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Shotgun Update

A Wild Ride For the U.S. Shotgun Team

The shooting season has come to an end and it has been an absolute wild ride to say the least.

The rule changes have

made this year challenging for all countries. The biggest change was starting the fi nals at zero. How they come up with this stuff mind boggles me.

You go out

there and work your butt off to get the lead and then you have to give it all back. Crazy!

Corey Cogdell shot a World Record in Spain with a perfect score of 75/75. She would have had a two bird lead under the old rules, but instead fi nishes third. Those are just some exam-

ples, but it happened all year long and not just to our team. So that goes to show us that it is indeed a different mindset, and as the year went on the shooters started to adapt. We have added the new ISSF fi nals to our selec-


be proud of themselves, because I am.

The team fought hard

earning 15 fi nals positions in World Cup action while earning fi ve medals overall.

The World

Championship Team earned eight medals in Lima, Peru, with six of those being earned by ju- nior team members. Team USA’s Eller highlighted the world’s team with his World title while junior world titles were earned by Miranda Wilder and Ian Rupert

camps at the beginning of the year, which I believe helped a lot. We will continue having camps throughout the 2014 season to help develop our young shoot- ers.

They’ve got a bright future and I’m excited about what the future holds with the type of per- sonalities and competitors we have rising up through each of the disciplines. The depth we’re building will make our program even stronger.

National Shotgun Coach Todd Graves congratulates Ian Rupert on his third-place fi nish at the USA Shooting National Championships this summer. Rupert and other young athletes got valuable experi- ence competing overseas this year.

Examples of the effect these

new rule changes had on our team and results were evident at every match. Specifi cally, Glenn Eller set a World Record in UAE with 146/150. With the old rules, he has a four bird lead. With the new rules he starts at zero and fi nishes fi fth. Glenn was upset, but went home and trained hard. He came to the World Champi- onships and won and fi nished the year with a silver medal as well during the World Cup Finals.

tion process, so that we can train these new fi nals and be ready for the up-and-coming 2014 shoot- ing season.

as well. The signifi cance behind these But that’s enough

about the new fi nals, because as you can tell, I’m not happy about the rule changes either. Let’s talk about the shooters.

Man, were they great this year. Parents, members and sponsors should be particularly proud. We had some of the youngest U.S. Teams ever and they shot some outstanding scores. They should

18 USA Shooting News | Year in Review 2013

great performances is all the more impressive given the youth that was represented at every World Cup. As we all know, the year after the Olympics is a devel- opmental year.

To progress this

year, we had a couple of World Cup teams made up of junior shooters. We thought it would be a great idea to get these juniors overseas and see what it’s all about across the pond. We had

I want to thank all my assis- tant coaches for an outstanding job this year including Mike Simp- son, Jay Waldrop, Dwayne Weger, Tommy Browning and Les Greevy. It would be hard to do it without these guys by my side.

A big

thank you as well to USA Shoot- ing for allowing me to do what I love and be a part of the best team in the world.

I’m already

looking forward to next year. Go Team USA!

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