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Time is Now for Athletes and Sport With Rio in Sight


Years of build up. Hours upon hours of prep. Bullets cast and guns raised. All for a 10-day period of time that GHÀ QHV RXU H[LVWHQFH DV DWK letes and a sport. Welcome to the Olympic & Paralympic year.


There’s really nothing


like it. Athletes and Olympic organizations spending end- less amounts of time and resources for the very spe- cial opportunity to represent America during the world’s grandest sporting spectacle. This much we know.


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like Matt Emmons (Browns Mills, New Jersey), Vincent Hancock (Eatonton, Geor- gia), Glenn Eller (Houston, Texas/U.S. Army Marksman- ship Unit), Keith Sanderson (Colorado Springs, Colo- rado) and Michael McPhail (Darlington,


Wisconsin/


USAMU) showcased their Olympic readiness in 2015 and stand ready to add to USA Shooting’s impressive Olympic medal count. Skeet World Champion Morgan Craft (Muncy Valley, Penn- sylvania) outshot a distin- guished class, including her


own teammates, to jump up RQ VWDJH ZLWK WKLV HOLWH À HOG Who will be joining them?


With stars such as Kim Rhode (El Monte, California) and Corey Cogdell-Unrein (Eagle River, Alaska) still trying to secure their spot along with a cast of both es- tablished veterans and new shooting talent, the competi- WLRQ WR À OO RXW WKH UHPDLQLQJ slots will be intense. 7KH À QDO SLHFH WR WKLV


puzzle won’t be in place until early June at the conclusion of the U.S. Olympic Team Tri- als for Airgun, but until then, be prepared for anything. As demonstrated in the


past, the athletes are sure to do their part to make us proud. But, this Olympic and Paralympic year will be that much more special if we all do our part to reach out to someone and bring them along for the ride.


78 USA Shooting News | Year in Review 2015 With Rio in Sight, we want


the shooting sports commu- nity to declare shooting as their Olympic & Paralympic sport. Rallying our commu- nity, quite frankly, is the only way we’re going to main- tain our history of success, a past that includes 107 medals including four in the most recent Olympic Games in London. Despite the vast array of


opportunity to compete and showcase the skills we val- ue as gun owners, the gold standard of marksmanship still resides with the USA Shooting Team and their pursuit of Olympic and Para- lympic medals. The tenets that have built the shooting sports into what it is today evoke passion, advocacy, nationalistic pride and tradi- tion, and there is no greater representative of those val- ues for the shooting sports


than the members of Amer- ica’s Shooting Team. Our team carries on the


proud tradition of medal- winning success and shoot- ing skill unlike any other country in the world, exem- plifying the greatest defense possible for protecting, pre- serving and promoting the shooting sports legacy of this country. The bottom line is this: Our athletes are the story. Collectively they represent everything that we love about the shooting sports. Their story can’t be told enough and as you cheer them on along their Road to Rio and beyond, recognize what opportunity this next year provides to help change the narrative and to give the gun culture something to be proud of and stand behind. Go USA!


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