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Pistol athlete of the Year Photo by: Marco Dalla Dea/ISSF


Keith Sanderson The strength of USA


Shooting’s pistol program lies in the quick-paced ac- curacy of its Rapid Fire Pis- tol program, as witnessed by the last two Athletes of the Year in the discipline. Last year, it was Emil Milev and in 2014, Keith Sanderson. Sanderson claimed those


honors by virtue of three straight World Cup fi nals appearances as well as the gold medal at the 2014 World Cup USA. There the 39-year old athlete climbed upon the highest step of the podium (pictured) with 33 hits in the fi nal, beating Germany’s 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Christian Reitz (second with 26 hits)


and China’s fi rst time par- ticipant Chen Kehan. Shak- ing off the effects of an Au- gust 2013 arm surgery to fi x a forearm issue he’d had since 2010, Sanderson was back atop an ISSF podium for the fi rst time since 2009 in the Beijing World Cup. Also in 2014, Sanderson claimed national titles in both Rapid Fire and Stan- dard Pistol events


while


also fi nishing second at the Championship of the Ameri- cas. The two-time Olympian Sanderson last won Athlete of the Year honors in 2009, the last year he was healthy before 2014. Having fi nished his mili- tary career where he was a


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marksmanship instructor for both the Marines and Army, and served in the Army’s World Class Athlete Class


Program, Sanderson is back living in Colorado Springs and training full-time at the Olympic Training Center.


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