U.S. Olympian Keeps Archers in Tune

Posted by ATA Staff on October 31, 2013 in Archery Growth
Jakes Wukie, ATA Olympic silver medalist Jacob Wukie opens Jake's Archery in Oak Harbor, Ohio. Photo by Daniel Carson, News-Messenger.
“If it’s a perfect bullet hole, they know their arrow is coming out straight,” Wukie said, holding up tuning paper to reveal three fletch marks.

Few people know more about precision archery than Olympic silver medalist Jacob Wukie. So, who better than Wukie to open an archery shop specializing in repairs and fine-tuning in his hometown of Oak Harbor, Ohio?

In an interview with The News-Messenger, Wukie demonstrated how he tests a bow’s accuracy at Jake’s Archery.

[He] displayed some of the tools he uses for tuning and repairs, including a chronograph and scale hanging from the ceiling. He shot an arrow through a piece of paper to see how it came out of the bow.

“If it’s a perfect bullet hole, they know their arrow is coming out straight,” Wukie said, holding up the paper to reveal three fletch marks.

The Olympian said he can order bowhunting equipment, and hopes to establish an archery range and begin coaching soon.

Wukie, a member of the men’s archery team that competed in London’s 2012 Olympic Games, famously ended the team’s semifinal match against Korea by shooting three 10s in a row. Teammate Jake Kaminski also shot three 10s and Brady Ellison shot one 10 at the end of that match. Of the trio’s performance, Jay McAninch, Archery Trade Association’s CEO, said:

“In archery, that’s the equivalent of hitting three-point shots late in a close basketball game, and then getting a steal and dunking on your opponent as the game ends.”

In a later blog post, McAninch said he enjoyed seeing how the U.S. men’s team carried themselves during the Olympic Games.

“They walked out with great confidence, waved to the crowds with genuine appreciation and acknowledged their competitors, win or lose. They were very disappointed with their results and, to add to their pain, their losses were a major gain for those who beat them… Jacob Wukie, the oldest archer on the men’s team, looks the part of the older brother. His smile is more reserved, but feelings for his competitors appear genuine, even when he had to shake the hand of someone he felt he should have beaten.”

No doubt, Wukie’s confidence and skill with tuning bows and shooting perfect 10s will aid him in his latest venture.