NEWBERRY, Florida – The 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials process came to a close today after thousands of competition arrows shot wince the process began last September. USA Archery will have an incredibly strong showing in Rio and is incredibly proud of the team selected. The U.S. has secured one slot for the women. This means that top finisher Mackenzie Brown (Flint, Texas) is locked in for the Games.
USA Archery CEO Denise Parker was very pleased to share: “Congratulations to all of the athletes who made it to the finals of the Olympic Trials this week. The depth of the competitive field was impressive and I am excited to see the quality of archers we are sending to Rio. We will all be cheering our women on in Turkey in their quest to secure a team slot.”
Mackenzie Brown and her very proud dad. (photo credit USA Archery)
I’m in shock and awe.” said Brown. ” I’m speechless, elated, I don’t even know how to put it in words… Thank you so much to my parents, family, Coach Mel Nichols, and all of my childhood coaches that helped me and supported me on this long journey. All praise honor and glory goes to God. My focus now is training with the team for Turkey to ensure we have our full qualification.
(photo credit USA Archery)
I feel good about how the Trials shaped up and the level of competition in our women’s program,” commented National Women’s Head Coach Guy Krueger. “This is the first time that we’ve ever had three or four women who are able to shoot over 330 70m scores. That level of competitiveness and how much they’ve improved over the last year and a half is great. I like our chances in Turkey, we have a very talented and dedicated and experienced team so we’ll see how we do.