We first met trapshooting phenom Collin Wietfeldt in the fall of 2009. Fresh off his selection as a recipient of the NRA Outstanding Achievement Youth Award, Collin had just earned a spot on the 2009 U.S. World Championship Shotgun Team, the U.S. National Development Team, and the 2009 ATA All-American Junior Trapshooting Team. Soon after, he was also named as one of the seven Brownell’s/NRA National Youth Shooting Sports Ambassadors for 2010. That honor included a trip to SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada and that's exactly where we saw him in January of 2011.
"Claudia (Olsen, NRA Youth Programs Co-op Group Program Coordinator) found out I was attending SHOT for USA Shooting," said Wietfeldt. "She asked if I could talk to this year's Ambassadors about my experience. I was more than happy to."
Now, as a member of the Men's World Championship Team for 2011, Collin spends his time in Colorado Springs shooting three to four hundred shells a day. Well, that's not entirely accurate ... sometimes he travels the world.
"Over the past year I've competed in China, Chile, Slovenia, and Italy," said Wietfeldt. "Where ever there's a tournament for the Men's team, that's where I seem to end up. Each time is an opportunity to compete for our country — that's a real honor. It's been an incredible year."
But life isn't limited to just shooting and travel for Collin. There is also education. In fact, he's currently attending the University of Colorado with his sights on a pre-dental degree. Quite the challenge for the second ranked trap shooter on the U.S. National Team. But, as usual, Collin identifies his objectives and finds a way through.
"It can be tough," said Wietfeldt. "Taking classes while training practically seven days a week. But I want the degree. I want to keep improving as a shooter. Those are my goals. My teachers know this, my instructors at the Training Center know this, and everyone is on board. Now all I have to do is do it."