April 29th, 2008

Ft. Benning Hosts Smallbore U.S. Olympic Team Trials in May

From May 12th through 22nd, over 170 top rifle and pistol shooters will compete for spots on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team at the Smallbore Shooting Trials. The event will be held at Ft. Benning’s International Shooting Complex in Columbus, GA, home of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU). The U.S. Olympic Team Trials are conducted jointly by the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Shooting.

Olympic Shooting Trials

In smallbore rifle, there is one U.S. Olympic team spot available for Men’s Prone and Men’s 3-Position (Matt Emmons has already secured a spot in both Prone and 3P) and there are two spots available in Women’s 3-Position. Among the athletes competing for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team in Men’s Rifle will be two-time Olympian Jason Parker, a member of the USAMU and 2007 Pan American Games gold medalist. (Parker already qualified for a Team spot in Men’s Air Rifle.) Parker’s USAMU teammate and three-time Olympian Mike Anti will try to secure a spot on his fourth U.S. Olympic Team.

Michael McPhail will be vying for a spot on his first U.S. Olympic Team in both 3-Position and Prone Rifle. McPhail recently captured the bronze medal in Prone at the “Good Luck Beijing” 2008 ISSF World Cup. Two-time Olympian Tom Tamas is looking to earn a spot on his third U.S. Olympic Team in Men’s Prone.

For more information on the U.S.A. Smallbore Olympic Trials, visit USAShooting.org.

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