Getting to the Gold 2008

August 2008

Click on specific events below for the most up-do-date results from Beijing.

Making the U.S. Olympic shooting team is no one-and-done deal. Obviously you have to be very, very good to earn a berth, but it's a heavily vetted process as well.

For starters, countries have to earn slots in each event simply to enter athletes in that event. These country slots can be won at high-level international matches conducted throughout the year (World Cups, World Championships, Pan American Games, etc.) , and in order to earn a slot, a competitor for a given country has to place in the top three in one of these events.

Athletes also have to be individually qualified to be able to shoot in the Olympics. This begins when a shooter fires a minimum score at a USA Shooting-sanctioned match, which earns them an invitation to the USA Shooting national championships. If he or she does well enough at nationals, the shooter may be selected for the National Team or National Development Team.

Those who make the National Team have the opportunity to get on traveling squads that shoot international matches, which in turn gives them the chance to qualify individually for the Olympics by placing in the top spots at a World Cup-level competition in a given event.

Athletes may and often do qualify themselves for more than one event. But getting oneself qualified--in and of itself quite a feat--isn't the end.

The final step comes at the Olympic team trials, where the goal is as clear as could be: Finish first or second. Those who accomplish that goal and are individually qualified--in an event where the U.S. has the maximum two slots available--go to the Olympics.

CLICK HERE for information on the National Rifle Coach,Maj. Dave Johnson.

Below is the schedule of shooting events. Check back regularly for updates as they become available.

Also be sure to click on our Olympian's names below to read their bios and on the events for information on what the events are, and to read the coaches comments on what to expect from our Olympians--and our competition--in Beijing.

Women's Air Rifle: Saturday, August 9
Emily Caruso

Men's Air Rifle: Monday, August 11
Sgt. 1st Class Jason Parker
Cadet Stephen Scherer

UPDATEDWomen's Three Position: Thursday, August 14
Jamie Beyerle
Sandra Fong

UPDATED50 Meter Prone: Friday, August 15
Maj. Mike Anti
Matt Emmons

Men's Three Position: Sunday, August 17
Matt Emmons
Sgt. 1st Class Jason Parker


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