From USA Shooting - Winter Airgun Championships Provide Intrigue and Youthful Energy

Colorado Springs, Colorado - The intrigue of performance under pressure, combined with youthful energy and success summarizes all that was special about the 2014 Winter Airgun (WAG) Championships.  Record numbers competed while 12 athletes got their 2015 shooting season jump started with the best performances of the weekend.

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From USA Shooting - Brown Scores U.S. Olympic Quota on Final Shot

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (October 13, 2014)

Colorado Springs, Colorado - Will Brown (Twin Falls, Idaho) was unnerved on his final shot and the result was a win and an Olympic quota to start things right for the USA Shooting Team competing at the Championship of the Americas in Guadalajara, Mexico.  Brown becomes the first rifle and/or pistol athlete for the USA Shooting Team to earn an Olympic quota.

Down .3 of a point going into the his final shot of the Air Pistol finals and with an Olympic quota on the line, Brown, the 2013 World Cup USA gold medalist, calmly stepped forth, put aside all the distraction being generated from the Cuban entourage cheering on Cuban shooter Jorge Grau, and shot a 10.2. Grau would follow with a 8.8, providing all the satisfaction to Brown and his USA Shooting teammates.

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From USA Shooting - Aim For Spain: The Team Behind The Team For The 2014 ISSF World Championship

Smallbore Rifle shooter Reya Kempley at the NRA National Championships in Camp Perry, Ohio

Colorado Springs, Colorado - Any shooter competing in a major competition understands the amount of preparation required before he or she finally steps up to the line: The countless hours training, the workouts, gun tweaks, visits to the physio, the sports psychologist…all of the hard work that it takes. What many may not know, however, is the level of work that goes on behind the scenes to make sure that athlete can actually make it to the line.

Meet just a couple members of our “Team behind the Team,” Reya Kempley and Morgan Wallizer. The pair not only train as rifle and pistol athletes respectively, but also work on a part-time basis for USA Shooting as Operations Assistants and have both competed on World Championship teams (Kempley will also be shooting as a member of this year’s World Championship team)... more on the team behind the ISSF World Championship Team ...

Peek inside the range bag of the most accomplished female shooter in Olympic history

Olympian Kim Rhode balances a shotgun and readies the range bag

Fairfax, Virginia - This month's issue of Shooting Sports USA sees Barb Baird of Women's Outdoor News sit down with famed shooter Kim Rhode. The five-time Olympic medalist is the most accomplished woman shooter on the world stage and one of the best shotgun shooters out there. As always, Barb only had one question: What's in your range bag?

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From USA Shooting - Spain the Gain for Top Junior Shooters at 2014 USA Shooting National Championships

Colorado Springs, Colorado - An invite to Granada, Spain, and the 2014 World Shooting Championships awaits top junior and non-Olympic event competitors at the USA Shooting National Championships (USASNC) for Rifle & Pistol in Fort Benning, Georgia, June 23 – June 29.

With so much on the line, attendance at the home of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) is expected to include 525 starts as athletes gun for World Team selection, National Championship prestige and the honor of being named to USA Shooting’s National or National Junior Team for the top-two finishers.

Winning the National Championships is an important goal of every top-caliber shooter, but in the open-level category, it takes a back seat to the season’s ultimate quest which is World Championships success and potential Olympic qualifying opportunities in Spain... find out more about the USA Shooting National Championships at Fort Benning ...

Top spot in 3-Position Olympic Junior Rifle Championship goes to Nebraska freshman

Nebraska freshman Lauren Phillips at the  National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships I first read about Lauren Phillips in 2012. Back then she part of a spitfire quartet known as the West Seattle/Vashon Thunderbirds. Fresh off her team's NRA National Junior Sectional victory, she decided to start taking a more serious approach her shooting career.

Since then, she hit the road for matches in Fort Benning, Georgia, Anniston, Alabama, Camp Perry, Ohio and Colorado Springs, Colorado. What did that travel catalog get her? How about a scholarship to the University of Nebraska and a spot in the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships.

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Find out what one of the best in the shotgun sports brings to the trap field

Two-time Olympian and United States Army Marksmanship Unit shooter Glenn Eller. Courtesy USAShooting

Last month's issue of Shooting Sports USA saw Barb Baird of Women's Outdoor News sit down with Glenn Eller, Olympic gold medalist and one of the finest shotgun shooters around. As always, Barb only had one question: What's in your range bag?

A two-time Olympian before joining the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, Staff Sgt. Glenn Eller credits the Army for honing his training regimen in Men’s Double Trap, allowing him to claim the gold medal in the sport at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. At these Games, Eller set an Olympic and Final Olympic record. He has represented the U.S. four times on Olympic teams and is in training for Rio 2016.

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From USA Shooting - Injury Forces Olympic Gold Medalist Jamie (Beyerle) Gray to Retire

Colorado Springs, Colorado - There comes a time in every elite athlete’s life where they eventually succumb to the pain they place upon their body to perform the sport they love. Today is that day for reigning Olympic gold medalist Jamie (Beyerle) Gray (Lebanon, Pa.) as she reluctantly retires from her competitive rifle career. 

No doubt that the gold medal she earned in London helped make the decision a little bit easier as did the new life she’s building in Kalispell, Mont. But more than that, Gray wasn’t willing to forego her long-term health for the opportunity to continue shooting. 

Since 2010, Gray has tolerated a lower back that was unbearable at times and something that worsened each time she put in the training time necessary to compete at the very best. Simply put, her back could no longer bear the brunt and it told her so every time she tried.  

“It has taken a toll on my body, mind and life since,” Gray acknowledged. “At the Olympics, I had three injections in my back after the air rifle match, which allowed me to be successful in smallbore.” 

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From USA Shooting - Current & Future Stars Gather in Colorado Springs for 2014 Nat'l Jr. Olympic Shooting Championships

Women's Air Pistol will be intense despite the bond Lydia Paterson (left), Alana Townsend (middle) and Darian Shenk (right) have formed as the current and future stars of the sport. Colorado Springs, Colorado - The current and future stars of USA Shooting are set to begin 17 days of competition during the 2014 National Junior Olympic Shooting (NJOSC) Championships taking place at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., April 10-26.  The best junior men’s and women’s pistol competitors will get things underway beginning Thursday.

Following pistol, Women’s Rifle takes to the range April 16-20, and then NJOSC will conclude with Men’s Rifle, April 22-27. Both rifle weeks will consist of an Air Rifle and Three-Position (smallbore) competition. In order to compete in this year’s NJOSC, competitors must have been born in 1994 or later, providing for a junior competition that is unparalleled in the shooting sports.

There is a lot at stake for the young shooters that will travel to Colorado from all corners of the country. Each event will provide two opportunities to be appointed to USA Shooting’s National Junior Team. This is a remarkable opportunity for the nation’s top young shooters to gain valuable experience through different camps and international events ... Find out more about these Junior Olympic shooters ...

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