Brady Ellison

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Brady Ellison
Brady Ellison 2010.jpg
Ellison at the 2010 World Cup
Personal information
Full nameBrady Lee Ellison
BornOctober12 1988 (1988-10-12) (age 31)
Glendale, Arizona, U.S.
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)[1]
Weight190 lb (86 kg)[2]

Brady 'The Arizona Cowboy' Ellison (born October 27, 1988) is an American archer who competes in recurve archery. He is currently a Resident Athlete at the United States Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. He holds the record for the longest continuous period as the world number-one-ranked men's recurve archer, from August 2011 to April 2013. He earned his nickname "The Prospector" during the 2015 world championships due to his proclivity for 'finding gold'.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

As a child Ellison suffered from the Legg–Calvé–Perthes disease and wore leg braces for a year. He is an avid hunter. At age 11, Brady killed his first bear.[3] On April 22, 2016, he married Slovenian archer Toja Černe.


At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Ellison finished his ranking round with a total of 664 points, which gave him the 15th seed for the final competition bracket in which he faced John Burnes in the first round. Ellison won the match 111–89 and advanced to the second round. Here he was unable to beat another Canadian Jay Lyon, who was too strong with 113–107.[4] Together with Butch Johnson and Vic Wunderle he also took part in the team event. With his 664 score from the ranking round combined with the 653 of Johnson and the 652 of Wunderle the Americans were in 10th position after the ranking round. In the first round they lost to Chinese Taipei, 222–218.[5][6]

Ellison secured his spot for the 2012 Olympics at the USA Archery's Olympic Trials in Colorado Springs, Colorado.[7] He is sponsored by Solve Media,[8] Hoyt Archery, Easton Arrows, and Axcel Sight and Scopes, among others.[9] He won a silver team medal together with his Jake Kaminski and Jacob Wukie.[10]

At the 2016 Rio Games Ellison won an individual bronze and team silver medals.[2]

The World Games[edit]

At both editions of The World Games in 2013 and 2017, Ellison won the silver medal in the individual field recurve competition.

Pop culture[edit]

Ellison appeared in an episode of the American-based TV show Mythbusters, where he helped to test the myth of the Ancient Greek 'arrow machine gun' (a mythical device that could fire arrows in a way similar to modern machine guns). With Ellison's help, the myth was deemed plausible.

Individual performance timeline in Outdoor Recurve[edit]

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 SR
World Archery tournaments
Olympic Games 2R 2R 3rd 0/3
World Championships 3R 3R 3rd 2R QF 2R 0/6
World Cup
Stage 1 3R 2R W W W 3R QF QF 3R QF 2nd 3/11
Stage 2 3R 4th 3rd W 3R QF QF 4th W 2nd 3R 2/11
Stage 3 1R 2nd 3R 3R W 3R QF 3R 4R QF QF 4R 1/12
Stage 4 1R 3R 3R QF QF 4R QF 4R 0/8
World Cup Final DNQ DNQ DNQ W W 2nd 3rd W QF W 2nd 3rd 4/9
End of year world ranking 19 16 14 2 1 1 8 6 5 2 5 7


  1. ^ "Brady Ellison". United States Olympic Committee. Retrieved August 6, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Brady Ellison Archived September 2, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Brady Ellison Archived September 20, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Athlete biography: Brady Ellison". The Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad. Archived from the original on September 7, 2008.
  5. ^ "Brady Ellison – Olympics Athletes – 2008 Summer Olympics". ESPN. Retrieved October 6, 2011.
  6. ^ "Shooting Staff". Hoyt Recurve. Archived from the original on August 2, 2012. Retrieved July 27, 2012.
  7. ^ Robinson, Tom. "Olympic Weekend Wrap-Up: June 4, 2012". Archived from the original on June 5, 2012. Retrieved July 18, 2012.
  8. ^ Heitner, Darren. "American Olympians Competing For Gold In Archery And Weightlifting Find Timely Financial Support". Forbes. Retrieved July 18, 2012.
  9. ^ "A WORD FOR BRADY'S SPONSORS...THANKS". Retrieved July 18, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Brady Ellison". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on September 13, 2016.

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