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Shotgun athlete of the Year


Brandy Drozd


Distinction in the skeet discipline is vexing at best. Distinguishing oneself doesn’t come easy when you compete alongside the reigning two-time Olympic champion and a shotgun matriarch.


Good thing for


Brandy Drozd (Bryan, Tex- as), distinction fi nds you when you work hard enough and accomplish much. That’s what happened


this year as the 20-year-old Drozd rose up from relative junior obscurity and claimed her spot among a prominent mix. For such, she’s the 2014 USA Shooting Athlete of the Year. She began the year by earning a spot on the World Team and sub-


sequent World Cups during Spring Selection. She then went to Tucson and fi nished fourth, just missing a medal following a shoot-off with Kim Rhode.


She’d again


lose a shoot-off to Rhode in World Cup action in Munich, but this time it was in the gold-medal match as she claimed the second World Cup medal of her career following a bronze-medal in 2012. In a preview of things to come, she’d earn a gold medal at the Spain Grand Prix in Granada, defeating teammate Haley Dunn. Early season success did


much to raise the confi dence of this Texas native, but so too did work ethic, compo-


sure beyond her years, and steely determination. Those ingredients came together nicely this September on her way to winning the World Championships. Drozd beat Great Britain’s Elena Allen to claim the title and also an Olympic quota spot for the USA Shooting Team in this event. Drozd earned the gold medal by defeating Allen 14 hits to 13 and thus adding to a season that has shown her true potential. Kim Rhode, rightfully so,


will be the marquee storyline for the USA Shooting Team as Rio approaches. But in her own event and with the added incentive of sending two women to the Olympic


Year in Review 2014 | USA Shooting News 75


Games in both shotgun dis- ciplines for the fi rst time, a new story has emerged in Brandy Drozd. After a bril- liant 2014 campaign, the eyes of Texas, America and world are upon her.


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