Shooting Sports USA - April 2018 - 44
FEATURE | KATELYN
"BEING ABLE TO STAND ON THE PODIUM REPRESENTING
TEAM USA WAS A DREAM COME TRUE."
The atmosphere was so different from the
competitions in the U.S., and it was great to
experience something different. Placing second
in the Women's Air Pistol team event and tying
for first was a huge honor for me. Being able to
stand on the podium representing Team USA
was a dream come true.
Who has been the most instrumental person
on your road to success?
My father, who also happens to be my
coach. He's at almost every practice, and has
never missed any of my competitions. He
is constantly supporting me. He has been
coaching me since I started pistol, and is
always is trying to improve his coaching
skills along with my shooting skills.
Who do you most look up to in your sport?
I don't look up to one person specifically,
though I do think highly of some former U.S.
Olympians, such as Brenda Silvia, Sandra
Uptagrafft and Lydia Paterson. I also highly
respect Anna Korakaki, the 2016 Olympic
Sport Pistol gold medalist and Air Pistol
bronze medalist. *
In addition to Sport Pistol,
Abeln competes in Air Pistol
and the new Olympic event,
Mixed Air Pistol Team.
APRIL 2018 | SSUSA.ORG