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Paralympic Update

A Breakout Year for Paralympic Shooting

2013 was a true “breakout”

year for the USA Shooting Para- lympic program.

After 2012’s

focus almost entirely on the London team, we broadened our reach and had amazing success with several new athletes in in- ternational competitions.


athletes won International med- als (three for the fi rst time) and another made a fi nal at a World Cup.

McKenna Dahl (Arlington,

Wash.) and John Joss (Fort Mi- chael, Ala.)

kicked the year off

in Austria, with Dahl winning fi ve golds in six rifl e events and Joss winning three medals in three rifl e events. Dahl is still in high school and was the USAS Jr. Am- bassador this year. Joss is one of several new athletes in the U.S. Army Marksmanship Para- lympic division at Ft. Benning. Several athletes saw success in non-International Paralympic Committee events in Dortmund and Hanover, Germany. In May, Joss took the next huge step by winning a bronze medal at the IPC World Cup in Antalya, Turkey. In July, Dahl and Tammy Delano (Rome, N.Y.) both qualifi ed for fi nals in their rifl e events at the IPC World Cup in Stoke Mandev- ille, England. Perhaps the biggest event of

the year was the IPC World Cup in Bangkok, Thailand in August. Eric Hollen (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Mike Tagliapietra (Fond du Lac, Wis.) both won pistol medals and Dahl won a rifl e medal. The highlight of the trip was Joss winning the Gold medal in his R3 Air Rifl e Prone event. At

New members to the Paralympic National and Developmental Teams were named at the USA Shooting National Championships this summer.

the IPC-approved match in Rio de Janerio, Brazil in October, Ta- gliapietra (a new Olympic Train- ing Center resident athlete) won one gold and two medals in his three pistol events to fi nish the year on a high note. We named several athletes to the National or Development Teams at this year’s National Championships.

In addition to

the athletes mentioned above, Jazmin Almlie-Ryan (Houston, Tex- as), Nick Beach (Dresden, Ohio), Kerry Morris (Grand Prairie, Texas) and new AMU shooters Eric True- blood and Shaun Tichenor all joined the Developmental team. As re- cently as the Dixie Double at the beautiful CMP range in Anniston, Ala. in November, several new AMU athletes competed strongly, showing the benefi ts of a great training program.

Tichenor and

Trueblood each qualifi ed for one of the open fi nals in the Mixed Air Pistol events. Joss and Joseph Mille each fi red qualifying scores

52 USA Shooting News | Year in Review 2013

likely to make fi nals at IPC World Cups in the R3 event. Cory Do- ane and Joshua Budd fi red solid scores over 620.0 as well. I worked with numerous af-

fi liated organizations to help run events like Warrior Games, National Veterans Wheelchair Games, Valor Games, Texas Re- gional Games and a camp at the Lakeshore Foundation in Alabama. Our CTC in New Jersey is adding emphasis on recruiting Paralympic athletes (especially juniors) and Ole Mill in Georgia, LAR&R in California and the CTC in Palmyra, Pennsylvania have worked with Paralympic shoot- ers. The National Three-Position Air Rifl e Council is integrating disabled athletes into their com- petitions as well. Most matches can easily accommodate dis- abled shooters as the events and rules closely match the ISSF rules.

In 2014, we will host an IPC World Cup at Fort Benning, Ga.


in June and compete at the IPC World Championships in Suhl, Germany in July (beginning the qualifying process for the 2016 Paralympic Games). Several oth- er big matches that spring should help prepare our U.S. athletes to compete at the highest level, but our biggest issue is funding. Most of our fi nancial support comes from the U.S. Olympic Committee, and that is virtually unchanged from the budget that prepared two athletes to com- pete in London in 2012. Please think about people you know with the resources and interest to help these amazing athletes who have already overcome so many challenges and in so many cases, have made major sacri- fi ces while serving our country. Invite disabled kids from your lo- cal schools to come try shooting with you at your range. It may be the most rewarding thing you do in our great sport!

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