After failing to find the podium during the entire 2016 season, the U.S. women’s recurve archery team began 2017 – and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic quad – with a bang, earning silver at the first world cup of the season Sunday in Shanghai.
The team consisted of 2016 Olympian Mackenzie Brown, five-time Olympian Khatuna Lorig and LaNola Shepherd (née Pritchard) – the same trio that won Team USA its first-ever world cup gold medal in August 2015 in Wroclaw, Poland.
Seeded 11th entering the week, they started their march to the podium Thursday with a 6-2 win over No. 6 India, followed by two shutouts (6-0) over third-ranked Japan and No. 10 Malaysia.
In Sunday’s gold-medal match against No. 8 Russia, Russia won the first set, 53-50, before Team USA took the second, 51-50, but Russia would take the next two sets and the gold medal.
Brown returned to the podium later in the day, taking mixed team bronze with Olympic teammate Zach Garrett.
In individual competition, Brown was the highest U.S. women’s finisher, placing 14th. Lorig and Shepherd tied for 33rd, while Anna Miscione was 57th.
The U.S. men’s recurve team was ninth after being upset by Kazakhstan, 5-3, in its first-round. The men were more successful in individual, though, with three-time Olympic medalist Brady Ellison finishing fifth, followed by Collin Klimitchek in seventh, Garrett ninth and Jake Kaminski 17th.
Stage 2 of the world cup is scheduled for June 6-11 in Antalya, Turkey.