2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Airgun Kicks Off with Official Training

PORT CLINTON, Ohio (February 24, 2012)

TrialsThe 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Airgun are officially underway.  Rifle and pistol athletes took the line today for pre-event training and preparation at the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) north facility in Port Clinton, Ohio. 

The first round of U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Airgun took place in December 2011 at the CMP’s south facility in Anniston, Ala.  The scores from the first part will be combined with those from the event this coming weekend.  On Sunday, Feb. 26, USA Shooting will nominate six athletes to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team: two each from Men’s 10m Air Rifle, Women’s 10m Air Rifle and Men’s 10m Air Pistol.

Several athletes also filtered through equipment control and made last-minute adjustments to their rifles and pistols that may have been jarred in travel.  With over 80 ten-meter firing points, the facility at Camp Perry is undoubtedly one of the top air rifle venues in the country.  “USA Shooting is excited to partner with the CMP again to host the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Airgun and nominate the Olympians that will represent us in London,” said Match Director, Pete Carson.

“When CMP considered building our two air rifle facilities, we envisioned hosting events such as this,” said CMP Program Coordinator Brad Donoho.  “It’s an honor to host the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Airgun.  Seeing this come to fruition is exciting.”

To date, there are 175 recorded participants: 23 in Women’s 10m Air Pistol, 51 in Men’s 10m Air Pistol, 37 in Women’s 10m Air Rifle and 48 in Men’s 10m Air Rifle.  Additionally, there are 48 junior shooters registered for this event, an impressive number considering that this is the middle of the NCAA rifle season. “I think it’s really exciting to see so many young junior shooters here because I was very motivated to excel toward higher scores whenever I shot in a national competition like this,” said Women’s 10m Air Rifle athlete Sarah Scherer (Woburn, Mass.).  “It is especially inspiring when you are shooting shoulder-to-shoulder with top shooters in the country!”

The first official shots will be recorded Saturday at 8:00 a.m. EST in the Men’s 10m Air Rifle event.  One important schedule change to note is that Women’s 10m Air Rifle and Women’s 10m Air Pistol will be combined into one relay held at 10:30 a.m. EST.  USAS will announce the six U.S. Olympic Team nominees on Sunday evening following the awards ceremony. 

The U.S. Olympic Team Trials for all sports is a collaborative, three-way partnership between the U.S. Olympic Committee, the national governing bodies and the local organizing committees.  All athletes nominated to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team must be approved by the U.S. Olympic Committee. 

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