The USA Shooting Team is looking to continue its winning streak and earn Olympic quotas.
Last year the USA Shooting Shotgun Team earned 16 World Cup and 11 World Championship medals, as well as three Olympic quotas. In the first event of 2015, the Team is off to a good start. Corey Cogdell-Unrein and Kayle Browning scored big by winning a gold medal, a fourth-place finish and the important Olympic quota in Women's Trap.
A quota spot is the entry ticket necessary for a country to compete in Olympic competition in a particular discipline. Athletes winning Olympic quotas will still have to earn the right to compete separately through overall scores and earned medals.
The quota total now measures four. Olympic quotas were earned by Cogdell-Unrein, as well as by Brandy Drozd in Women's Skeet; Vince Hancock in Men's Skeet and Josh Richmond in Double Trap. One more quota spot remains in those four disciplines in addition to two Men's Trap.
Well, what can I say? After my first two rounds, I really thought I was going to be short of the finals even if I could run my last round. Today was another lesson in not giving up and staying tough. I am beyond excited and feel so blessed and proud to have qualified our country to compete in the Olympics, which is what we came here to do. We came together as a team to accomplish that, and I am proud that we made it. I'm also very excited to have shot so well during the finals and to have won my second World Cup gold medal.
On the women's side, Corey Cogdell-Unrein earned a gold medal, Kayle Browning earned fourth place, and Emily Hampson and Emily Underwood both met minimum qualifying scores. The Men's Trap Team showed Collin Wietfeldt shooting one of the four 50-straights recorded, while Jake Wallace and Brian Burrows each missed just one target through two rounds.
Three more qualifying rounds will take place this upcoming Tuesday followed by semifinals and finals scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. Mountain Time.
Let's go USA!