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Lucas Kozeniesky

Date of Birth: 05/31/1995

Birthplace: Meterie, Louisana

Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Events: Men’s 10m Air Rifle, Three-Position

High School: Robinson Secondary School (Fairfax, Va.) ‘13

CollegeNorth Carolina State University ‘17, Sport Management

Twitter: @LucasKOZUSA

Instagram: @LucasKozUSA

 

Personal

Son of Craig and Helen Kozeniesky, married to Blair Gruendl. Opened his own shooting consultation business focused on supporting youth athletes called Team Winning Solutions (twsolutions.org)…Hobbies include video games, working out, spending time with friends and competitive shooting.

Four-year member of JW Robinson Junior Rifle Club at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, VA ...Team Co-Captain (2011-2012, 2012-2013) ... Two-time recipient of Potomac High School League's "Top Gun" award for both air rifle and smallbore (2012, 2013).

This North Carolina State standout started shooting his freshman year of high school and a year later had already earned a trip to USA Shooting’s National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships, which ultimately helped motivate him to go shoot in college. During his first year at NC State, he admits that he made major improvements to his game which helped earn him Junior National Team status and a spot at the World Championships where he finished 29th.

Became the first Wolfpack All-American since 1975 while earning an individual selection to the NCAA Championships in air rifle. At the 2016 NCAA Rifle Championship, he finished among the top 10, firing the highest score in the preliminary round to match the program record with a tally of 596. 

In 2016, and became the first shooter from North Carolina State University to compete at the Olympic Games Rio 2016. Placed 21st at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016. After the Rio Olympics, went on to earn a Gold and Silver Medal at World Championship Competitions in Lima and Guadalajara respectively. At Olympic Trials Part 2 in February 2020, he tied a World Record and set a new United States Record with a score of 633.5 securing his spot on the Olympic Team and becoming the first Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualified Athlete for USA Shooting.

Best Junior Advice:  Patience is important to this sport. At times, this sport can be frustrating and juniors struggle to let new adjustments settle or fail to give their adjustments enough time to work.     


Olympic Experience

  • Olympian (2020)
  • Rio 2016 Olympic Games, 21st
  • Olympian (2016)

 

World Championship Experience

  • 2019 Pan American Games 10m Air Rifle, Gold Medalist, 2nd (mixed team air)
  • 2018 Continental American Championships 10m Air Rifle, Silver Medalist
  • 2018 – 15th (prone), 18th (mixed team air), 27th (three-position), 57th (air)

 

Competition Experience:

  • 2019 National Championships, Gold Medalist, Air
  • 2018 National Championships, 3rd (Air) 2nd (Three-Position)
  • 2017 National Championships, Gold Medalist, Air
  • 2016 National Championships, Gold Medalist, (Air; Three-Position)
  • 2015 Winter Airgun Championships, Silver Medalist
  • 2015 National Championships, 4th Place (Junior) in Air Rifle;  22nd Open
  • 2015 National Junior Olympic Championships (7th Air; 17th Prone; 16th Three-Position)
  • 2014 World Championships, 29th Place (Junior)
  • 2014 National Junior Olympic Championships (7th Air; 4th Three-Position)
  • 2013 National Junior Olympic Championships (28th Air; 33rd Prone; 34th Three-Position)
  • 2012 National Junior Olympic Championships (55th Prone; 52nd Three-Position; 32nd Air)
  • 2011 National Junior Olympic Championships (52nd Prone; 51st Three-Position)
 

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