Texas – Miranda Leek (IA) is eighteen years old, and seeking her first Olympic Team berth. Butch Johnson (CT) is fifty-six, and after five Olympic Games and two Olympic medals, he seeks his sixth nomination. Between the two, there is an age gap of thirty eight years and hundreds of tournaments, but they have one thing in common: they are among the top three archers in their respective categories following the end of the first Nomination Shoot for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Archery. And they both know that this early, it’s anyone’s game on this journey to London.
For the women, Nichols is the top ranked archer, followed by Leek in the second position, and Kristin Braun (CA), who had a standout performance in this week’s event. “It feels good, it’s been a long time coming,” said Braun, who won thirteen of her fifteen matches to take the third spot. “I’ve been focusing on good things, positive things. For this tournament especially, it’s been all about self encouragement. I’ve been having a tough year, so I’ve just been trying to build up my self image to match my potential.”
Throughout round robin match play, archers were ranked according to factors such as their three arrow end averages and wins or losses, as well as any bonus points earned during the ranking round. The Olympic Team Trials for Archery will continue beginning April 23 with the second Nomination Shoot in Chula Vista, California, in which the top eight archers in each category will be selected. The final three person teams and alternates will be selected at the final Trials event in Colorado Springs in June. Complete results from this week’s event are available here; election procedures can be viewed by clicking here . USA Archery will continue to post photos on Facebook and results and updates on Twitter throughout the Olympic Team Trials process.