COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Standout performances during June earned archer Brady Ellison (Globe, Arizona), taekwondo athlete Anastasija Zolotic (Largo, Florida) and the U.S. Women’s National Rugby Sevens Team Best of June honors for the Team USA Awards presented by Dow, the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee announced today.
Ellison captured his first world championship title in recurve in a one arrow shoot-off in ’s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands. With this victory, Ellison became the first American man to be crowned the recurve world champion since 1985, ending a 34-year drought. He also earned the U.S. its first archery quota spot for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
Zolotic won a bronze medal in the women’s 57 kg. weight division at the grand prix in Rome, becoming the youngest U.S. athlete in history to medal at a taekwondo grand prix event. She scored victories over Latvia’s Jolanta Tarvida and Morocco’s Nada Laaraj before defeating Chinese Taipei’s Po-Ya Su on the golden point round to reach the semifinals.
The U.S. women’s national team won its first-ever World Rugby Sevens Series gold medal at the event in Biarritz, France, and qualified for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. It was the team’s fifth podium finish in six Seven Series tournaments, moving the U.S. up to a program-high world No. 2 ranking.
About the Team USA Awards
Each National Governing Body may nominate one female, one male and one team per discipline. An internal nominating committee selects five nominees from both the male and female categories, and three from the team category to advance to the voting round. Votes received from NGB representatives and select members of the media account for 50 percent of the final tally, with the other half determined by online fan voting via TeamUSA.org/Awards.