July 2, 2012 |
Women's Team USA Earns Shot at Olympics with X10 Arrows
Ogden, Utah -In the final opportunity before next month's London Games, the USA women clinched a spot to compete for team and individual gold medals in Ogden, Utah. Teammates Jennifer Nichols, Khatuna Lorig, and Miranda Leek sealed their place at next month's Games with a 218-212 victory over Japan in the semifinals team match. "It was incredible. I can't even express," Nichols, said after the match looking ahead to her third trip to the Summer Games. "It was a feeling of victory like I have never experienced in my life." The three women went on to compete in the finals for the World Cup Team Championship in the recurve gold medal match against Mexico. USA led 56-53 after the first round of shooting. After three lead changes it came down to the final two arrows with Mexico leading by two points. USA's final arrow, shot by Jennifer Nichols, scored a perfect 10 points while Mexico's final arrow scored eight points ending the match in a tie and forcing a shoot off. Nichols also took an individual silver medal and won gold in the mixed recurve competition with teammate Brady Ellison.
In the shoot off, both teams shot identical scores. In a tie situation, the team with the arrow closest to center is declared the winner. The judge's measurement determined USA's arrow was nearest to dead center, which clinched a 2012 World Cup gold for team USA.
The entire women's team was shooting ultra-micro, barrel-shaped Easton X10 arrow shafts. A/C X10 arrows are manufactured specifically for use in tournament archery's highest levels using proprietary methods in Easton's Utah factory located just 30 miles from the Ogden World Cup tournament. X10 arrow technology is predominant in long range shooting and has been used to win every Olympic medal since 1996.