The 2012 Summer Olympics in London begin July 27 with shooting events starting the next day and wrapping up August 5th.
One of the original events featured at the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896, the shooting sports have been present in all but the 1904 and 1928 games.
The United States leads the field in shooting sports medals substantially with 103 all-time, including 50 gold. Following up is China with 42 total medals and 19 gold.
The Chinese had the top showing at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, taking home eight medals, five of which were gold. The United States came runner-up with six medals and two gold.
Fifteen shooting events are featured at this year's games:
- Men's 10m Air Rifle
- Men's 50m Rifle Prone
- Men's 50m Rifle 3 Positions
- Women's 10m Air Rifle
- Women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions
- Men's 10m Air Pistol
- Men's 25m Rapid Fire Pistol
- Men's 50m Pistol
- Women's 10m Air Pistol
- Women's 25m Pistol
- Men's Trap
- Men's Double Trap
- Men's Skeet
- Women's Trap
- Women's Skeet
In the above video Ohio State University shooter and Team USA member Amanda Furrer talks about what it takes to make the US team.
You can keep track of the all shooting events' results here on NBC's Olympics site. If you have a cable, satellite or telco TV subscription with MSNBC/CNBC, you can watch every single Olympic event online here.
USA Shooting has assembled a great team this year and we hope to see our shooters atop the podiums during the medal ceremonies. Let's go USA!