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USA Shooting Hall of Fame

USA Shooting Hall of Fame To Induct Spurgin & Walsh September 21

The USA Shoot-

ing Hall of Fame will proudly welcome two new members when Pat (Spurgin) Pitney and Walter Walsh are admit- ted to its ranks at an induction ceremony September 21 at the Embassy Suites in Colorado Springs. The USA Shooting

Board of Directors and current International Shooting Hall of Fame members vote on the Hall of Fame induct- ees every four years following the Olympic Games. This year’s cer- emony will be conducted in conjunction with the bi-annual coach conference and USA Shooting Team Alumni reunion the weekend of Sept. 19 – 21, 2013.

“The inductions of Pat and

Walter into our Hall of Fame are great additions to the legendary names of our sport,” said USA Shooting CEO Robert Mitchell. “Though their contributions to our sport are signifi cant, the con- tributions they’ve made through- out their careers, in all walks of life, really distinguishes this year’s class.” Pitney, who began shooting

at age nine with the Yellowstone Junior Rifl e Club in Billings, Mont., won four gold medals at the 1983 Pan American Games and was the 1984 U.S. Olympic Team’s fi rst Olympic gold med- alist after winning the 10m Air

having the opportu- nity to see life behind the iron curtain and in China as the Cold War subsided.” “I was even more

Pitney (Spurgin)

Rifl e event as an 18-year-old competitor. Today, she’s still just the second American ever (male or female) to have won a medal in the Air Rifl e event. That same year, she was the NCAA National Champion in Air Rifl e for Murray State University and was select- ed as the Ohio Valley Conference Female Athlete of the Year. She also helped win National Cham- pionship team titles in 1985 and 1987 while winning another in- dividual title in smallbore (.22 caliber) in 1985. Pitney was an eight-time First Team All-America in rifl e, winning the award four times in both air rifl e and small- bore competition. The Pat Spur- gin Rifl e Range in Murray, Ky. is named in her honor. Pitney has volunteered as an

assistant coach for the Alaska Nanooks at the University of Alaska Fairbanks for almost two

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decades. Pat’s husband, Randy, coached the team until 2001. The Alaska Nanooks have won the NCAA Rifl e Championship 10 times since 1994. Pat and Randy have three adult children. Pat has worked at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks for 22 years and is the Vice Chancellor for Administration. “Being inducted to the Shoot-

ing Hall of Fame is a real honor. Compared to many of my peers and almost every other person in the Hall of Fame, my shoot- ing career was short lived. It was a great privilege to be part of the US Shooting Team and to represent the shooting sports, my hometown of Billings, Mont., Murray State University and the United States. I feel fortunate that I was among a very few teenagers given the opportunity to compete worldwide including

fortunate that the 1984 Olympics were in the USA,” Pitney added. It was the fi rst time my parents, fam- ily and coach, Ralph Saunders, had the op- portunity to see me compete at the inter- national level. I want to thank many current Hall of Fame members for guiding me and set- ting the expectation to reach for the Gold

medal. Success as a parent and leader is in large part due to the opportunities and experi- ence gained during my shooting career.” Walsh turned 106 years of

age on May 4 and in January of this year became the oldest Olympian ever. Walsh was a member of the 1940 U.S. Pan American Games Team in Pistol. He was a member of the 1948 U.S. Olympic Team and fi nished 12th in the 50-meter Free Pistol event. A member of the 1950 U.S. World Championship Team, Walsh helped lead the team to a gold medal while earning an individual silver medal in center- fi re pistol. Walsh also served as head coach of the 1958 and 1966 U.S. World Champion- ship Teams. He served as U.S. Team captain, leader or assistant

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