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News & Notes Remembering Olympian John Satterwhite John Charles Satter-


white, 71, of Brandon, Mis- sissippi died August 21, 2014 at a VA hospital in Roseberg, Oregon, where he was recuperating from a stroke. Satterwhite was a Renais-


sance man with many inter- ests and accomplishments related to shooting and the outdoors. His shooting ac- complishments are legend- ary. He was an Air Force Marksmanship Instructor and trained thousands of servicemen in rifl e and pis- tol marksmanship includ- ing many B-52 and KC-135 crews during the Vietnam War. He served as a con- sultant to Law-Enforcement agencies, Special Weapons and Tactics Teams, and U.S. Navy Crisis Response Teams. He was the All Armed Forces National Skeet Cham- pion in 1968 and the All Armed Forces International Style Champion in 1975. John was also a four time United States International Skeet Champion in 1968,


1974, 1975, and 1976. In 1979, he was a member of the World Championship and World Record-holding U.S. Skeet team in Mon- tacatini, Italy. He was also the Captain of two U.S. Pan- American Shooting teams (1975 and 1979), the 1976 Olympic Shooting Team, and the 1979 U.S. World Shoot- ing Championships team. Among many individual shooting honors, he was for many years the U.S. High Average leader in Interna- tional Skeet, the 20 Gauge National High Average lead- er in the NSSA (American Style Skeet), a member of several military All-American shooting teams, and won 12 medals in International and World Competitions, six of which were Gold. Satterwhite is one of the


Legends of Sport featured in The Olympic Room in the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee in 1975.


He was also an accom-


plished outdoor writer and a prolifi c story teller who would leave his audiences entranced. And, he loved all things outdoors including his dogs, bird hunting, squir- rel hunting, and fi shing. He also loved racing classic hot


rods. John was also a great teacher and nothing made him happier than teaching children, and those with no or few shooting skills, the joys of mastering a shooting sport.


New National Ranking System Unveiled As of December 2014, USA Shooting has implemented a new National Rankings system. We are excited to unveil this


system as we feel it is much improved on our old system and a better service to our athletes. The primary upgrade is the new weighting factor that will be used. Athletes will now receive an incremental increase in their ranking based on the events they shoot. The weighted events are State Junior Olympics, National Junior Olympics, National Championships and ISSF Championships. In addition to the weight factor, bonus points will also be awarded for the top-eight fi nishers of our matches. This system will be completely new for USA Shooting and our patrons. The spreadsheet outlining the new system is


posted on the ‘National Rankings’ tab under ‘The Team’. If you have any feedback or concerns on the system you may email competitions@usashooting.org with your comments.


Year in Review 2014 | USA Shooting News 7


Photo courtesy of USOC Archives


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