Three Olympians, One Paralympian Highlight Rocky Mountain Rifle Championship Competitors
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (February 14, 2013)
Every February, rifle shooters converge to take part in pre-season training and compete against some of the sport’s top athletes. This year’s Rocky Mountain Rifle Championships is no exception. The match will be held Feb. 14-17 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
A field of nearly 40 competitors is highlighted by three Olympians: Jason Parker (USAMU/Omaha, Neb.), Eric Uptagrafft (USAMU/Phenix City, Ala.) and Michael McPhail (USAMU/Darlington, Wis.) along with 2012 Paralympian Josh Olson (USAMU/Spokane, Wash.). Also included in the roster of competitors are two Canadian visitors.
U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit teammates McPhail and Uptagrafft are among the world’s best in the Men’s Prone Rifle event and their battle will be among the featured events of the competition. The four-time Olympian Parker is among the world’s top marksmen in the Men’s Three-Position Rifle event highlighted by his recent World Cup Finals victory in Bangkok last fall.
The smallbore shooting begins on Valentine’s Day, February 14, with relays in the morning and afternoon (8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. MST respectively). The smallbore shooting will conclude with finals at 1:00 p.m. MST on Saturday. Air rifle athletes will compete in finals on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. MST.
“The Rocky Mountain Rifle Championships is an excellent warm-up match for the upcoming competition season,” said Director of Operations Dave Johnson. “Whether you are preparing for a World Cup, the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships or a local match, Rocky Mountain Rifle will help you prepare.”
For more information, please visit the match program online.