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2012 Tucson World Cup of Shotgun Officially Begins with Southwestern Flare

TUCSON, Ariz. (March 24, 2012)

Tucson World CupBrought in by stagecoach and a live mariachi band, leaders of the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) declared open the 2012 ISSF World Cup of Shotgun late today at the Tucson Trap & Skeet Club.  More than 250 athletes from 40 nations are competing in the weeklong event.

After arriving via the Old Tuscon Stagecoach, ISSF President Olegario Vazquéz Raña officially welcomed athletes, coaches and officials to the event and boasted about the Club’s efforts in preparing a world-class venue. 

Competition gets started Sunday with day one of Men’s Skeet shooting along with qualification and finals in Women’s Skeet.   Four-time Olympian Kim Rhode (El Monte, Calif.) will compete in her signature event and as the 2010 World Champion will be favored to best the field.  Joining her on the line will be 2011 Junior World Championship bronze medalist Morgan Craft (Hughesville, Pa.) competing in her first World Cup and Brandy Drozd (Bryan, Texas), a fourth-place finisher at the 2010 World Championships.   Alexander Chiang (Redwood City, Calif.) and Caitlin Connor (Winnfield, La.) are also set to compete. 

Leading the class in Men’s Skeet will be reigning 2008 Olympic Games gold medalist Vincent Hancock (USAMU/Eatonton, Ga.).  He’ll be joined by Jon Michael McGrath (Tulsa, Okla.), a 2010 Junior World Champion and 2011 Sydney (Australia) World Cup winner, BJ Blanchard (Vidor, Texas) and Frank Thompson (Alliance, Neb.).

The 2012 Tucson World Cup is being organized by USA Shooting in cooperation with the Tucson Trap & Skeet Club and Tucson Sports.  To follow all the action, go to http://www.issf-sports.org/.

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