Meet the Athlete: Jeff Holguin

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (January 7, 2011)

Meet Sergeant Jeffrey G. Holguin, a member of the National Shotgun Team and part of the red, white and blue Men’s Double Trap arsenal. Holguin is currently ranked seventh in the world and is gearing up for an even stronger 2011. A native of Yorba Linda, Calif., Holguin graduated from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs with a degree in Health Care Science. Holguin trains at Fort Benning as part of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit. Coming from a long line of competitive shooters—Holguin’s late grandfather, father and brother are all Amateur Trapshooting Association shooters—he has what it takes to win. In 2010, Holguin earned bronze medals at both the Dorchester and Acapulco World Cups. He also finished fourth at the 2010 World Championship and helped propel the Men’s Double Trap Team to a team gold medal. Moreover, Holguin was a 2008 Olympian and finished in fourth place.

Success hasn’t come easy; Holguin had to battle vision issues as his contacts would always dry out during a round. He now uses safety goggles that adhere to his face and prevent air from getting into his contacts. When prompted about advice for junior shooters, Holguin offered three important tips: “Set goals, seek coaching from a credible source and study sport psychology.” Holguin married Buena Vista, Ga., native Laci Powell in October of 2010 and they live in Laci's hometown. When he’s not training, Holguin enjoys spending time hunting ducks and geese. USA Shooting would like to wish Jeffrey G. Holguin a gold-medal season as he gears up for the first shotgun World Cup in Chile.