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experience. As a junior, I had been expected to win for quite a while. The Trials was the fi rst moment when I was competing against veterans with an expec- tation on myself of beating them. Coming that close was a big dis- appointment but also a big moti- vation too. Since then, I feel like I’ve been shooting a lot better.” Brown’s 2013 may very well


highlight USA Shooting’s pistol program this year, but it’s far from the only story. For the fi rst time in perhaps the history of the program, youth is being served throughout. Veterans like Daryl Szarenski (Seale, Ala.), Jason Turn- er (Rochester, N.Y.), Elizabeth Cal- lahan (Columbia, S.C.) and Bren- da Silva (Snowfl ake, Ariz.) have been the face of the program for as long as can be remembered. Nick Mowrer (Butte, Mont.) began this youth movement in 2012 by earning his spot on the U.S. Olympic Team. On the women’s side, Lydia


Paterson (Kansas City, Kan.) re- cently became one of the young- est National Team members ever after fi nishing second in Women’s Air Pistol at the 2013 USA Shooting National Champi-


onships. There’s plenty of pro- gression on the women’s side to push competitiveness to a new level with shooters like Darian Shenk (Annville, Pa.) and Alana Townsend (Kalispell, Mont.) com- ing along and having earned World Cup experience in 2013 as well. Shenk was runner-up in air pistol as a 17-year-old. “This group of young athletes


has changed the pistol develop- ment philosophy and proven that pistol athletes do not necessarily need a decade to become World class.” But this stage is reserved for


Brown and all that he has ac- complished in 2013 and what’s still left to come as we move closer to Rio. His career and what the future holds is similar to that of the way he learned to master the unicycle he got after earning some extra cash. Riding a unicycle requires balance, ef- fort and consistency. This year has proven beyond a doubt that Brown has the ability. Now, how- ever, the progression of work plus discipline will determine whether he has the balance, effort and consistency to stay on this ride too.


16 USA Shooting News | July 2013


In the shadows no longer, young shoot- ers like Will Brown are helping lead a youth movement in the pistol ranks with plenty of up-and-coming talent on the horizon.


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“Winning was the


Plan.”


Brown said after winning a World Cup gold medal earlier this year. Not a bad start on this 21-year-old’s path to Rio 2016.


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