5 Western hopefuls for the 2012 Olympics

The West has a knack for producing Olympians. Here are five athletes we think will head to London for the 2012 Games

Brady Ellison, archer

Brady Ellison, archer

Event: Men’s recurve

Hails from: Glendale, AZ

Western inspiration: “[Arizona’s] wide-open spaces led me to an outdoorsy sport, and living in the West gave me that work-from-sun-up-to-sun-down attitude, where you just do what needs to be done.”

How he gets away: “The Woods Canyon Lake turnoff [near Payson, AZ]. There’s a big lookout that looks over, you can see for – oh – miles, right on the Mogollon rim. I’m in love with a lot of Arizona. If you want to go hike or do something, you can go out and drive on a dirt road and get lost, just get out somewhere and be away from people.”


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