He’s a hunter, a self-described “country boy” and an Olympian. Twenty-three-year-old Brady Ellison is a member of the US Archery Olympics Team and a favorite to take home the gold in the 2012 London Olympics. Currently the No. 1-ranked archer in the world, Ellison makes no apologies when it comes to his passion for hunting. He grew up hunting on his grandfather’s ranch in Arizona and got his first compound bow when he was 7. He enjoys hunting deer, elk, bear and javelina. He killed his first bear when he was just 11 years old.
Ellison has been featured in a number of news articles highlighting both his hunt for animals and for the Olympic Gold. I tried setting up an interview with Ellison, but was told by USA Archery personnel that Ellison is not allowed to participate in an interview for an editorial featured on a commercial website during the entire period of the Olympic Games. But, I do have an interview set up with him after the Olympics that I hope to share with you on The RealBlog.
From what I’ve read about Ellison, he’s definitely got what it takes to bring home the Olympic Gold. In fact, he’s been so committed to that goal that he dropped out of high school at the age of 16 to move to the Olympic training center to help better develop his skills. His decision paid off. In fact, he got so good that he made the 2008 Olympic squad at age 19. During that time, he was also suffering from a labral tear in his hip stemming from Perthes disease, a condition affecting his hip since childhood. The 2008 injury required surgery, but he put it off until after the Olympics. He advanced to the final bracket in Beijing, but did not medal in either the individual or team competition.
Things are looking better for Ellison for the 2012 Olympics. He's been ranked No. 1 in the world the past two years and he's won 35 of the 37 world events he entered last year. In recent interviews, Ellison says his goal is to not only win the Olympic Gold, but to be known as the best archer who’s ever lived.
Let’s root for this fellow hunter during the 2012 London Olympics. Be sure to tune in to the Olympic Archery competition, which begins on July 27. Do you plan on watching it?
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Stephanie Mallory is a mom, a hunter and Realtree’s PR Coordinator. She’s here to deliver an insider’s look at the outdoor business and give her opinion on all things outdoors—whether you asked for it or not.