ISSF World Cup Chile Preview

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 1, 2011)

The USA Shooting Team will begin the 2011 World Cup season with the first International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Shotgun World Cup in Concepcion, Chile. This year is especially important because quota spots to the London 2012 Olympic Games are available at all World Cups. The United States needs to secure quotas to send a full team to the Olympic Games, as participation in the Games is not a guarantee—federations must win quotas throughout the two years preceding the Olympic Games. The USA Shooting Team finished 2010 with five quota places of the eight available for shotgun events—one each in Men’s Double Trap, Women’s Skeet and Women’s Trap and two quotas in Men’s Skeet.

At the 2010 World Shooting Championships, Kim Rhode (El Monte, Calif.) won the quota in Women’s Skeet, Staff Sergeant Joshua Richmond (Hillsgrove, Pa.) won a quota in Men’s Double Trap and Sergeant Vincent Hancock (Eatonton, Ga.) won a quota in Men’s Skeet. At the intercontinental championships—the Championships of the Americas—Corey Cogdell (Eagle River, Alaska) won the quota in Women’s Trap and Frank Thompson (Alliance, Neb.) won the second quota in Men’s Skeet. The U.S. is permitted two quota spots per Olympic event, with the exception of Women’s Trap and Women’s Skeet, which allow one quota for each event. Athletes who have previously won a quota are not able to win another.

In addition to Olympic quotas, American athletes are vying for U.S. Olympic selection points. As a supplement to the U.S. Olympic Trials, USA Shooting adopted a point-system that gives individual athletes the opportunity to qualify for the Olympic Games throughout the two years preceding the Olympic Games. At designated competitions, athletes are awarded points for entering the finals and/or winning a medal. The point values vary per competition, and there is a set threshold of points an athlete must reach. If no athlete reaches the threshold, then USA Shooting will hold the U.S. Olympic Trials as in the past.

Though an earthquake shook Chile earlier this week, the organizing committee is reassuring competitors and fans that everything is on schedule and set to go. The Chile World Cup begins on Thursday, March 3, with the Men’s Double Trap event. The USA will be cheering for Men’s Double Trap athletes Sergeant Glenn Eller (Katy, Texas and pictured above), Sergeant Jeffery Holguin (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Richmond to top the podium. The following day, National Team Members Caitlin Connor (Winnfield, La.), Jaiden Grinnell (Port Angeles, Wash.) and Rhode will be representing the USA in Women’s Skeet.

On Saturday, March 5, the competition heats up as Cogdell, Rachael Heiden (Clinton, Mich.) and Caitlin Weinheimer (Kerrville, Texas) take the stage in Women’s Trap. Men’s Skeet athletes Hancock, Jon Michael McGrath (Tulsa, Okla.) and Frank Thompson (Alliance, Neb.) begin Monday, March 7. The competition wraps up on Tuesday, March 8 with Men’s Trap. Lance Bade (Vancouver, Wash.), Brian Burrows (Fallbrook, Calif.) and Collin Wietfeldt (Hemlock, Mich.).

Results will be posted on the ISSF Website and at USA Shooting’s website and USAS Facebook.

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