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2012
FEATURE // OLYMPICS

BY CHIP LOHMAN, MANAGING EDITOR PHOTOS COURTESY OF USA SHOOTING

SUMMER OLYMPICS
PART I OF III
Here is your Shooting Sports USA program guide for the 2012 Summer Olympic shooting events. Parts II and III will provide background stories on several U.S. competitors, including where they got their start in shooting sports.

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xcept for 1904 and 1928, shooting sports have been a part of each Olympics since the first modern Games in 1896. Women’s events were added in 1984. Nearly 400 target shooters representing 103 countries will compete in the summer shooting events from Jul. 28-Aug. 6 at the Royal Artillery Barracks in London, UK. This is a return invitation for Great Britain, having also hosted the Games in 1908 and in 1948. There are 15 Summer Olympic shooting events; nine for men and six for women in pistol, rifle and shotgun. In the European tradition, rifle and pistol matches are shot from 10m, 25m or 50m. For the Olympic shooting rules, go to: www.usashooting.org/ library/Rulebooks/2012_USAS_GEN_ TECH.pdf “Back in the day,” NRA was the National Governing Body for Olympicstyle shooting in the United States. In 1995, USA Shooting, home of the U.S. Shooting Team in Colorado Springs, CO, assumed the responsibility for building the U.S. contingent for the Olympic shooting competition. Only athletes who have attained the minimum qualifying score (MQS) in their event can be entered in one or more

(l. to r.) Three-time Olympian Sergeant First Class Daryl Szarenski (Seale, AL) of the U.S. Army’s World Class Athlete Program and 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Jason Turner (Rochester, NY) will represent the U.S. as the men’s pistol team in London. Both are Resident Athletes at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO.

Nearly 400 target shooters representing 103 countries will compete in the summer shooting events from Jul. 28-Aug. 6 at the Royal Artillery Barracks in London, UK.
events in the Olympic Games. If the athlete does not have an MQS, they will be provided an opportunity to get the MQS if there is a qualifying match scheduled after the selection process. As of March 19, 2012, more than 100 U.S. shooting athletes had attained an MQS for London. While the maximum Olympic Team size is 28 athletes, the actual size depends on the total number of quota positions won by the U.S. The potential quota positions are listed on the next page. U.S. quotas won, to date, are listed in parentheses.

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