American Rifleman - November 2021 - 60

Will Shaner, 20,
captured the
gold in the men's
10-meter air
rifle event with
a record score of
251.6, making
him the secondyoungest
Olympic
gold medalist in
the sport's history.
TEAM USA
In the run-up to the Tokyo Olympics, 19
athletes made up the Team USA shooting contingent.
Among the group were Olympic veterans and
young shooters representing the next generation
of American competitors. These 19 Olympians
would take part in 15 separate events during the
Olympic shooting schedule, covering competitive
disciplines in rifle, pistol and shotgun. During a
selection process that was extended to nearly two
years because of the COVID-19 pandemic, potential
Olympians pitted their skills against other
Americans vying for a slot at the Tokyo Games.
Added pressure came in the form of a nationwide
ammunition shortage as domestic manufacturers
and supply chains felt the impact of the pandemic
and increased demand precipitated by the 2020
election. A commitment from the team's ammunition
sponsors kept the Olympians loaded with
the volume of rounds needed for their extensive
practice sessions throughout the year.
Olympian Mary Tucker, a 19-year-old Sarasota,
Fla., native and a silver-medal winner in the
newly created 10-meter Mixed Team Air Rifle
event alongside Lucas Kozeniesky from Colorado
Springs, Colo., highlighted her practice routine for
Shooting Sports USA. " I think, for me, the biggest
thing is just practice, " she said. " It's quite
common for me to be alone on the range all day.
People may come in for a few hours, but I practice
so much more. " In fact, Tucker's practice schedule
commits her to the range six days a week
for five to eight hours a day. Heading into the
2020 Olympics, Tucker was ranked No. 1 in the
United States for air-rifle shooting, a ranking she
retained following her performance in the Games.
Her teammate, Will Shaner from Colorado Springs,
Colo., earned the first gold medal ever for a U.S.
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November 2021
shooter in Men's Air Rifle. Shaner, 20 years old, is
also the youngest American to earn a gold medal
in an Olympic rifle event. In 2020, Shaner outlined
the secret to his success for SSUSA. " Don't
give up, " he told readers. " Remember that the
basics will take you a long way in the sport, but
you have to have the patience to work through it
and not let the bad days get to you. "
THE EVENTS
Olympic shooting competition consists of 15
events, six for men, six for women and three
mixed-team shoots. Each requires an intense level
of focus and precision that must be maintained
through each stage, some of which last hours.
The Tokyo Games were held at the Asaka Shooting
Range, located on the base of the Japanese Self
Defense Forces' Camp Asaka outside Tokyo. The
range was constructed to host shooters for the
1964 Olympic Games, ironically the last time the
United States had a medal showing this strong.
Three Position Rifle, also known as smallbore
rifle in the United States, is shot from 50 meters
and uses specially built .22 LR rifles. The only
other Summer Olympic shooting sports that make
use of .22 firearms are the 25-meter Rapid Fire
Pistol, a men's event, and the 25-meter Pistol
for women. Otherwise, other precision competitions
use air rifles and pistols. New for this year,
a mixed-team competition emerged for both
air rifles and air pistols, with targets shot at 10
meters and teams comprised of a male and a
female from each country. The three remaining
events are all shotgun shoots, featuring men and
women's trap and skeet, as well as a new mixedteam
trap shoot.
Team USA Shooting's first gold medal came on
July 25 in the Men's Air Rifle event. Competitors
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