Bronson archer going to 2016 Olympics for 2nd time
BRONSON, Fla. -- A Bronson man is going to the Olympics for Archery, and it's not his first go around.
The 2012 Silver Olympic Medalist Jake Kaminski will be one of three American men competing in archery.
"Ultimately, I knew the Olympics was the goal," said Jake.
This is something he and his family said has always been the dream.
Robert Kaminski, his father, said, "He started about when he was 6 years old. He fell in love with this sport right off the bat."
His mother, Suzanne Linde, said, "He got started in archery because I enrolled him in summer camp. He went with his cousin and even though he hated summer camp, he spent about twenty minutes there shooting archery and he said 'I love this, I have to do this.'"
For the last four years he's been training at his bronson home in hopes of making the 2016 Olympics.
"And when I got the call saying Mom I made it, there were tears and laughter and relief for him," Jake's mother said. "Some people say archery's not a sport, or the athlete's at the training center would say that to him, like 'oh you're just an archer.' No, I've seen him give up his whole adolescent life to train for this," she continued.
"You don't really see archery on TV. You see nothing but gymnastics, swimming, and track on TV," said Jake.
Even though he said the sport doesn't get enough credit, each time he pulls an arrow back, he uses 5 lbs of force, and Jake's arrow will go 77 yards across a field at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
Jake said, "It's very technical in the sense that you have to have the right technique in order to pull the bow back, or at least be consistent under pressure."
He customizes his arrows so they can go up to 180 miles per hour reaching the target at about 1 and a half seconds.
Unfortunately, it has not always been easy for him. In his early teen years, he thought about giving up.
His mother said, "He said to me 'I'm quitting,' and I said 'you're not quitting.' Then he said he hated me and I said 'you can hate me all you want but you're not quitting.'"
With silver and gold medals in national and world competitions, his proud father still chokes up each time he talks about his son's accomplishments.
"It's an honor for him and for us to represent the United States," his father said, in tear.
To follow Jake through his journey at the 2016 Olympics, visit his website for links to his social media accounts.
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