East Texas' Mackenzie Brown begins Rio Olympic archery quest for a medal on Friday

 

The Rio Olympic ceremonies are set for Friday night, but Flint native Mackenzie Brown's quest to make the medal stand begins much earlier.

Brown, 21, will represent the USA in Archery and is America's only hope for a female medal in the sport. Brown was the only USA female archer to qualify for the Games.

The individual archery competition begins tournament play on Monday, but Friday afternoon will be all about seeding.

A grand total of 64 archers are competing in the Women's Individual competition in Rio, and each will be seeded 1-64 based on their performance on Friday. It is set to begin at 11 a.m. at the Sambodromo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Brown will be the 26th competitor to be judged for seeding.

The way archery works is targets are set up 70 meters away.

Brown described it to NBCOlympics.com as, "if you were to stand on the 30-yard line on a football field (the target) is in the other end zone. It looks tiny. The target looks way smaller," Brown said.

The target features 10 rings with different point values and colors. The first two rings reside are colored gold and yield 10 points for basically a bull's-eye and nine points if an archer misses by a fraction. The next two red colored rings are 8 and 7 with the blue colored rings 6 and 6, black colored rings 4 and 3 and white colored rings 2 and 1.

The Sambodromo is the iconic venue designed for the Samba Parade at Carnival.

The Round of 64 elimination competition begins at 9 a.m. Monday. In pre-Olympic picks, the Associated Press tabbed Brown as a bronze medalist. The Women's quarterfinals, semifinals and championship are Thursday.

Brown will try and upset Korea's Ki Bo-Bae, the reigning Olympic champion who won gold medals in individual and team competitions and is trying to be the first archer ever to repeat with gold medals in both in consecutive Olympics.

Brown was third at Rio test event last September.

She told the AP before departing for Rio, "I'm just going to do my best and feel like that's going to earn me a medal," Brown said.

If Brown is able to take down Bo-Bae and win the gold, she would be the first U.S. woman to win Olympic gold in archery since Luann Ryon in 1976.

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