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U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Shotgun


Thriller in Tillar: 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials For Shotgun to Determine Four Olympians


The stage is set for an absolute thriller in Tillar as the nation’s best shotgun athletes compete for four spots on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Tillar, Arkansas, May 18-25.


One spot is available


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Sports Complex is hosting the major event, which is the


Women’s Skeet Five-time Olympic med-


alist Kim Rhode (El Monte, California) did enough over WDUJHWV DQG WZR À QDOV


in Cyprus. Amber English (Colorado Springs, Colorado) is within striking distance, GRZQ E\ À YH DIWHU KLWWLQJ DQG À QLVKLQJ VHF


ond and third in each of the WZR À QDOV WR SXW KHUVHOI LQWR VHFRQG SODFH (QJOLVK À Q ished fourth behind Rhode


2012 Olympian Frank Thompson currently leads the Men’s Skeet competition.


not qualify for an Olympic slot in Men’s Trap, though the event will still be con- tested in Tillar. Results from stage one of Olympic Tri- als that took place October 9-17, 2015 in Tucson, Arizo- na, carry over to this match. The program for stage two will include an additional two TXDOLÀ FDWLRQ URXQGV DQG WZR separate Finals matches per event.


The winner will be


the shooter with the highest cumulative score from four WRWDO TXDOLÀ FDWLRQ PDWFKHV


second time the renowned shooting center is hosting a major USA Shooting match. This time, though, the con- ditions and intensity will be entirely different than they were during the Fall Selec- tion Match the resort hosted in November 2014.


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at World Cup Rio. Nine back of Rhode is 16-year-old Katie Jacob (Rochester, Michigan) who announced her pres- HQFH DPRQJ D WDOHQWHG À HOG ZLWK D WHUULÀ F SHUIRUPDQFH throughout the week that in- cluded appearances in both À QDOV 'DQLD 9L]]L 2GHVVD Florida) is in fourth position, 12 targets out.


Men’s Skeet Four days of competition


solved virtually nothing in the race to join two-time Olympic gold medalist Vincent Han- cock (Eatonton, Georgia) as an Olympic teammate in Rio. His 2012 Olympic teammate Frank Thompson (Alliance, Nebraska) is in the running as is U.S. Army Marksman- ship Unit’s (USAMU) Hayden Stewart (Columbia, Tennes-


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