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rifle athlete of the Year


Amy Sowash Amy Sowash is known for


her intensity, drive and edge. She’s not here to mess around and with an Olympic spot on the line, those quali- ties will only sharpen over the next year. If 2014 was any indica-


tion, Sowash is ready to take the stage. The proof was in her results as she shot with the greatest consistency of any rifl e athlete this season highlighted by a national title and several close calls. The payoff was earning 2014 Athlete of the Year honors in the discipline. She shook off troubling lower back problems that


have plagued her since be- fore a 2012 Olympic run and joined forces with 2004 Olympian Brian Beaman for coaching support and coun- sel. The pistol Olympian helps her by breaking down shot process and fundamen- tals while working with her on mental approach. These ingredients, combined with competitive genetics, are paying huge dividends. Her body of work this


past season includes some near misses that would have turned a good report card into outstanding. With a gallant last stand at World Championships, Sowash


76 USA Shooting News | Year in Review 2014


came close competing in the Women’s 50-meter Three- Position Rifl e event. Her fi - nal 20 shots standing were better than any person in the 66-person fi eld with just fi ve shots landing outside the bullseye (10-ring). Still, it wasn’t good enough given the high scores shot amidst an almost still range and left her one point and fi ve center-10s out of a possible spot in the fi nals where she could have battled for one of the fi ve Olympic quota spots available in the event. She’d settle for 14th-place. At the 2014 World Cup Finals, Championship of the


Americas and World Cup USA, she fi nished just out- side of the medals in fourth place.


The plan all along has


been for Sowash to pursue Olympic glory. She system- atically chose this sport be- cause of the path it offered. With Rio in Sight, Sowash hopes that 2014 is just the springboard she needs to realizing an intense, but reachable, dream.


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