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The squad in Beijing went to the medal podium six times

American Olympians Shoot Their Way to the Top

in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, earned six medals, doubling the number won by the United States squad at the 2004 games in Athens, Greece. Arguably the most successful showing for the U.S. in the history of the Olympic shooting competition, the team took home medals in rifle, pistol and shot- gun events.

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he USA Shooting Team, representing the United States

The U.S. Shooting Olympic medalists, from left to right: Jason Turner, of Rochester, NY, brought home the bronze in Men’s 10m Air Pistol. Vincent Hancock, of Eatonton, GA, won the gold medal in Men’s Skeet. Kim Rhode, of El Monte, CA, claimed the silver in Women’s Skeet. Corey Cogdell, of Eagle River, AK, won the bronze in Women’s Trap. Matt Emmons, of Browns Mills, NJ, achieved silver in Men’s 50m Prone Rifle. Glen Eller, of Katy, TX, captured the gold in Men’s Double Trap

How They Did It!

In the rifle and pistol competitions at the Olympics, athletes

aim at stationary targets, scoring higher the closer they place their shots to the center of the target. When Matt Emmons won the silver medal with his rifle, he shot from the prone, that is, lying down, position. Jason Turner, using his air pistol, was standing when he shot to achieve his medal. The trap and skeet shotgun competition, on the other hand,

involves competitors shooting at a moving disk flying through the air. While the rifle and pistol competitors fired a single projectile at their still targets, the shotgunners’ shell carried multiple tiny shot, making the chance of breaking the quickly moving “clay bird” a challenging, but realistic, possibility.

How You Can Earn Shooting Recognition, Too

Standing, sitting, kneeling or lying down, these competitors

for the USA Shooting Team have invested untold hours for several years sharpening their skills to the reach the level of world-class competitor. Now you can help your Scouts to begin, or take another step forward, in their shooting development by earning free Junior USA Shooting Team patches with a rifle and shotgun. Just read this insert and visit nssf.org/jrusa.

Help Your Troop Earn Junior

USA Shooting Team Patches

1. Call ahead to your local range, making sure it has the facilities you need for your activity, and then schedule your outing. The rifle challenge can be met at an indoor or outdoor rifle range; for the shotgun patch, you’ll need an outdoor range with a trap or skeet field. Not familiar with local ranges? Visit the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s www.wheretoshoot.org Web site.

2. Prepare your troop by reviewing Boy Scouts’ rules of firearms safety.

3. Arrange to have a qualified instructor direct your troop and a certified Range Safety Officer to supervise your troop. Ask the range to provide the instructor or officer if you cannot provide your own. The troop leader should follow the instructions in this insert to receive the patches.

4. If your troop has an interest to continue shoot- ing, learn about the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation’s Scholastic Clay Target Program by visiting sssfonline.org.

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