Morgan Craft

CraftDate of Birth:  5/11/93

Hometown:  Muncy Valley, Pa.

Event: Women's Skeet

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Morgan started shooting international skeet at 14 years old but before that she began shooting rifles in 4H when she was seven years old because her father and paternal grandparents were instructors for 4H. In high school, she began 4H shotgun and joined the Sullivan County High School shotgun sports team. She earned a varsity letter in shooting was introduced to international skeet by Charlie Ziegler and honed her skill later with the late BJ McDaniel. 

In addition to shooting, she also enjoys skiing and hunting.  Morgan was also a member of her high school's soccer and basketball teams.  Graduated in 2015 from Lindenwood University majoring in Exercise Science with a career objective to be a physician's assistant in cardiology.  

Credits Lindenwood University Sports Psychology professor Paul Wright as an important ingredient in her string of recent success.  "He has one of the best personalities and teaching techniques I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing. He's extremely inspiring with all of his stories of brilliant athletic performances, is ALWAYS positive, and can make anyone laugh continuously. He taught me a lot about myself in my sport and every time I leave his office I feel even more inspired to be a better athlete and just a better person in general."

Earned a 2016 Olympic Team nomination in September 2015 through USA Shooting's Olympic Points system as a result of her World Championship golden performance and backed by silver and bronze-medal performances in back-to-back World Cup events in 2015.  She didn't finish outside the top-eight internationally once in five events.    

Lists two favorite quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson:  

  • "Do not follow where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
  • "Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it!"


Read her USA Shooting Feature Story  

Competition Highlights

  • 2016 Olympic Games, Fifth Place
  • 2016 World Cup Cyprus, Gold Medalist
  • 2015 World Champion
  • 2015 World Cup Gabala, Silver Medalist
  • 2015 World Cup Larnaca, Bronze Medalist
  • 2014 USA Shooting National Championships Gold Medalist
  • 2013 USA Shooting National Championships Bronze Medalist
  • 2013 USA Shooting National Championships Junior Champion
  • 2013 Spring Selection Match Bronze Medalist
  • 2012 World Cup Tucson, 4th Place
  • 2011 World Clay Target Championships, Junior Bronze Medalist and Team Gold Medal
  • 2011 Fall Selection, Silver Medalist
  • 2011 National Championships, Junior Bronze Medalist
  • 2010 Fall Selection Junior Silver Medalist
  • 2010 National Championships, Junior Bronze Medalist