OGDEN -- As the top archers in the U.S. and the world gather in Ogden to compete in the Archery World Cup, the athletes have a lot on their minds.
After all, many of the recurve bow archers are hoping to take advantage of the Ogden stop to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London in August.
It's the final chance for the elite archers.
That doesn't mean the competitors aren't enjoying their stay.
With competition set to begin this morning at the Golden Spike Events Center complex at the Weber County Fairgrounds, Team USA archers found time to enjoy an early showing of Disney-Pixar's "Brave" on Sunday evening at the Junction in downtown Ogden.
The rest of us don't get to see the film, about a young protagonist whose expert archery skills play a pivotal role in her attempts to change her fate until Friday. Archery fans will have to settle for showings of "Hunger Games" until the premiere.
The United States currently holds number one world rankings in seven out of 10 world ranking categories, and the U.S. men's recurve team, along with Brady Ellison, are widely considered medal contenders for London.
"Ogden may be the final selection process for many athletes hoping to qualify and represent their country at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London. The world will watch eagerly as many favorites have not yet qualified," said Bob Romero, Ogden World Cup organizing committee president.
The event is free and open to the public. It's the third consecutive year Ogden will host the only Archery World Cup stage in the Western Hemisphere.
After elimination and qualification rounds today and Wednesday at the new venue, individual and team finalists will progress to the medal matches that weekend at Lindquist Field.
Other top Americans include former gold medalist Rodger Willet Jr. (compound). Currently, number two world ranked Reo Wilde (compound) will also compete.
The anticipated USA women's team to watch during the third stage and Olympic qualifications is four-time Olympian Khatuna Lorig, two-time Olympian Jennifer Nichols and World Indoor silver medalist rookie Miranda Leek.
After the Olympics, the World Cup Finals will commence on Sept. 22-23 in Tokyo.
What makes this year's Ogden stop unique is the final Olympic qualifying event. In all, 27 athletes (13 men, 14 women) will be selected for the Olympics in Friday's competition.
Archery World Cup 2012 schedule
Tuesday at Golden Spike Event Center
1000 N. 1200 West (Weber County Fairgrounds)
9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. -- Recurve, compound individual and team qualifications
Wednesday at Golden Spike Event Center
9 a.m.-7 p.m. -- Recurve, compound individual eliminations
Thursday at Golden Spike Event Center
9 a.m.-2 p.m. -- Recurve, compound team eliminations
3:30-6 p.m. -- Olympic qualification team tournament
Friday at Golden Spike Event Center
9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. -- Olympic qualification team tournament
Saturday at Lindquist Field
2330 Lincoln Ave., Ogden
4 p.m. -- Compound individual, team and mixed team medal matches
Sunday at Lindquist Field
4 p.m. -- Recurve individual, team and mixed team medal matches
Admission is free to all events.
For information, visit www.ogdenwc.com.