Tucson welcomes world’s best shotgun athletes

The world’s best shotgun athletes, including 24 USA Shooting Team members, converged on Tucson, Ariz., last week for the start of the 2014 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup season.

The World Cup comes to the Tucson Trap & Skeet Club for the second time in three years.

Seven of the 23 U.S. athletes who shot at the club in 2012 are back wearing the USA Shooting Team jacket for their upcoming world test after earning the opportunity following the 2013 Fall Selection Match, also at the club.

The group includes:

  • Josh Richmond, of Hillsgrove, a member of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU);
  • Kim Rhode, of El Monte, Calif.;

Ryan Hadden, of Pendleton, Ore., USAMU;

  • Brandy Drozd, of Bryan, Texas.

In 2012, Richmond moved from a sixth-place qualifying score to third overall after hitting 50 straight targets.

Joining Richmond in Double Trap is arguably the most potent team in the world with Olympians Glenn Eller (USAMU/Houston, Texas) and Jeff Holguin (USAMU/Yorba Linda, Calif.). Collectively, they have six Olympics under their belts and a plethora of World Championship and World Cup medals as well.

In addition to Richmond and his team, Ian Rupert, of Muncy, also is a member of the double trap USA Shooting team.

However, Rupert is competing for a minimum qualifying score only and is ineligible for World Cup medals at this event.

Competiton started last Thursday and continues through Monday.

No results were available as of presstime.