International Pistol shooter and Olympic gold medalist Sandra Uptagrafft opens up her shooting bag
Fairfax, Virginia - The December issue of Shooting Sports USA, features Barb Baird of Women's Outdoor News sitting down with Sandra Uptagrafft, International Pistol shooter and gold and silver medalist at the 2012 Olympics, to ask one question: What's in your shooting bag?
The first time Sandra Uptagrafft shot a
firearm, she had to—for Army Basic
Training. “I found it challenging and
quickly showed some skill. When I
came home and started college in the early 1990s, a group of us wanted to join a rifle team, but our school didn't have one. We found a coach willing to teach us pistol and even provided equipment, so we started a team and began competing in collegiate matches. From
those matches, I was recruited by the Army
Marksmanship Unit. Within a year, I made the
National team, and that was the start of my
International Pistol career,” explained Uptagrafft.
Uptagrafft is one of the few Olympians married
to another Olympian—Eric, who is a member
of the National Rifle Team. (Matt and Katešina
Emmons are another Olympic couple and are
both rifle shooters.) Now in the Navy Reserves
specializing in information technology, Uptagrafft
shoots Women’s 10m Air Pistol and Women’s
25m Sport Pistol on the U.S. Olympic team.
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