Braden Gellenthien

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Braden Gellenthien

Career Highlights

  • 2013 Longines Prize winner, Mens Compound. Most X’s shot on World Cup Tour.
  • LAS Classic Champion - 2004 Nimes Champion - 2011 FITA Indoor World Champion - 2007 NFAA Indoor National Champion - 2007 NAA Indoor National Champion 2004, 2007, 2012, 2013 World Cup Stage Champion - Varese, Italy (2007), Dominican Republic (2009), Ogde

World Ranking:

#1 Indoor / #3 Outdoor

Years in Archery and on National Team

Years in Archery & on USAT:  I've been "in archery" for 15 years now and have been on USAT for 10.

How you got your start in Archery

I was first introduced into archery at a summer cub scout camp when I was 11.  I wasn't very good but really enjoyed shooting.  After camp, my parents decided that I could get my first bow and my father quickly became interested in archery as well.  We began shooting together in local leagues on weekends until just around that dreaded day for all fathers: the day that I beat him.  After that, he became a supportive archery dad and suggested that I begin to work with my coach, Terry Wunderle.  Although at first I was very stubborn and didn't want to change my form, I listened to his suggestions and my career has been a blur since.  

Mentor / Inspiration in your Archery Career

A lot of you have seen the Wing logo on my hat over the past season.  My biggest inspiration in archery was Adam Wheatcroft.  When I was growing up, he was at the top of his game… Winning every event that he went to and dominating the junior class.  His dominance fueled me to train harder and smarter so that I could be mentioned in the same sentence as him.  I had dreams of going to college with him and shooting together for the JMU Dukes.  He was taken from us much to soon and I hope to honor him and live my life (competing and everyday) in a way that would make him proud.  That logo on my hat serves as a way to honor Adam's memory and serve as a reminder to myself to live each day the best that I can.

Sponsors

Arrow – Easton  (arrows of choice – outdoor: ProTour 420 / indoor Eclipse 2312/2512 / hunting: AC Injexion

Bow: Mathews

Stabilizer: Bee Stinger

sights: CBE 

Glasses:  Pilla 

Favorite place to shoot

 Nimes, France.  Ogden, Utah.  Chula Vista, CA

Breakthrough moment in Archery

When I was 16 I went to the World Trials event in Chula Vista to try and qualify for the FITA World Championships.  After a long, drawn out battle of nearly 500 arrows over the week, I had qualified for the fourth and final spot on this trip.  I went on to place 3rd at the World Championships and from that moment on, I knew that I had what it took to become a professional archer. 

Best Shot of your life

There are three distinct moments that stick out when I think of the "best shot I ever made."  The first was in the semi-finals of a World Cup event in Antalya, Turkey.  I tied my opponent and we were stuck in a single arrow, closest-to-center tie breaker.  My arrow broke perfectly and landed on the exact center of the target, 70m away.

Second is the final arrow of the semi-final match in Copenhagen, Denmark where I broke the individual matchplay record with a 120/8x round.  Everything seemed completely surreal and the pin sat in the middle while I could see my heart beat pulsating in my sight level.  The shot broke crisply and I knew where it was going well before it hit the middle.  Pure joy.  That's the reason I shoot.

Third would have to be the final arrow in the gold match this past year in Las Vegas for the Indoor World Cup Championship. I again found myself in a closest to center shot, this time for the title of World Cup Champion.  This time, my sight picture was bobbling all over the place but I had full confidence in my ability and equipment.  When the shot broke, I knew I had given it my all and found my arrow, once again, dead center in the target.

  

Birthdate & place / Based now

04/26/1986 - Framingham, MA.  I grew up about 20 miles west of Boston in Hudson, MA.  I now live in College Station, TX.  

What Easton means to you

To me, Easton simply means perfection.  For whatever style of archery that you choose to compete, Easton has an arrow that will perfectly meet your needs and it's the best engineered and manufactured on the market.  

When Im not shooting, you can find me

Bass Fishing, Bowhunting and birdhunting, or playing golf.

Favorite food

Favorite indulgence: Fried Chicken pizza, favorite every-day meal: I start off every morning with a egg and cheese bagel, after a win, I love an ice cold Smithwick's (on tap) with a side of bacon cheese fries.  Favorite burger: Five guys.   McDonalds or Burger King: McDonalds.  Coke or Pepsi: Pepsi.  

When I’m on the line, shooting for the gold

My shot routine is going through my head.  I'm completely focused on the task at hand and am concentrating on attaining perfection.

Tip for the average archer to shoot better

Make a game plan for training for an event as well as each arrow you shoot.  The better you prepare for a practice session or competition, the more likely you'll achieve success.  The worst thing you can do is practice without a goal.

Favorite style of music / Whats on your playlist right now?

I listen to a little bit of everything; from country to hip hop.  Nothing beats a good guitar riff or Kanye/TI lyric before getting ready to shoot.  Last two songs on my IPod before this question were Dropkick Murphys - Shipping Up to Boston, and Tantric - Down and Out.

Favorite Movie

Boondock Saints, Bull Durham, and Rounders.

Favorite Book / TV

Im a huge Survivor geek…..  

Favorite sports team

Red Sox, Bruins, Pats and Celts.  In that order.  Least favorite, Yankees, Canadiens, Jets and the Heat.

Pets & names :

I've got a Bengal cat named Lucy who's quite well-versed in tricks.  She sits, rolls over, plays dead and occasionally fetches (when she wants to).

What do you drive

I drive a blacked out, chromed up F-150 and I love it.

If you could have ‘coffee’ with anyone in history it would be

 Bull Durham (I know he's not real, but I'd rather meet him than Kevin Costner).  If it has to be someone who is "real," then I'd choose Fred Bear.  The man revolutionized our hunting industry and to that, I think I owe him that coffee!

Philosophy of life / motto

Spend your time making memorable memories.  Don't let days pass you by where you feel that nothing of worth was accomplished.  Fishing and hunting are always worthwhile.  Also, don't hold back in anything you do.  If it's worth your time, it's worth doing it 110%.  Oh, and one more thing… You'll almost never regret something you've done, only not doing it.  

In 20 Years Ill be

I'll be an over-the-top baseball dad and loving every minute of it.