June 24, 2012; Ogden, UT, USA; Jake Kaminski (USA) aims for the target during the men's gold medal match against India at the Archery World Cup at Lindquist Field. USA defeated India to claim the gold medal. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE
The 2012 Opening Ceremonies in London are Friday night, but Floridian Jake Kaminski and the USA archery team will not be in attendance as their competition gets underway that day. Kaminski, whose parents live in the Edgewater area, is 24 years-old and expected to be a key contributor on Team USA's drive for a medal. USA is expected to medal in the event, but they're facing an uphill battle against the three-time defending champion South Korean team.
Kaminski has been training his whole life for this week, and he elaborated on the amount of preparation that he's put in to build towards this moment. Via Sean Kernan of The Daytona Beach News-Journal:
"I've been shooting between 300 and 400 arrows a day as we get ready for the Olympics," said Kaminski, who switched from compound bows to the more difficult Olympic recurve competition in 2002. "I figured out recently that I've shot about 450,000 arrows in my life to get to this point."
Kaminski is an anchor of the three-man US team which is ranked No. 1 in the world, and he indicated he is shooting the best he ever has. He'll be among the first to have a shot to bring home a medal for the USA. They preliminary rounds will begin on Friday with elimination and medal rounds taking place this Saturday
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