COMMENTARY: Day 1 of Winter Airgun Proves Again There’s No Sport Like Shooting

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (December 5, 2014)

Shooting is a sport unlike any other and that was proven again on day one of the 2014 Winter Airgun Championships where a record crowd is competing.

Its uniqueness is derived from the very idea that this truly is a sport for any age. No other sport gives you 12 year olds competing against 52 year olds, and not only competing but finding success. That’s the reminder today provided us when a 12-year-old local Colorado girl by the name of Carson Saabye stood toe-to-toe in the women’s pistol final with two Olympians—one 40 years her elder, the other just 31. She finished fifth in a field that included a pre-teen in Saabye, a teenage winner in Lydia Paterson (18), three 20 year olds, two 40 year olds and the elder statesman of the bunch at age 52, 2008 Olympian Brenda Silva.  She’d follow that with another impressive showing in junior air pistol by earning a silver medal while Paterson claimed gold once again.

Twelve-year-old Carson Saabye and her competitors in the Women's Air Pistol Final of Friday's Winter Airgun Championships proved once again shooting is the sport for the ages.

The magnificence of youth wasn’t just showcased by Saabye. Fifteen-year-old Sarah Osborn (Hampton, Virginia) earned her spot in the final of Women’s Air Rifle and would take second while also earning a bronze medal in the junior category. 

In fact, the strength of USA Shooting’s youth was a common theme throughout the day Friday with almost one-third (11/32) of all finalists and exactly one-third (4/12) of the medals being claimed by junior or collegiate shooters.  

We’ve seen the future today, and we like it!  

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