USA Shooting Team athletes flourished during May competition picking up five Olympic country quotas, and earning four World Cup medals. June got off to a rousing beginning as well Monday with 18-year-old Lydia Paterson earning an Olympic country quota in Air Pistol.
Top athletes alongside Paterson included the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit's Michael McPhail with back-to-back World Cup victories in Prone Rifle. Two-time Olympian Keith Sanderson earned an Olympic quota for Rapid Fire Pistol while earning a silver medal and sixth-place finish at two May World Cup stops. Pistol athlete Will Brown earned trips to two straight World Cup finals in two different events (Air & Free) finishing seventh and fourth. Rifle shooter Amy Sowash also made appearances in two straight World Cup finals in Three-Position while also claiming an Olympic quota as well.
Full recaps of those performances can be found by going back through USA Shooting's Press Releases for the month here.
With three quota-qualifying events remaining, the USA Shooting Team has earned 15 of the 30 quotas (2 per 10 events) available in the three disciplines including Prone Rifle (2); Men’s Air Rifle (1); Women’s Air Rifle (1); Women’s Three-Position Rifle (1); Men’s Air Pistol (1); Men’s Free Pistol (1); Men's Rapid Fire Pistol (1); Women's Air Pistol (1); Double Trap (2); Women's Skeet (2); Men's Skeet (1); Women's Trap (1). The U.S. has yet to earn any quota in Men’s Trap and Women's Sport Pistol.