Pennsylvania's Weiss takes 2nd overall during 2nd stop at Smallbore Rifle 3-Position Championships
Port Clinton, Ohio - One of the faces who graced the stage at Camp Perry this summer during the Smallbore 3-Position Smallbore Rifle Championships was that of Kirsten Weiss out of Cornwall, Pennsylvania. It was Kirsten's second trip to Camp Perry. Her second trip in nine years. And apparently she's made the most of her time away.
"I was 16 and came in second place (in the Sharpshooter Category) by one point," said Weiss. "Since then, I've been shooting in the NCAAs and then some USA Shooting for Team Lapua."
After finishing in the top eight during the Olympic Trials, it was Lapua who suggested she make the trip to Ohio. While here, she ran into on old friend, maybe even a mentor, from her early days in competition.
"When I first started out, this nice man came up to me during a competition and offered some advice," Weiss started. "I remember telling my mom how this nice man was helping me out.
"Then this guy behind us said, "The man you were talking to? That's Lones Wigger. He's won a ton of medals, championships, is in the Hall of Fame." That kind of blew me away. Every since then he's been really great. Very encouraging."
At the 2012 Smallbore 3-Position Championships, Weiss was able to take that advice and encouragement and turn it into a number of appearances on stage. Though she won several awards, top of the list would be winning the Woman's Championship (and the Mary C. Camp Memorial Trophy that goes along with it) and placing second overall.
With her continued success, there are plans to keep moving forward.
"I had some success in Munich for the World Cup. Now I'm thinking about moving to Mesa, Arizona for the training center down there.
"I'm not giving up."