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BY DAVE JOHNSON DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS


With Two Years to Rio, Increased Funding and Expectations


This year has been a very challenging and rewarding year for USA Shooting ath- letes, staff and community. The schedule was unprec- edented in scope of travel— Los Angeles to Fort Benning, Georgia, Europe, South and Central America and central Asia. Athletes were com- peting in some cases from March through November in the effort to gain experience and earn precious Olympic country quotas so that we can compete in the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Shooting supported


more athletes in both Open and Junior levels for camps, competitions, and training experiences than ever be- fore. Staff, volunteers and event hosts worked as a team to run the selections and process the teams to the 51st World Championship (81 athletes), the Champi- onship of the Americas (63 athletes) and the IPC World Championships. Addition- ally, USA athletes competed in seven World Cups, a fi rst ever Junior World Cup and several other training com- petitions. Getting the athletes pre-


pared was a focused effort on learning new rules, train- ing strategies, media skills, team dynamics, and perfor- mance on demand. Our Na- tional Team coaching staff and assistants did a great job preparing the athletes


for success. Support from USA Shoot-


ing’s donors, sponsors, and the USOC has been criti- cal to making it all happen. Travel with guns is expensive and the challenges are grow- ing every year. We sincerely appreciate, and work hard to continue to earn, all of your support. There were many high-


lights during the year featur- ing veterans of our teams that earned additional medals on the world stage. Perhaps an even more im- pressive trend was the rise of several Emerging Elite athletes (juniors and young adults) that earned fi nals and medals in 2014 in both Junior and Open events. This group of athletes will be- come the leaders and cham- pions over the next several years. The USA Paralympic Shooting team also earned an impressive two Paralym-


pic quota slots in 2014—a fi rst, and a great start to- wards Rio! The USOC has once again


determined USA Shooting to be one of their premier med- al potential sports for 2016 with an increase of 28 per- cent in funding. The commit- ment fully supported USAS’s High Performance Plan that highlights every part of the organization in a team ef- fort to increase Team USA’s medal count in Rio. Addi- tionally, USOC increased Direct Athlete Support to our top athletes in the form of health insurance grants, incentive payments, and monthly stipend support to help athletes cover training expenses. Looking toward the 2016


Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the critical task in 2015 is to earn Olympic country quota slots (maxi- mum possible is two per


country per Olympic event) and to qualify as many ath- letes as possible in order to create a diverse athlete pool for selections in 2015- 16. Please see our website resources for detailed selec- tion procedures and match information. The Rio de Janeiro Olym-


pic Games are projected to host 10,500 athletes repre- senting 204 countries in 42 sports. Olympic Shooting will again have the fi rst medal event awarded—Women’s Air Rifl e on August 6, 2016. The Paralympic Games have 23 sports including Shoot- ing and start on September 7, 2016. Look for Team USA to


be back on the ranges in competition on the Shotgun fi elds in March World Cups and the Rifl e/Pistol/Para ranges in April 2015!


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