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Rifl e Update


BY THOMAS TAMAS NATIONAL TEAM COACH FOR RIFLE


Rifl e Success: It Takes A Village One of the challenges this


year was being a long dis- tance National Team Coach and not being at the Olympic Training Center to work with individuals on a daily basis. Fortunately enough, I am able to rely on people of high caliber and extensive experi- ence. In the past, there had not been the amount of peo- ple in the supporting group that athletes have available to them today. I would like to take the opportunity to thank those individuals. It goes without saying Mike Anti, Jason Parker, Launi Meili, Ernie VandeZande, the college coaches and the staff of USA Shooting has been an integral part of the success of all the athletes. If you look at the experience


of this support group, you could not ask for a better team of individuals to rely on. Another challenge of this year is acquiring all the Olympic quota slots needed for the United States. I do believe that with all the fu- ture opportunities to acquire the quota slots our team will be able to earn the needed slots for the United States. Some of the successes


this year were the progress of the Junior and collegiate shooters. You can look at the junior and college ath- letes coming up today and the scores they are shooting are very close to the world- class level. The progress of these programs has resulted in more and more Junior and collegiate shooters making


the teams and doing exceed- ingly well in high pressure situations. One example would be Ryan Anderson‘s score (1168) at the World Championship in the Three- Position Rifl e event. This was an impressive under- taking for a young collegiate shooter. Some of the team and individual successes of this past year are as follows: Sarah Beard - Only


dropped two points in Air Rifl e at the World Champion- ship, and yet did not qualify for the Final – just an ex- ample of how diffi cult is the level of competition at the World Championship. Dempster Christenson


- Won the quota slot for Air Rifl e at the Championship of the Americas. Matt Emmons - qualifi ed


for the fi nal in Three-Position at the Fort Benning World Cup. A fourth-place fi nish in Prone at the Munich World Cup. A sixth-place fi nish in Three-Position with an ex- tremely respectable score of 630.0 to qualify for the Final and an eighth-place fi nish in Prone at the Maribor World Cup.


Reya Kempley - A fi fth-


place fi nish in 300m Prone and a ninth-place fi nish in 50m Prone at the World Championship. Erin McNeil - A bronze


medal in 300m Three-Posi- tion at the World Champion- ship.


Michael McPhail - A


bronze medal in 300m Prone and missed qualifying for the Final in 50m Prone by .03 of a point at the World Championship. Mindy Miles - Eighth-


place fi nish in Junior 10m Air Rifl e at the World Cham- pionship. Nick Mowrer - A bronze


medal in Prone at the Fort Benning World Cup. Sarah Scherer (pictured


right, with Amanda Furrer) - A bronze medal in Three- Position at the Fort Benning World Cup and a seventh place fi nish in Air Rifl e at the Munich World Cup. Amy Sowash - A fourth-


place fi nish in Three-Po- sition at the Fort Benning World Cup and she also shot score of 584 in 50m Three- Position and missed qualify- ing for the Final by one point at the World Championship. She also shot a respectable score of 587 and earned a fourth-place fi nish at the World Cup Final. There were also many


team gold medals for the United States at the Champi- onship of the Americas. Overall, this past year has


been a learning and growing period and I expect that the coming year will bring even more successes for the in- ternational rifl e team.


56 USA Shooting News | Year in Review 2014


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