Archery: American Kaminski sees silver lining in Rio

Mon Aug 8, 2016 5:49pm EDT
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By Ian Ransom

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - When form, motivation or confidence threaten to wane, United States archer Jake Kaminski takes comfort from a two-word reminder inked on the back of his left hand.

"I am," a simple but open-ended affirmation, is a permanent reminder for the dual silver medalist to believe in himself as he slogs away at the training range or raises his bow for a clutch shot during competition.

The 27-year-old took the second of his team silvers at the Rio Olympics on Saturday after the Americans were blown away by an astonishing performance from the South Koreans in the final.

Having lost out on gold to Italy in the same event four years ago in London, it was another bitter-sweet day for Kaminski and team mate Brady Ellison who will both compete in the individual events this week.

However, Kaminski could at least console himself that the Americans shot well at the Sambodromo against South Korea whereas he and Ellison regretted a golden chance missed in London.

"The feeling is definitely totally different," the dual Olympian told Reuters.

"It's a lot better this time around. This time I feel we won the silver as opposed to losing the gold.

"There really was nothing that any other team in the world could come close to matching. They had the wind or the lack of wind with them."   Continued...

Aug 6, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Jake Kaminski (USA) takes aim in the men's team quarterfinals at Sambodromo during the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports