News: Mathews Pro Braden Gellenthien Wins GOLD at the World Cup Final
This year the prestigious World Cup Final Event was staged in Tokyo, Japan. The World Cup Final is an invite-only event for the top 8 shooters, from all over the world, that took part in the World Cup Series in 2012. Archers gain points for their finishes at these events, the totals are tallied and the top 8 selected to represent their sponsors and countries in 15 arrow head to head matches to determine the World Cup Champion.
After a long season of travel, podiums, and high-level competition, Braden Gellenthien and Christie Colin found themselves representing Mathews and the USA at this event. Braden won the event in the Men’s Compound division and Christie placed 3rd for the women.
Through the preliminary matches unscathed, Braden navigated his way to the Gold Medal match vs. fellow American shooter Reo Wilde. Here, the two archers were gridlocked after 12 arrows, tied 119-119 (out of a possible 120). With one end remaining, Braden grabbed his trusty Conquest 4 and managed to shoot a 29 with his final 3 arrows to bring home the gold, 148-147. “Hitting that final arrow, knowing that I needed a 10 to win, was one of the high points in my career so far. I was “in the zone” that weekend and even with all the nerves and pressure, the feeling was surreal. I remember feeling my body tremble with excitement and anticipation on that final shot; but, on the inside, I was in total control of my emotions,” Braden recounted.
Winning this match solidified his place as the #2 archer in the world for the 2012 season and he looks forward to continuing with similar success in 2013. When asked about tournament pressure, “It’s easy to practice form and consistency when you’re training at the range, but all the hard work tends to go out the window when you toe the line in that type of situation. The only way to conquer your emotions is to overcome them in tournament situations. I feel like I had some major breakthroughs at this event and look forward to 2013,” Braden told us.
On the women’s side, Christie ran into stiff competition in the semi-finals and found herself battling it out with Japan’s top shooter for bronze. Here, Christie returned back to her usual dominant-self and easily won the match, 140-135. When asked about her bow choice, “The Conquest 4 feels very comfortable to me. I’ve tried other models but the riser’s stability and the feel of the Minimax cam system keep drawing me back,” Christie said. With two young boys at home, Christie looks forward to a lighter tournament schedule in the coming season but will remain, as always, a consistent threat on the national tours.
After successful 2012 tournament seasons in the books, both Braden and Christie are looking forward to kicking off their hunting seasons in the next few weeks. Braden and his HeliM are headed to South Texas while Christie is preparing to go after Whitetails in Pennsylvania with her Prestige.