Date of Birth: 08/16/1993
Hometown: Groveland, California
Events: Women’s 10m Air Rifle, 50m Rifle Three Position
Personal: Got involved with shooting through 4-H, which taught her organization and her grandpa, who taught her patience. Earned a spot on the California Grizzlie junior service rifle team. The team taught her preparation and leadership. Her coach, Robert Taylor, suggested college shooting and learning to compete in air gun and smallbore. She walked-on to one of the best rifle programs in the country at Alaska Fairbanks, and red-shirted her first season in 2013. To gain more match experience her coach, Dan Jordan, suggested she compete at the World Cup tryouts in May 2014, which ultimately proved successful as she$ earned the privilege to compete internationally.
Having got her start as a high power shooter, Maddalena has quiety emerged on the scenes as one of the top contenders in Air Rifle. Completed her sophomore season at the University of Alaska Fairbanks where she was an NRA first-team All-American in air rifle and the second team in smallbore. Graduated from the Keyes to Learning Charter School in California. Awarded Distinguised Rifleman by the Civilian Marksmanship Program in 2011...President's 100 by the CMP in 2010 and 2011...High Overall Junior by the National Rifle Association in 2011...Helped California Grizzlies Junior Rifle Team to Whistler Boy Trophy (2011) and Freedom's Fire Trophy (2013). Currently studying forest management with an empahsis on sustainable harvesting and forest restoration.
One piece of advice for a junior shooter . . .
If you have a dream, follow it. Work to make that dream come true. In work, I mean train. Train smarter and longer than you think is possible. Through hard work, dedication, and perseverance, that dream will come true. What you take from the journey to achieve your dream will be an even greater reward. With a journey such as the one you are about to embark on, you will meet friends, learn life skills from mistakes, and grow strong in what you believe in. Every second counts.
- 2014 World Team Member
- 2014 Spring Selection Match, Silver Medalist