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Shotgun athlete of the Year


Josh Richmond


On September 13, rec- ognition so bold as Athlete of the Year would not have been in the realm of pos- sibility for Josh Richmond. But, one day later, fate would change when Richmond set aside months of frustration and doubt and climbed to the top of the shotgun world yet again.


All the glory, the acco- lades, the hype and the magazine cover shoot, those are nice. But to really distin- guish yourself in sport, there are days you just have to show up to work and prove that your one of the best. Richmond won a world title in Double Trap and did just that.


It speaks to Richmond’s


prowess in the sport when two World Cup silver medals and a fourth-place fi nish at Nationals might be consid- ered a down year. But he ad- mitted as much after Grana- da. “I told the coaches [Todd Graves and Dwayne Weger] that I was stumbling. I had two months where I couldn’t fi nd anything and nothing worked. I was putting maxi- mum rounds down range but was really disappointed with my shooting. I had no confi dence.” But he discovered some-


thing during an early prac- tice round when no bird came out of the bunker on one of his calls. He felt it in- stantly. “I was pushing the


gun really bad and Todd and I both looked at each other and decided that we were going to let the targets come up and then chase after them. As complex of a game as this is, that’s the only thing I needed to switch.” Richmond became World


Champion for the third time, repeating the title he won in 2010 and earning the USA Shooting Team’s fi rst Olym- pic quota spot in the process (pictured). He won a Junior World title back in 2005. The performance also en- sured that the world’s fore- most Double Trap team of Richmond, Glenn Eller and Jeff Holguin would continue its remarkable run of glory.


Year in Review 2014 | USA Shooting News 73


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