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2015 USA Shooting Team Season Preview: Quota Hunting

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (December 22, 2014)

Quotas. Quotas. Quotas.  That’s both the story and goal as the USA Shooting Team eyes the upcoming 2015 season. The calendar is packed with 12 World Cups, a World Championship, the Pan American Games and all the national competition and selections that go along with it.  All energy, effort and resources is being driven toward helping the USA Shooting Team earn as many Olympic and Paralympic quotas as possible.

A quota is essentially the placeholder necessary to guarantee a country a spot to compete in each of the 15 Olympic and 12 Paralympic events.  For more on how USA Shooting Team athletes can earn a spot on the 2016 Olympic or Paralympic Team, click here.

USA Shooting will host both an International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup (May 11-19) as well as the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Cup (November 1-9) in Fort Benning, Georgia. 

The summer will culminate with USA Shooting hosting the Biennial Coach College and Conference along with the USA Shooting Hall of Fame induction and Alumni Reunion. The Coach College and Conference will take place August 20-August 29 with induction and reunion both taking place Saturday, August 29.

The shotgun program will look to repeat upon a truly historic 2014 campaign in which it earned 33 medals during international competition.  Seven country quotas remain available in 2015 after the team earned three quotas (Men’s & Women’s Skeet & Double Trap) this season.  

There’s no real time to rest on laurels either with three World Cups and a Spring Selection Match all to be sorted out before May.  The top-two finishers in each of the season’s first three World Cups including Acapulco, Mexico, Al Ain, UAE and Larnaca, Cyprus, will earn quota spots for their country.*

November’s Fall Selection Match finalized the 15 athletes that will be in pursuit of those quotas when the season begins down in Mexico on March 2. Pursuing the four quotas in trap (2 men/2 women) will be Corey Cogdell-Unrein  (Eagle River, Alaska) along with Jake Wallace (Castaic, California), Collin Wietfeldt (Hemlock, Michigan), Brian Burrows (Fallbrook, California), Kimberley Bowers (Lafayette, California) and Kayle Browning (Wooster, Arkansas).

The Men’s Skeet World Cup field will be led by the same three men who earned a team silver medal at the ISSF World Championship in Dustin Perry (Lovelady, Texas), Vincent Hancock (Eatonton, Georgia) and Frank Thompson (Alliance, Nebraska). The women will be led by a strong trio as well in Kim Rhode (El Monte, California), Morgan Craft (Muncy, Pennsylvania) and Caitlin Connor (Winnfield, Louisiana).

The Double Trap trio of World Cup competitors is U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) teammates Derek Haldeman (Sunbury, Ohio), Glenn Eller (Houston, Texas) and Jeff Holguin (Yorba Linda, California).

 With 18 remaining quotas still to attain in Rifle and Pistol, USA Shooting Team athletes have the biggest mountain to climb here. Quotas will be available in five 2015 events, including four World Cups and the Pan American Games, where athletes will have to finish in top-2 (smallbore) and top-3 (air) during World Cups or either win or come in second at the Pan Am Games.*

Smallbore athletes for 2015 events will be selected using the two early season selection matches, including a January selection match that begins January 5, and the 2015 USA Shooting National Championships.  Airgun athletes will be selected using results from the 2014 Winter Airgun Championships as well as April’s Final Selection Match and the USA Shooting National Championships.  

Airgun athletes selected to the first Rifle/Pistol World Cup of the season in Changwon, Korea, include previous World Cup winner Will Brown (Twin Falls, Idaho) in Men’s Air Pistol, teen female sensations Lydia Paterson (Kansas City, Kansas/women’s air pistol) and Sarah Osborn (Hampton, Virginia/women’s air rifle), and Army athletes James Henderson (Midland, Georgia), Greg Markowski (Columbus, Georgia) in Men’s Air Pistol, Dan Lowe (Olympia, Washington)in Men’s Air Rifle and Courtney Anthony (Lexington, Nebraska) in Women’s Pistol.  For a complete listing of airgun nominations, click here.

USA Shooting’s Paralympic athletes have three remaining qualifiers in 2015 to earn Paralympic quotas including Volmerange-Les-Mines, France, July 10-14, Sydney, Australia, September 15-19, and at home in Ft. Benning, Georgia, November 3-7. The team has already matched the number of participants it had in London with two after successful performances by McKenna Dahl (Arlington, Washington) and Mike Tagliapietra (Fond du Lac, Wisconsin) at the 2014 International Paralympic Committee World Championships. 

For a look at the 2015 USA Shooting competitive calendar, click here.  To read about USA Shooting’s 2014 highlights, click here. Be sure to check out the latest USA Shooting News YEAR IN REVIEW issue here.

*One (1) athlete can obtain only one (1) quota place for his/her NOC. If a quota place is achieved by an athlete who has already obtained a quota place in any other event, the quota place must be granted to the next highest ranked athlete in that event. The same rule applies when the NOC of an athlete has already obtained the maximum number of quota places in that event.

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