William Shaner

Date of Birth: 04/25/2001

Birthplace: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colorado

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

High School: Colorado Springs Early Colleges

CollegeUniversity of Kentucky '22

Facebook: @Will Shaner

Instagram: @W1lliam_shaner



Will is one of two University of Kentucky Rifle athletes who will be competing in the Tokyo Olympics. As one of the nation’s top prospects coming into college, he was named NCAA Rookie of the Year his freshman year and was an All-American First Team member in air rifle, smallbore and combined. He credits his successes to coaches and support from the National Training Center Shooting Club (NTCSC), USA Shooting, and the University of Kentucky for giving him an incredible journey. 

Will started in shooting sports when he was 9 years old at a small 4-H program in Colorado. His grandfather competed in the Army in High Power and thought that the 4-H program would be a good introduction to firearm safety and target training. Having a love for the sport, Will's family reached out to USA Shooting for more opportunities and started travelling to the Olympic Training Center (OTC) in Colorado Springs, Colorado as part of the National Training Center Junior Club (NTCSC) for monthly Preliminary Tryout (PTO) events until he could start qualifying for major matches. He won his first Junior Olympic Gold Medal at age 11 in 50m Prone. Fast forward less than a decade and Will is, according to known USAS records, the youngest youngest U.S. Men’s Olympic Rifle Qualifier. 

Best Junior Advice: “My advice to juniors is to never give up on their dreams, even when people say it is unlikely or impossible. With enough drive and hard work, the impossible dreams start becoming probable, and the voices of the disbelievers eventually stop telling you how to define your limits.”


Olympic Experience

  • Olympian (2020)


World Championship Experience

  • World Championships – Changwon, KOR 2018, Bronze (50m Prone) 
  • World University Games, Italy 2019
  • World Cups
    •  Munich, GER 2016
    • Ft. Benning, USA 2018
    • Rio de Janerio, BRZ 2019


Competition Experience:

  • US National Junior Olympics 2013-Current
  • US National Championships 2014-Current
  • Junior World Cup Suhl, GER 2018, Gold (50m Prone) 
  • Junior World Championship Suhl, GER 2017
  • Variety of European Matches 2016 - Current