AAE Arizona Cup Opens 2014 Season With 20 Countries and Record Participation
PHOENIX – The AAE Arizona Cup - a World Ranking Event, Para
World Ranking Event and the first national ranking tournament of 2014 -
promises Olympic-level archery excitement here in the United States.
Held at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility, the AAE Arizona Cup
kicks off today with a whopping 528 archers competing, shattering last year’s
record attendance numbers. With 20
countries sending their Olympic, Paralympic and World Championship squads, this
event is shaping up to be a sneak peek at the list of Rio 2016 contenders.
Archers will shoot qualification rounds beginning at 7:30
a.m. Friday morning. Recurve men and compound women will shoot 72 arrows in the
morning – at distances of 70 meters for recurve shooters and 50 meters for the
compound archers – followed by a 72 arrow qualification round for recurve women
and compound men in the afternoon. Saturday will see teams from across the
world competing in the national team round – giving fans a possible World Cup
preview – and
American favorites competing include hometown favorite and
Olympic medalist Brady Ellison (Payson, Ariz.); world no. 1 ranked female
compound archer Erika Jones (Grand Island, Neb.); five time Olympian and
Jennifer Lawrence’s “Hunger Games” archery coach Khatuna Lorig (West Hollywood,
Calif.); and compound archers Reo Wilde (Pocatello, Idaho) and Braden
Gellenthien (Hudson, Mass.), currently ranked 2nd and 3rd
in the world, respectively.
There’s also heavy participation in the cadet (ages 15-17) and junior (ages
18-20) categories, with many of the world’s best youth archers using this event
as preparation for the Olympic Trials that will begin next year. Cadet archers who are competing for United States Archery Team (USAT) placement are encouraged to review the USAT Selection Procedures, which state in part that: "If an outdoor Cadet USAT Qualifying Series Event has both a Cadet Ranking Round and a Cadet Elimination Round, the average of the Ranking Round and Elimination Round placement will be used for the Cadet USAT Ranking Points for that event."
Archery fans know this sport is famous for shakeups and
surprises, and with wind always a factor in Phoenix, this weekend will likely
be no exception. Add some of the world’s best archery talent from other
countries to the mix, and anything is possible. Look out for strong
performances by teams from Mexico, Italy, France, Colombia and Canada – and a
large para archery squad from Korea.
Live scores will be online throughout the event at http://www.ianseo.net/Details.php?toId=536,
and USA Archery will be carrying live updates and photos on Facebook and Twitter
throughout the weekend. Daily wrap-ups and full photo galleries will be posted
on http://www.usarchery.org each night.