USA Shooting Athletes Head to Munich World Cup

USA Shooting Athletes Head to Munich World Cup
USA Shooting Athletes Head to Munich World Cup
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Colorado Springs, CO -( A mix of 16 youth and veteran rifle/pistol shooters will represent the United States next week at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Munich, Germany.

Aside from the four rifle athletes already nominated to the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team in Prone and Three-Position Rifle, top finishers from the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships (NJOSC) will also get their shot against some of the world’s best in the rifle events.

On the men’s side, 2016 U.S. Olympic Team nominees Matt Emmons (Browns Mills, New Jersey), Michael McPhail (U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit/Darlington, Wisconsin) and David Higgins (San Clemente, California) will complete the roster for Prone Rifle. Emmons, who recently won silver at the ISSF World Cup in Rio, will be joined in the Three-Position Rifle event by 14-year-old Will Shaner (Colorado Springs, Colorado) and The Ohio State University incoming freshman Jacob Buchanan (Spring, Texas). Buchanan and Shaner will also shoot Air Rifle, in which Shaner won gold at NJOSC.

But don’t look for these athletes to just be there for the experience alone. University of Kentucky freshman Hanna Carr (Versailles, Kentucky, pictured) not only won the Women’s Three-Position Rifle title at NJSOC with two world-class Qualification scores, she also shot a 418.4 in Qualification during the Women’s Air Rifle competition – a score that would have placed her in the Finals at the most recent ISSF World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Carr will shoot both events, along with TCU freshman Rachel Garner (Celina, Texas), whom Carr edged out for the gold at NJOSC in Three-Position Rifle by one point, and recently-nominated 2016 U.S.  Olympic Team member Virginia Thrasher (Springfield, Virginia).

The pistol side will bring experienced athletes to the match in the Men’s Air and Free events in Will Brown (Twin Falls, Idaho), 2012 Olympian Nick Mowrer (Butte, Montana) and newly-nominated 2016 U.S. Olympic Team member Jay Shi (Phoenix, Arizona). At the Rio World Cup, Brown finished in fifth place in Air Pistol and Shi finished seventh in Free Pistol.

Training partners Alex Chichkov (Temple Terrace, Florida) and 2016 U.S. Olympic Team nominee Emil Milev (Temple Terrace, Florida) will compete in the Men’s Rapid Fire Pistol event. Milev, who just earned his spot on a sixth Olympic Team, finished in 12th place at the World Cup in Rio. This match will mark Chichkov’s World Cup debut in this event.

2016 Olympic Team nominee Enkelejda Shehaj (Naples, Florida) will compete in Women’s Sport and Air Pistol. She will be joined in Air by NJOSC gold medalist Lydia Paterson (Kansas City, Kansas) and Courtney Anthony (Lexington, Nebraska).

More than 738 athletes from 88 countries will compete at the ISSF World Cup in Munich when action kicks off Saturday.

For a complete schedule and scores from this World Cup, please visit: To read more about the smallbore rifle and pistol athletes who were recently nominated to the 2016 Olympic Team, please check out the May issue of USA Shooting News:

Following this World Cup, the Junior rifle athletes will head to Pilsen, Czech Republic and be joined by top NJOSC pistol finishers for the Meeting of the Shooting Hopes match May 26-29.

For more information on that match, please visit:

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