Mackenzie Brown (pictured) of Team USA on the Olympic archery field during Mixed Teams round of 8 between Indonesia and USA
For the first time since 1972, Team USA failed to win medals to open the Summer Olympics in Tokyo on Saturday.
Team USA Olympians suffered several losses during the first day of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, not taking home any of the 11 gold medals awarded on Saturday Japanese time or Friday in the US
The team also failed to win any of the silver or bronze medals for any of the opening events, which included archery, cycling, fencing, judo, air rifle and pistol shooting, taekwondo, and weightlifting.
Brady Ellison, Team USA’s number two archer who has won three Olympic medals in recent competitions, was one of the US Olympic athletes to suffer a loss on opening day.
“I’m still a little shocked,” Ellison said after Saturday’s event, according to a… USA today report.
“I really expected that we would win a medal today.”
According to Olympic historian Bill Mallon, the US team has been awarded a medal on every first day the athletes have played in Munich since 1972.
Brady Ellison (pictured), Team USA’s number two archer, was among the U.S. Olympic athletes to suffer an upset loss on opening day
Allisha Gray, of the USA Women’s National 3×3 Team, dribbles during the game against France at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Saturday at Tokyo’s Aomi Urban Sports Park
Pictured: Team USA’s Nikhil Kumar in action during his men’s singles preliminary round table tennis match on Saturday
As for Archer Ellison, he said he was disappointed.
“We got to that stadium and I shot to the left. Mackenzie started figuring it out there at the end. I shot left all the way trying to aim for the wind,” he continued.
“That final location was a hit,” Ellison added. “I just didn’t see it and it cost us the game.”
Meanwhile, China took home the first gold medal of the Tokyo Games on Saturday after beating Yang Qian in the 10-meter air rifle competition.
Anastasiia Galashina of the Russian Olympic Committee narrowly took silver, while Switzerland’s Nina Christen took the bronze medal.
The number 2 in the world ranking of American Mary Tucker, who participated in the event on behalf of Team USA, was sixth.
Pictured: Team USA’s Tennys Sandgren plays a forehand during his first round men’s singles against Team Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta
Stefanie Dolson (pictured) of the USA Women’s National 3×3 Team watches the Mongolia Women’s National 3×3 Team
As for archery, Ellison and fellow Team USA member Mackenzie Brown lost five to four to Indonesia in a first-round shootout of the competition.
However, Ellison is eligible to win a medal in men’s individual and team competitions.
Ellison and the rest of Team USA have hit the unfortunate milestone by marking the first time in 49 years since the first day of the Munich Summer Olympics in 1972, according to a tweet by Olympic historian Bill Mallon.
As for the winter games, Team USA also didn’t win any medals on the opening day of the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Saturday’s opening day was not a complete loss to Team USA, however, with several teams taking qualifying round victories for other events, including a highlight was Team USA’s women’s basketball beating France at the Olympic Games’ 3-on -3 debut. competition.