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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Smallbore Rifle Shooters taking aim at NRA's National Championships in Camp Perry, Ohio

Fairfax, Virginia - You've been working on your game. Practicing your breathing, sight alignment, trigger control ... everything. But you still can't seem to break into the medal yours. Here's what you need to do.

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From USA Shooting - Scherer Wins Bronze, Sowash Finishes Fourth at World Cup USA

China's Jing Chang, Italy's Petra Zublasing and USA's Sarah Schere take 2nd, 1st and 3rd in Smallbore Rifle World Cup Fort Benning, Georgia - 2012 Olympian Sarah Scherer (Woburn, Mass., pictured right) picked up the first medal for the United States today at the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Fort Benning, Ga. in the Women’s Three-Position Rifle event. U.S. teammate Amy Sowash (Richmond, Ky.) also finished in fourth place.

Scherer qualified for the Final in sixth place with a score of 583 and Sowash qualified in third with a score of 589. Petra Zublasing of Italy qualified in first place and set a World Record in qualification with her score of 591.

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Wolverines take second Rifle Club title in a row after strong Smallbore and Air Rifle performances

University of Michigan 2014 NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Champions

Columbus, Georgia - The University of Michigan Wolverines won their second consecutive NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championship yesterday at Fort Benning, Georgia, after shooting a combined smallbore and air rifle score of 4404.

Michigan has now won three of five national titles since the NRA Rifle Club Championships' creation in 2010. North Dakota State University placed second and Clemson University finished third.

The Wolverines established a strong, practically insurmountable 60-point lead after shooting a 2146 in Saturday's Smallbore Championship. Entering the final day's Air Rifle Championship, Michigan was determined not to relinquish their lead, no matter how large, and sealed their victory with a 2258.

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Wolverines poised to defend national title after first place finish in Smallbore Championship

Mohawk adorned rifleman takes aim at the 2014 NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships at Fort Benning, Georgia

Columbus, Georgia - Defending champions University of Michigan are half way to their third NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championship after winning today's Smallbore title with a commanding 2146.

North Dakota State University, currently in second, sits 60-points behind the Wolverines with a 2086. Clemson University has a hold of third while Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Purdue, Wisconsin-Superior, and Canisus ROTC round out the top seven.

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From USA Shooting - Nanook Marksman Sherry Claims NCAA Smallbore Title While WVU is Halfway to Sweet 16

Murray, Kentucky - An exciting first day of NCAA Rifle action concluded with University Alaska-Fairbanks shooter Tim Sherry claiming an individual title while West Virginia University stands on the precipice of another impressive team title.

Sherry etched his name in the history books of all-time Nanook greats with an impressive performance in the finals.  Meanwhile, WVU opened defense of its national championship, winning the 2014 NCAA smallbore tilte with a score of 2338 today, at the 2014 NCAA Rifle Championships, at the Pat Spurgin Rifle Range, in Murray, Ky. 

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Collegiate Rifle Teams gunning for a chance at the Championships in Kentucky

7th ranked Army's NCAA Qualifier was Senior Day for Richard Calvin, Joseph Todaro, Michael Matthews and Zachary Wells - image from @Army_Rifle
7th ranked Army's NCAA Qualifier was Senior Day for Richard Calvin, Joseph Todaro, Michael Matthews and Zachary Wells - image from @Army_Rifle
Fairfax, Virginia - March Madness is officially kicking off this weekend as teams around the nation raise their rifles for a shot at qualifying for the 2014 NCAA Rifle Championships in Murray, Kentucky. With events in Fort Worth, West Point, Lexington, and Columbus, the qualifying events are the first step in earning one of eight invitations to the big dance in Kentucky.

Though competitions are taking place all throughout the nation this weekend, most of the rifle world is zeroed in on Murray State's Pat Spurgin Rifle Range where top ranked West Virginia joins #4 Nebraska and #5 Jacksonville State in their push for the overall prize.

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National Guard trains biathlon team at NRA 3-Position Smallbore Championships

Members of the Ohio National Guard's Biathlon Team at NRA Championships in Camp Perry

Camp Perry, Ohio - Two competitors are dominating the Biathlon at this year's Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia — Belarus' Darya Domracheva and France's Martin Fourcade. Winning four out of the first six events outright, Domracheva and Fourcade personify the marksmanship, discipline and stamina required to succeed at such a demanding sport on the international level.

Seven months earlier and 5,500 miles to the east, we met up with another group of biathletes who share those same characteristics. Those of the Ohio National Guard.

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Join the NRA's largest shooting competition and have fun indoors this winter

NRA National Indoor Rifle & Pistol Championships

Fairfax, Virginia - All signed up for the 2014 National Matches? If only it weren't the dead of winter... What if you could find some competitive shooting action now? The answer: the NRA Indoor Rifle & Pistol Championships.

Compiled from sectional tournaments held all over the United States, the Indoor Championships involve thousands of shooters and are the NRA's biggest competition of the year. And between smallbore, air rifle, BB gun light rifle, pistol and air pistol, competitors have a lot of options.

Because the championships are shot postal match-style with all the sectionals, there is a large window for shooters to compete. The Open championship runs from 1/1 - 3/18 and the Junior championship from 1/1 - 4/15.

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