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USA Shooting Team Ready to Defend Home-Field Advantage

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 19, 2012)

Josh Richmond, 2010 Double Trap World ChampionTwenty-three of USA Shooting’s elite shotgun competitors will try to defend their home-field advantage beginning Sunday, March 25, when action in the 2012 International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) Shotgun World Cup gets underway in Tucson, Ariz.

USA Shooting (USAS) is expecting more than 250 competitors to participate in the weeklong event.  With many highly-ranked shooters set to descend upon the Arizona desert, including shooters from 42 countries and a strong U.S. squad, the action will be intense as the ISSF kicks off its 2012 World Cup season.

The Tucson Trap & Skeet Club, an official USAS Certified Training Center, will stage the event that will serve as one of three final World Cup stops contested prior to the 2012 Olympic Games in London.  Shooters will compete in the three different international shotgun events of trap, double trap and skeet.

Among the 250-plus competitors expected, 30 athletes rank within the ISSF top-10 in their respective disciplines.  For a view at the top international athletes expected to compete, click here.

Leading the U.S. Team into competition will be Kim Rhode (El Monte, Calif.) as she begins her quest for Olympic history.  The four-time Olympic medalist has the opportunity to become the first U.S. athlete to win five individual medals in five Olympic Games if she accomplishes the feat yet again in London. She’ll be shooting her main event (skeet) and trying to earn a Minimum Qualifying Score (MQS) to make her Olympic eligible in women’s trap. 

Four additional 2008 Olympians will also be a part of the USA Shooting Team represented in Tucson including gold medalists Sergeant Vincent Hancock (skeet/Eatonton, Ga.) and Sergeant Glenn Eller (double trap/Katy, Texas) of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) as well as Women’s Trap bronze medalist Corey Cogdell (Eagle River, Alaska).  Sergeant Jeff Holguin (USAMU/Yorba Linda, Calif.), a fourth-place finisher in double trap, is also set to participate.  

The U.S. team is also stocked with rising talent in all disciplines who are primed to make a run at Olympic contention. Standing tallest among them is Staff Sergeant Josh Richmond (USAMU/Hillsgrove, Pa.), a 2010 World Champion in Double Trap, who is already Olympic-eligible by virtue of his success in the event over the past two seasons.  Also adding to the strength of the USA’s double trap contingent is the fast-rising Billy Crawford (Johnstown, Ohio), who is the current Junior World Champion and Derek Haldeman (USAMU/Sunbury, Ohio).

In Women’s Skeet, Rhode will be joined by Junior World Championships bronze medalist Morgan Craft (Hughesville, Pa.) and fourth-place finisher Brandy Drozd (Bryan, Texas), who also finished second to Rhode at the USA Shooting National Championships. Alexander Chiang (Redwood City, Calif.) and Caitlin Connor (Winnfield, La.) are also set to compete.  

In Women’s Trap, Cogdell will shoot alongside Caitlin Barney Weinheimer (Kerrville, Texas), who has emerged on the USA Shooting scene and is leading the current Olympic selection in the event.  Also competing will be Kayle Browning (Wooster, Ark.) and Kelsey Zauhar (Lakeville, Minn.).

In Men’s Skeet, Hancock will pair with Jon Michael McGrath (Tulsa, Okla.), a 2010 Junior World Champion and 2011 Sydney (Australia) World Cup winner. BJ Blanchard (Vidor, Texas), Frank Thompson (Alliance, Neb.) and Mark Weeks (Clinton Township, Mich.) will also be participating. 

U.S. competitors in Men’s Trap feature Collin Wietfeldt (Hemlock, Mich.), Jake Turner (Richland, Wash.), Dustin Anderson (Woodstock, Ga.) and Staff Sergeant Ryan Hadden (Pendleton, Ore.).  The USA Shooting Team does not have a quota in Men’s Trap and will be unable to send a representative to London.  After the retirement of several veteran competitors including four-time Olympian and current USA Shooting National Team Head Coach Bret Erickson, this group is poised to start building for the future and already have the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in their sights.    

“Our team is ready for the upcoming World Cup and anxious to get things started,” said Erickson.  “We rarely get the opportunity to shoot competitively against world-level competition in our own country, so when we do, it creates a lot of energy and excitement among all the shooters.  The Tucson Trap & Skeet Club has been gracious in their support of our efforts and we’re confident in the level at which they’ll perform.  We hope to match that level as a team and defend our home-field advantage.”   

World Cup Schedule

Sunday, March 25           Men’s Skeet – Day 1                                            9 am – 6 pm      

                                               Women’s Skeet – Prelims & Finals

 

Monday, March 26          Men’s Skeet Final                                                10 am – 6 pm

                                        

Wednesday, March 28    Men’s Double Trap – Prelims & Finals      9 am – 4 pm


Friday, March 30             Men’s Trap – Day 1                                              9 am – 6 pm

                                               Women’s Trap – Prelims & Finals             

                                        

Saturday, March 31         Men’s Trap Final                                                  10:30 am – 6 pm

 

 USA Shooting Team ‚óŹ Tucson World Cup


Men’s Trap (4)

Dustin Anderson (Woodstock, Ga.)

Ryan Hadden (USAMU/Pendleton, Ore.)  

Jake Turner (Richland, Wash.)

Collin Wietfeldt (Hemlock, Mich.)


Women’s Trap (5)

Caitlin Barney Weinheimer (Kerrville, Texas)

Kayle Browning (Wooster, Ark.)

Corey Cogdell (Eagle River, Alaska)

Kim Rhode (El Monte, Calif.)

Kelsey Zauhar (Lakeville, Minn.)

 

Men’s Skeet (5)

BJ Blanchard (Vidor, Texas)

Vincent Hancock (USAMU/Eatonton, Ga.)

Jon Michael McGrath (Tulsa, Okla.)

Frank Thompson (Alliance, Neb.)

Mark Weeks (Clinton Township, Mich.)

 

Women’s Skeet (5)

Alexander Chiang (Redwood City, Calif.)

Brandy Drozd (Bryan, Texas)

Caitlin Connor (Winnfield, La.)

Morgan Craft (Hughesville, Pa.)

Kim Rhode (El Monte, Calif.)

 

Men’s Double Trap (5)     

Billy Crawford (Johnstown, Ohio)

Glenn Eller (USAMU/Katy, Texas)

Derek Haldeman (USAMU/Sunbury, Ohio)

Jeff Holguin (USAMU/Yorba Linda, Calif.)

Josh Richmond (USAMU/Hillsgrove, Pa.)


MEDIA NOTES:  Get up-close with the sport of shotgun shooting and the world’s best shooters in trap, double trap and skeet with the WORLD CUP MEDIA DAY, March 22 beginning at 12 noon at the Tucson Trap & Skeet Club.  We’ll provide media in attendance with a catered lunch and then give you the opportunity to be an Olympic contender for a day as you try to hit clay targets traveling 60-70 mph while being instructed by USA Shooting National Team Members, coaches and other world-class athletes.  In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to interview athletes and coaches as they prepare for this world-class competition.

MEDIA CREDENTIALS:  To get a media credential for the Tucson World Cup or to register for the WORLD CUP MEDIA DAY, please click here to register.  

 Tucson Trap & Skeet Club

The Tucson Trap and Skeet Club is a 501c3 non-profit organization located at 7800 W. Old Ajo Highway.  It has served southern Arizona's shooting sportsman since its original incorporation in 1948 and is also one of the oldest and largest clubs in the nation.  The Tucson Trap & Skeet Club has been in its present location, west of historic Tucson, since early 1976 when construction on the 80-acre site was completed.  In 2009, the club was named a shotgun Regional Training Center by USA Shooting, which designates it as an area with exceptional facilities, coaches, and competition opportunities.  For more information about The Tucson Trap and Skeet Club, please visit their website www.tucsontrapandskeet.com.

USA Shooting

USA Shooting, a 501c3 non-profit corporation, was chartered by the United States Olympic Committee as the National Governing Body for the sport of shooting in April 1995. USA Shooting's mission is to prepare American athletes to win Olympic medals, promote the shooting sports throughout the U.S. and govern the conduct of international shooting in the country. Check us out on the web at www.usashooting.org

For more information about the Tucson Trap & Skeet Club, please contact Laura Gormley at 520 883-6426.   For USA Shooting media inquiries, please contact Kevin Neuendorf, Director of Media and Public Relations, at 719-866-4605 or by e-mail at kevin.neuendorf@usashooting.org.

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