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2014: With Rio in Sight Challenges Await


In the Olympic/Paralympic


realm, your next great litmus test is always just around the corner. The Olympic Games are certainly the peak of opportunity, but along the way are several mea- suring sticks to determine your program’s overall success. This year, 2013, was a period


of great transition where athletes chose to makeover their game, temporarily remove themselves


Also, competitors got an up- close look at the new Interna- tional Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) rules that have changed the game tremendously. Sizzling qualifying scores mean little if they can’t be backed up in the new fi nals format. The change took its toll on even the most sea- soned veterans. Two-time Olym- pian Corey Cogdell equaled the world record mark in the Grana-


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how the game has changed and the adjustments both individu- ally and programmatically that are still ongoing.


The landscape changes tre- mendously in 2014 with much more on the line and the win- dow to Rio drawing ever closer. Olympic qualifi cation is upon us as is the biggest competition for any Olympic-level shooter, the World Shooting Championships.


Marksmanship Unit (USAMU), March 26 - April 4. Next, the world’s best shotgun athletes re- turn to Tucson Trap & Skeet Club for a shotgun World Cup, April 8 - 15. Paralympic shooting returns to Fort Benning,,Ga., June 3 - 8, for the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Cup. These competitions, as well as the normal tests of marks- manship that pack the schedule, will serve as a prelude to a fall showdown in Granada, Spain,


Dania Vizzi won silver in Junior Women’s Skeet at the World Clay Target Championships in Lima, Peru.


Photo by: Marco Dalla Dea/ISSF


from the thrill of competition or sit in the shadows to nurse injury. You saw this with Olympians like Kim Rhode, Jamie Beyerle Gray, Matt Emmons, Amanda Furrer, Daryl Sza- renski and Josh Richmond. In their place rose competitors such as Dania Vizzi, Sarah Beard, Dempster Christenson, Emily Holsopple, Will Brown, Lydia Paterson and Ian Ru- pert who showcased shooting skill well beyond their years and laid down a challenge to those veteran shooters.


da World Cup only to fi nish third. Four-time Olympian Glenn Eller broke the world record mark but could only manage a fi fth-place fi nish. Jeff Holguin shot the best match of any competitor at the USA Shooting National Champi- onships and still wouldn’t walk away with a national title, losing in a shoot-off to Josh Richmond in the gold-medal fi nal.


Examples


of both the triumphs and tribu- lations of this new fi nals format abound, serving as a reminder of


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Those two things alone ramp up the level of competitiveness and change the temperature of every training session and every shoot- ing match from this point on. USA Shooting Team athletes


will have opportunity to showcase their skills to friends and family with three domestic World Cups dotting the spring landscape. A late March test for rifl e/pistol kicks-off the competitive inter- national season as we return to Fort Benning and the U.S. Army


with the 51st World Shoot- ing Championships as over 90 shooters are expected to partici- pate for the Red, White and Blue. Much smaller, but as important in terms of Olympic qualifi cation, is the Confederation of Americas Shooting (CAT) Championships in Guadalajara, Mexico, October 14 - 23, which concludes the busy international calendar in 2014.


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