Shotgun Success the Story for USA Shooting Team at ISSF Junior Cup

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 2, 2014)

Junior Cup Medal Winners Sydney Carson (top left), Ian Rupert (top right) and Amber Culwell (bottom right) and a shotgun group team shot. Photos courtesy of Förderkreis Wurfscheibe.A team silver medal by the Men’s Skeet Team wrapped an exciting week of competition for the USA Shooting Team at the inaugural International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior Cup, bolstered by the strength of its shotgun squad.

In 2013, the ISSF announced the inauguration of ISSF Junior Cups, a new Championship series featuring competitions for junior athletes in Olympic and Youth Olympic events. Open to all junior competitors age 20 or younger during the competition year, the first all-discipline event (rifle, pistol and shotgun) contested in Suhl, Germany, featured 25 American athletes and four coaches.  The shotgun team was led by 2013 USA Shooting Coach of the Year Mike Simpson. Assistant National Team Pistol coach In Kim lead the Pistol squad while 1992 Olympic gold medalist and Air Force head coach Launi Meili oversaw the Rifle team.

The double-barreled target busters for the USA Shooting Team earned seven medals overall including three gold, two silver and two bronze as well as 11 top-seven performances. Italy once again showed its prowess in the discipline earning a match-high 12 medals while Russia earned seven medals as well.

Phillip Jungman (Caldwell, Texas) led the way for the men’s skeet team Saturday finishing just outside podium position with a fourth-place finish.  Jungman was beset by a pair of Italians in pursuit of a medal falling in a shoot-off, 4-3, to Gabriele Rossetti to compete for gold. He’d then square off against Christian Benet but wouldn’t be able to secure another medal for Team USA following Benet’s perfect round of 16 in the bronze-medal final.

Jungman’s qualifying score of 121 tied him at the top with two other competitors and would help lead his team that included Christian Elliott (Greenwood, Indiana) and Luis “Taz” Gloria (Tucson, Arizona) to a silver medal. 

Individual medal winners for USA Shooting included gold medalists Ian Rupert (Double Trap / Muncy, Pennsylvania) and Sydney Carson (Skeet / North Liberty, Indiana) as well as bronze medalist Amber Culwell (Trap / Rose Bud, Arkansas).  Other team medals included Women’s Skeet (gold), Double Trap (silver) and Women’s Trap (bronze).

The 15 members of the U.S. Shotgun Team that competed in Suhl will now get ready to compete again for their country this September at the 2014 World Shooting Championships with competition at the National Junior Olympics (July 7-12) and the USA Shooting National Championships for Shotgun (August 2-10).

Shotgun success has been a reoccurring theme to start 2014 for the USA Shooting Team with six World Cup medals through two events to add to the impressive total hauled in by junior team members in Suhl.

Meanwhile, in the pistol and rifle events, the Women's Air Pistol Team of Lydia Paterson (Kansas City, Kansas), Darian Shenk (Annville, Pennsylvania) and Irina Andrianova (Shaumburg, Ill.) won a Team silver medal for the only American medal result in those two disciplines.  A 10th-place finish by Paterson, 17th for Shenk and 36th for Andrianova was good enough to walk away with some hardware despite no entry into the finals.  Tim Sherry (Highlands Ranch, Colorado) added to the U.S. success in Suhl with a sixth-place finish in the Men’s Three-Position Rifle event.  Minden Miles (Weatherford, Texas) also shot her way into the event finals picking up a sixth-place result as well in Women's 10m Air Rifle.  Alex Chichkov (Temple Terrace, Florida) shot well in the 25m Standard Pistol event, finishing fourth.

Junior team members in Rifle and Pistol competing at the World Championships will be determined following competition at the USA Shooting National Championships for Rifle/Pistol (June 24 – June 29).

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