Shooting Is My Olympic Sport

Posted By on February 24, 2016

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USA Shooting Introduces Campaign to Rally Shooting Sports Community


With Rio in Sight, USA Shooting has launched a brand awareness campaign that it hopes will rally the entire shooting sports community now and in the future, asking members, fans and enthusiasts to declare shooting as their Olympic sport.
The campaign consists of a two-phase engagement approach for fans and member clubs.  The first phase will concentrate on connecting with all shooting sports enthusiasts by providing them with exclusive content and access, bringing together millions of like-minded individuals to cheer for ONE TEAM.  The second phase will create greater synergy and enthusiasm within USA Shooting’s member clubs through a membership drive and engagement effort.

Accompanying the campaign is a newly-branded “Shooting is My Olympic Sport” logo the organization hopes the shooting sports industry will proudly embrace. Created to foster enthusiasm, patriotism and pride among USA Shooting team members, supporters and fans, the overall badge format gives the design a strong and forceful look and feel, while the central circular graphic creates a visual “unity” of the two distinct types of targets used in our sport. An alternative Paralympic logo has been created as well to help spotlight athletes in the Paralympic discipline.

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USA Shooting Set to Host Second National Sporting Clay Cup

The USA Shooting Team send-off celebration and fundraiser is set for June 23-25, as the National Sporting Clay Cup returns to Houston and the American Shooting Centers.
USA Shooting raised over $250,000 during their inaugural shoot in 2014 and with Rio in Sight, this will be the can’t-miss sporting clays fundraiser of the summer with athletes making final preparations to compete at the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Plenty of competition and interaction with 2016 U.S. Olympic Team members will accompany the event that includes a private benefactor dinner and practice session, along with Saturday’s main event.

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Vincent Hancock Named 2015 ISSF Shooter of the Year

Two-time Olympic and three-time World champion Vincent Hancock was recognized recently by the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) as the 2015 Shooter of the Year. He was named alongside 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Snjezana Pejcic, a female rifle shooter from Croatia.
It is an honor Hancock hopes will repeat itself in 2016, as he’s made the quest of earning a third straight Olympic gold medal his ultimate goal. If he were to accomplish the feat, he’d become the first shooter and just the sixth American ever to earn three consecutive gold medals in the same individual event.
Hancock was voted to the ISSF’s highest honor following a vote of their Coaches Advisory and Athletes Committee, as well as a panel of international media representatives.  USA Shooting athletes were well-represented with Matt Emmons finishing second to Hancock while Michael McPhail was sixth.  Morgan Craft was fourth in the women’s vote.

Juniors Travis & Roe Emerge during European Airgun Trip

A pair of USA Shooting Team junior team members brought home plenty of hardware competing at the recent Meyton Cup and Bavarian Airgun Championships. They were among 14 athletes competing in the year’s first major competitions.
High school senior Rhiann Travis, bound for Ohio State this coming fall, was a spectacular performer. At the Meyton Cup in Innsbruck, Austria, she earned gold and silver medals in junior air rifle and a gold in the open class as well and followed that up with silver in one of the junior events during the Bavarian Airgun Championships in Munich, Germany.
Ivan Roe, a sophomore at Murray State, was similarly impressive earning two junior bronze medals during the Meyton Cup followed by a silver at Bavarian Air.
All told, the USA Shooting Team owned the Meyton Cup podium, earning 12 podium finishes (seven gold, two silver and three bronze). The two medals by Travis and Roe would be all Team USA could muster in Munich, but three-time Olympic medalist Matt Emmons did finish eighth and ninth behind two big qualification scores of 629 and 628.2.

In the first International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Cup event of the year in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, McKenna Dahl advanced to the R5 Prone Rifle Final and finished fifth overall.  It was her first time reaching the final in this event.  Jazmin Almlie-Ryan finished 19th after some equipment malfunctions.  Almlie-Ryan had a 12th-place finish early in the event in R4 (10m Air Rifle Standing SH2) with Dahl finishing 15th.

Bullet Points . . .

  • Want updates on the NCAA Rifle season currently ongoing, check out USA Shooting’s Collegiate Rifle Roundup every Wednesday.
  • National Team rifle athlete Ryan Anderson is producing a podcast you don’t want to miss. Check out Ryan’s Shooting Podcast now!

In The News . . .

  • High School Rifle spotlight featuring Robinson Rifle in the Washington Post[READ MORE]
  • 2004 Olympian Connie Smotek selected to the United States Center for Safe Sport board of directors…[READ MORE]
  • How and when to get your kids started in the shooting sports in the new issue of Shooting Sports USA[READ MORE] 

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