Chichkov, Paterson Win Air Pistol Titles at National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 11, 2014)

The first titles of the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships (NJOSC) were awarded today at the Olympic Shooting Center as Alexander Chichkov (Temple Terrace, Fla.) and Lydia Paterson (Kansas City, Kan.) won the Overall Men’s and Women’s Air Pistol titles.

They’re the first medals to be awarded of the 17-day competition that kicked off Wednesday and will feature nearly 600 young athletes (age 21 and younger) who qualified at their state competitions for the opportunity to compete in the NJOSC.

Champions at this year’s NJOSC are determined through a modified selection format similar to that of USA Shooting’s National Championships: Points are awarded for standings in each day of competition with additional points awarded for performance in the single Final competition.

Chichkov, the reigning Junior Men’s Air Pistol National Champion, won the title in decisive fashion; posting the highest match scores in each of the two days of qualifying competition (568, 566) and earning additional points for his third-place finish in the Final. Justin Ahn (Diamond Bar, Calif.) finished in second place and Tyler Volkman (Columbia Falls, Mont.) finished in third place.

Paterson, one of the youngest members of the USA Shooting National Team, asserted her dominance in Women’s Air Pistol by taking top honors in this NJOSC.  She too earned the highest score each of the two days of qualifying (381, 380) and won today’s final for additional points. Taylor Gallegos (Prosper, Texas) finished in second place. Last year’s NJOSC Champion and current NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Champion Alana Townsend (Kalispell, Mont.) finished in third place.

The top-two overall finishers also earned appointments to the National Junior Team with Ahn and Gallegos joining Paterson and Chichkov, who are already members of the team.

Pistol competition continues tomorrow with Men’s Sport Qualification and Finals and Women’s Sport Qualification and Finals Sunday. Women’s Rifle competition begins the week of April 15 and Men’s Rifle competition begins the week of April 21.

For the first time in the history of the National Junior Olympics, all competitors will shoot on electronic targets. USA Shooting underwent a massive range upgrade to improve lighting and enhance the spectator experience by incorporating more than 70 new electronic targets and all competition can be viewed live via our YouTube channel at

View complete results from the Air Pistol competition here:

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Men’s 10m Air Pistol

Champion: Alexander Chichkov (Temple Terrace, Fla.)
2nd Place: Justin Ahn (Diamond Bar, Calif.)
3rd Place: Tyler Volkman (Columbia Falls, Mont.)

Champion: Chris Kim (Irvine, Calif.)
2nd Place: Joshua Yoo (Los Angeles, Calif.)
3rd Place: Antonio Gross (Ontario, N.Y.)

Champion: Zachary Miller (Sylacauga, Ala.)
2nd Place: Blake Tucker (Bonner Springs, Kan.)
3rd Place: Luke Simon (Fargo, N.D.)

Women’s 10m Air Pistol

Champion: Lydia Paterson (Kansas City, Kan.)
2nd Place: Taylor Gallegos (Prosper, Texas)
3rd Place: Alana Townsend (Kalispell, Mont.)

Champion: Isabel Macaulay (Concord, Mass.)
2nd Place: Kellie Foster (Rockdale, Texas)
3rd Place: Rachel McCartney (Knightstown, Ind.)

Champion: Carson Saabye (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
2nd Place: Yulong Jones (Germantown, Md.)
3rd Place: Julia Lavergne (Loranger, La.)

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