Ohio State sophomore Amanda Furrer recently came to the attention of The Columbus Dispatch:
Buckeye sticks to her guns for shot at Olympics
In high school, Amanda Furrer was a source of intrigue to her classmates, who knew her as "the shooter girl" for hitting the range both before and after class.
She missed about half her senior year while traveling from suburban Spokane, Wash., to international rifle competitions. At 17, she served as a first alternate for the 2008 Olympic team.
"That's almost unheard of," said Pat Cherry, her coach on the Ohio State rifle team. "I think she's almost a positive to be in the next Olympics, unless something unforeseen happens."
For now, the sophomore finance major is training intensely in shooting small-bore and air rifle for two teams. On Sunday, Furrer will shoot in a coed match at OSU, where she's one of four women on the 13-person team.
Later that day, she'll fly to Rio de Janeiro for the Championship of the Americas, one of several tournaments in which she and the other women on the U.S. National Rifle Team will try to secure spots for the 2012 Olympics.
"That's just crazy" to do both competitions, she said.
"But I think the NCAA matches are really good training for the bigger matches."
This year, she has been successful at both levels, winning the NRA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships and receiving gold medals in the World Shooting Championships and the National Junior Olympic Championships.
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