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2012 Olympics: United States Earns Silver Medal In Team Archery

The United States of America earned its first medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London on Saturday, as the men's archery team won a silver medal.

Unfortunately for the United States, they were unable to capture the gold medal, which went to the Italians, but a silver medal is certainly nothing to sneeze at.

Ohio native Jacob Wukie is a member of the archery team, and he along with Brady Ellison and Jake Kaminski were ranked as the No. 1 archery team in the world headed into the Olympics.

The event came down to the wire, and the folks over at Yahoo! Sports have an excellent rundown of the action.

In the final round, Kaminski scored a 10, Wukie a 9 and Ellison a 9. The Italians went 9-10-8, giving the U.S. an opening - their lead was one.

But Kaminski scored an eight on his last shot. Wukie made up for it with a 10. Ellison then fired a nine.

The U.S. would need help ... and nearly received it.

After his teammates fired an eight and nine, Michelle Frangilli stepped up needing a nine to preserve their lead.

Instead, he sank an arrow in the heart of the target - 10 points, and the gold to Italy with a 1-point victory, 219-218. It was the first team gold for Italy in the event.

The medal should be the first of many to come for the United States in the 2012 Olympic Games.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.