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LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Three-time Olympic medalist and World Champion Brady Ellison just made history as the first recurve archer to score a perfect 900 at the world-famous Vegas Shoot.
The 54th annual NFAA archery event welcomes thousands of archers to the largest archery festival in the world with tens of thousands of dollars of prize money on the line. A 900 score requires three days of absolute perfect shooting. For 30 arrows each day, an archer can’t miss the 10-ring even once.
It’s never been done in recurve history. Ever. Until today.
“This is my biggest accomplishment in archery,” shared Ellison. “This is three days of perfection. I had to shoot perfect three days in a row. There’s a ton of money on this. What I did here – you couldn’t make a single mistake and this is the first time in my career that I was 100%.”
For Ellison, who holds the indoor and outdoor world records, more World Cup Final Champion titles than anyone else in history, the World No. 1 ranking and the World Champion title, that’s saying something huge.
On what it took: “I just did it. I was shooting good enough and I knew my bow was shooting good enough and I just had to be disciplined and not be lazy. I couldn’t run 90 or 95%, and there were a lot of shots that were tough and I was just like ‘trust it and know it’s going to catch.’ I had a lot of faith and thank God that he helped me out on some of those.”
Looking toward the Olympic season, Ellison added: “Capping off the international indoor season with a perfect 900, it’s pretty cool.”
The perfect 900, achieved only by several dozen Hoyt compound archers throughout history, comes with the extremely coveted and highly prestigious 900 club belt buckle. Ellison became the first recurve archer today to earn the honor. Since before his first Olympic Games, Ellison has worn his Remembering Lane Frost belt buckle in honor of the bull riding champion, but he says he will be making a change to his quiver with the shiny new 900-club honor.
“I’ve had the Lane Frost buckle forever but it’s getting pretty beat up. I’m definitely rocking this one.”
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