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Fairbanks (UAF). He was the NJOSC air rifl e champion and is in good position for not only junior selection in both events after NJOSC but in the open division as well as he sits in fourth overall in three-position with one selection match remaining to name the 2014 World Championships Team. Another impressive per-


formance was provided by Alexander


Chichkov (Temple


Terrace, Fla.) who won both pistol events contested. In addition, USA Shooting wel- comed six new National Ju- nior Team members to its


ranks based on shooter per- formances during NJOSC. New additions in pistol in- clude Justin Ahn (Diamond Bar, Calif.), Taylor Gallegos (Prosper, Texas) and Irina An- drianova (Schaumburg, Ill.). In Rifl e, three new female athletes earned their jacket including Abby Votava (Colo- rado Springs, Colo., pictured below), Lauren Phillips (Sea- beck, Wash.) and Lorelie Stanfi eld (Fairbanks, Alaska). The competitors in the open division get most of the glory, but the results in the youngest age division (J3), which features shooters 14


years or


younger, actually


stole the show during the Men’s Three-Position Rifl e event. Alec Patajo (Puyallup, Wash.) and Peter Fiori (Leba- non, N.J.) both equaled the J3 national record in the event with scores of 1136, which four-time Olympian and 2004 Olympic silver medalist Mike


Smallbore Rifl e. The up- graded range is a testament to USA Shooting’s commit- ment to providing the best possible experience for its athletes.


The National Junior Olym- Anti called


“mighty impressive” during the medal ceremony. Both Patajo and Fiori fi nished 1-2 in the Air Rifl e event as well. For the fi rst time, NJOSC


competitors were treated to the thrill of shooting on electronic targets as USA Shooting underwent a mas- sive range upgrade in late 2013 to install a new target system, improve lighting and enhance the spectator expe- rience. Improving the range even more was the debut of a designated Airgun Finals Range as provided by the Ridenour family in honor of the late David F. Ridenour, who competed for West Vir- ginia in the early 80s and was the fi rst four-time NRA All-American in both Air and


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pic Shooting Championships still aren’t over with competi- tors in the shotgun events still gunning at their state- level Junior Olympic events to potentially qualify for their opportunity to compete in Colorado Springs this July. Click on “Events” then


“National Junior Olympic Program” for complete 2014 NJOSC Results. USA Shoot- ing now has over 20,000 photos showcasing our great athletes and sport on its Flickr site including 711 from the 2014 National Ju- nior Olympic Shooting Cham- pionships. Check them out and download the ones you like here:


fl ickr.com/pho- tos/usashooting/sets/


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