OGDEN -- Brady Ellison struck gold three times including his third consecutive Archery World Cup gold in the men's individual recurve as the U.S. netted four medals during the first day of finals at Lindquist Field.
"Winning three in a row is amazing, but the fact that I was able to come here and shoot strong in front of a home crowd is so awesome," Ellison said. "Going out there and every match winning a gold medal with the USA crowd behind us...you can't ask for anything better than that."
Friday night's championship round started with the women's team recurve bronze medal match between the U.S. and China.
China jumped out to an early lead that proved too much and denied a podium spot for the U.S. with a 219-209 win.
Trailing by a single point going into the last set of the championship match, Ukraine rallied and grabbed the first gold of the night as their women's recurve team defeated India, 213-210.
On the men's side in the team recurve match Ukraine bested India 222-218 for bronze before team USA nabbed their first gold of the night after a come-from-behind victory against China.
Trailing after the first set, the trio of Brady Ellison, Joe Kaminski and Joe Fanchin shot four tens in both the second and third sets lifting team USA to a 220-216 win.
The U.S. struck gold again in the next event as Ellison and 18-year-old teammate Miranda Leek bested India 145-136 in the mixed team match.
"This is really my first year at the senior level," she said. "And shooting with all my teammates at the international level is definitely an awesome introduction into the senior (archery) world."
With the U.S. absent from the women's individual recurve, Mexico's Alejandra Valencia defeated Ukraine's Kateryna Palekha 6-4 for the bronze before China's Ming Cheng captured gold with a 6-2 win over India's Deepika Kumari.
A star-studded men's individual recurve event started off well for the U.S. as Joe Franchin shot five 10's on the way to a solid 7-2 win over Ukraine's Markiyan Ivashko.
Shooting for his third gold medal, Ellison faced Ukraine's Dmytro Hrachov in the final event of the night.
Ellison scattered four tens throughout the match and easily defeated Dmytro 6-2, securing his third straight World Cup championship.
"This was the first time I've been on the podium and the crowd sang the national anthem with us," Ellison said after the award ceremony. "It's really those little things that make it so special."
Admission is free for tonight's Archery World Cup finale which includes hometown hero's Logan Wilde and brother Reo as they shoot for gold in the men's compound team event, and crowd favorite Rodger Willet Jr. will compete for an unprecedented third consecutive gold in the individual men's compound event.
The U.S. women's compound team is also shooting for gold after setting a World Record during their semifinal match on Thursday.