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Brady Ellison
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Ellison at the 2019 World Cup Final
Personal information
Full name Brady Lee Ellison
Born (1988-10-27) October 27, 1988 (age 34)
Glendale, Arizona, U.S.
Height 6 ft 0 in
Weight 190 lbs
Medal record
Event 1st 2nd 3rd
Olympic Games 0 2 1
World Championships 2 2 2
World Indoor Championships 2 0 2
Pan American Games 4 2 1
Recurve archery
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Silver 2012 London Team
Silver 2016 Rio de Janeiro Team
Bronze 2016 Rio de Janeiro Individual
World Championships
Gold 2013 Belek Team
Gold 2019 's-Hertogenbosch Individual
Silver 2013 Belek Mixed team
Silver 2021 Yanktok Team
Bronze 2011 Torino Individual
Bronze 2021 Yankton Individual
Pan American Games
Gold 2007 Rio de Janeiro Team
Gold 2011 Guadalajara Individual
Gold 2011 Guadalajara Team
Gold 2019 Lima Mixed team
Silver 2015 Toronto Individual
Silver 2015 Toronto Team
Bronze 2019 Lima Team
World Cup
Gold 2010 Edinburgh Individual
Gold 2011 Istanbul Individual
Gold 2012 Tokyo Mixed team
Gold 2014 Lausanne Individual
Gold 2016 Odense Individual
Gold 2019 Moscow Individual
Silver 2012 Tokyo Individual
Silver 2017 Rome Individual
Silver 2021 Yankton Individual
Bronze 2013 Paris Individual
Bronze 2018 Samsun Individual
World Indoor Championships
Gold 2009 Rzeszów Team
Gold 2012 Las Vegas Team
Bronze 2012 Las Vegas Individual
Bronze 2014 Nimes Individual
World Field Championships
Gold 2014 Zagreb Individual
Gold 2014 Zagreb Team
Gold 2016 Dublin Individual
Gold 2016 Dublin Team
Bronze 2018 Cortina Individual
Silver 2018 Cortina Team
World Games
Silver 2013 Cali Individual
Silver 2017 Wrocław Individual
Silver 2022 Birmingham Individual

Brady 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'.

Personal life

As a child, Ellison suffered from Legg–Calvé–Perthes disease and wore leg braces for some time. He has had subsequent health issues with his knees, particularly in the lead-up to and during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and the fingers of his drawing hand.

Ellison married Slovenian archer Toja Černe (now known as Toja Ellison) in April 2016. He credits his wife with introducing him to alternative medicine, which was used to cure pain in his fingers in late 2018. The pair had their first child in November 2020.

Ellison started archery as a child in Arizona. Initially, Ellison shot with a compound and represented the United States internationally as a youth archer with the bowstyle. He switched to recurve on the recommendation of coaches at the national training center in Chula Vista, California, where he has spent much of his time.



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. 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.

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

At the 2016 Rio Games Ellison, won individual bronze and team silver medals.

He represented the United States at the 2020 Summer Olympics held in Tokyo, Japan. He lost to Mete Gazoz of Turkey in the quarterfinals of the men's individual event.

World Championships

Ellison won medals at several editions of the World Archery Championships.

Two months after the 2020 Summer Olympics, he won the silver medal in the men's team event at the 2021 World Archery Championships held in Yankton, United States. He also won the bronze medal in the men's individual event.

The World Games

At three editions of The World Games (2013, 2017 and 2022), Ellison won the silver medal in the individual field recurve competition.


In 2022, he won the men's recurve event at the Vegas Shoot held in Las Vegas, United States.

Pop culture

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.

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