Archer Brady Ellison poses for a portrait during the Team USA Tokyo 2020 Olympics shoot on November 20, 2019 in West Hollywood, California.
As world-class archers, Brady Ellison and wife Toja are used to being right on target.
They’re not complaining about their first child arriving a little ahead of schedule, however.
Due in December, Ty Cooper Ellison was born on Saturday afternoon in their hometown of Globe, Arizona, the couple announced on their shared Facebook page. Ty weighed in at 5 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 17 inches long.
“We are so in love, thankful and humbled,” the post read. “Giving birth to our baby boy was by far the hardest thing I have ever done in my life and also my best achievement that only another baby will ever be able to tie.”
Brady, a three-time Olympian and three-time Olympic medalist for Team USA, is also the defending world champion in men’s recurve archery. Toja is a top-10 compound archer who represents her native Slovenia.
The couple, who met in 2014 and married two years later, announced they were expecting their first child in May. In June they held an archery-themed gender reveal. Brady Ellison later told TeamUSA.org, “I am the happiest I have ever been — I am going to be a dad.”
Early reports from the new parents are all positive.
“We are so thankful for the incredible stuff at the Cobre Valley Hospital in Globe,” read their emoji-laden post, which was also shared to Toja’s Instagram. “The doctor and the nurses were absolutely amazing, outstanding, perfect and if we would imagine them as perfect as we could they would still be even better. We are so thankful for every single one of them!”
Although the COVID-19 pandemic wiped out most competitions in 2020, Ellison continued his hot streak by setting a new world record for the double 70-meter round earlier this year. Now he’ll turn his focus toward Tokyo 2020, where he’ll be looking to win his first gold medal after taking team silver in 2012 and ’16, and individual bronze in 2016. Toja’s specialty, compound archery, is not an Olympic discipline.
The Olympics are still several months away, though, so for now Ellisons are happy to take their time and savor their first moments with baby Ty.
“I am so thankful for my boys and I don’t know how my heart hasn’t exploded yet,” Toja wrote.