USA Shooting Clarifies Olympic Team Selection

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (December 8, 2015)

Given an erroneous press release issued Sunday, December 6 recapping part one of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Airgun, it’s important that we clarify the approved Olympic Team selection procedures as written and posted since October 15, 2014.

Within that release it was indicated that Airgun selection for the five remaining spots available would be determined using a cumulative score combining both Winter Airgun (Olympic Trials Part I) and the June Selection event (Olympic Trials Part II).  As many of you know, that is absolutely incorrect. To clarify, the top-10 athletes from this most recent match have earned a berth into the next selection event. Nominations to the Olympic Team will be determined using only the scores from three qualification matches plus three finals taking place at that event in June.   

That recap release has been corrected to reflect the proper procedures in place and can be seen here.   We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

Accordingly, here are the appropriate Selection procedures in place for the Shotgun and Smallbore (.22 caliber) disciplines as well. 

Smallbore:  There will be one Olympic Team Selection Competition consisting of three courses of fire plus finals for the rifle and pistol smallbore events. The event will be the 2016 Olympic Team Selection Competition for Smallbore set to take place April 1-8 at a range still to be determined.    In total, five additional Olympic Spots are available including one each in Men’s Prone Rifle,  Women’s Three-Position Rifle, Women’s Sport Pistol, Men’s Rapid Fire Pistol and Men’s Free Pistol. The athlete with the highest rank at the conclusion of the competition will be named to the Olympic Team. 

Shotgun:  Olympic Team Selection is based on aggregate scoring from two different competitions comprising four total qualification scores and four finals.  Part one of that process was completed during Part I of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials that took place October 16-24 in Tucson, Arizona.  The final competition will be Part II of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials taking place May 16-25 in Tillar, Arkansas.  In total, four additional Olympic spots are available including one each in Women’s Skeet, Women’s Trap, Men’s Double Trap and Men’s Skeet.  The athlete with the highest rank (total combined score from both matches) at the conclusion of the competition will be named to the Olympic Team. Click on the appropriate discipline for Trap, Double Trap and Skeet to get the selection update following Tucson. 

Complete selection procedures can be found here. 

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