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Top American Olympic Shooters


When it comes to competitive shooting, many of us think of the USA as having pretty good chances in all events. And while we have done okay in the past, the USA hasn't even always qualified to shoot! We can thank Keith Sanderson for our chance at a 2008 Olympic Rapid-Fire Pistol medal, our first shot since 1996.

The shooters listed below are necessarily very good, or they would never have made it into the Olympics.

1. Keith Sanderson - Men's Pistol

Photo of Keith Sanderson, 2008 Olympic Pistol shooter, practicing at the US Olympic Training Center.
Photo Courtesy of U.S. Army
This former US Marine, Army Reservist, and currently a soldier (stationed in Korea) made history when he secured a spot for the USA to compete in Rapid-Fire Pistol for the first time since 1996. Next, he had the task of earning the chance to fill that slot himself...

2. Jason Turner - Men's Pistol

Photo of Olympic Pistol Shooter Jason Turner, 2004 and 2008 Olympic Shooter for the USA.
Photo courtesy of United States Olympic Committee
Texas Roadhouse bartender and server Jason Turner has been winning with his pistols for more than two decades, and in 2008 he has the chance to truly shine, as he is qualified in two Pistol events...

3. Daryl Szarenski, Men's Pistol

Daryl Szarenski, Men's USA Olympic Pistol Shooter. Daryl competed in 2000, 2004, and 2008 Olympics.
Photo courtesy of United States Olympic Committee
USAMU member Daryl Szarenski has been to the Olympics in 2000, 2004, and 2008. Before the Olympic Games, Daryl had already won a Bronze medal in Beijing, at a 2008 test event...

4. Brenda Shinn - Women's Pistol

Photo of 2008 USA Olympic Air Pistol Shooter Brenda Shinn.
Photo courtesy of United States Olympic Committee
What a story! Brenda first trained for the Olympics in 1980, then had to take time out for a law enforcement career, marriage, and raising a son. In 2008, with only two years of recent competition under her belt, she qualified to shoot in Beijing...

5. Elizabeth "Libby" Callahan - Women's Pistol

Olympic Shooter and Army Reserve Staff Sgt Elizabeth "Libby" Callahan won 2005 World Cup Bronze.
Photo Courtesy of U.S. Army
Army Reservist Libby Callahan has competed in Olympic games in 1992, 1996, 2004, and again in 2008, and she holds the honor of being the oldest American woman to ever compete at the Olympics...

6. Rebecca "Beki" Snyder - Women's Pistol & Air Pistol

Rebecca Snyder of the USA takes aim with her pistol at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece
Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images
Beki Snyder has plenty of Olympic experience: 1996, 2000, 2004, and 2008. For Beijing 2008, she qualified for both Air Pistol and Sport Pistol, placing first at the Olympic trials...

7. Matthew "Matt" Emmons - Men's Rifle

Winner Matthew Emmons of the USA celebrates his Gold Medal victory in the men's 50m Prone Rifle.
Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images
Matt Emmons' Olympic past speaks well for his chances in 2008. He earned Gold in Prone Rifle at his 2004 Olympic debut, but lost a commanding lead in Air Rifle when he shot the wrong target...

8. Jason Parker - Men's Rifle & Air Rifle

Jason Parker, Olympic Rifle shooter for the USA, with rifle ready (2008 Olympic trials).
Photo Courtesy of U.S. Army
Jason Parker first competed in the Olympics in 2004, when he placed 8th in Air Rifle and was hosed by a busted trigger at the smallbore trials. In 2008 he qualified to compete in both Men's 10m Air Rifle and Men's 3-Position Rifle...

9. Michael "Mike" Anti - Men's Rifle

Photo of Michael E. "Mike" Anti in 2006. Mike is an Olympic rifle shooter for the USA.
Photo Courtesy of U.S. Army
Mike Anti has competed in Olympic shooting in 1992, 2004, and 2008. In 2004, he goofed along with Matt Emmons, allowing the Gold in Air Rifle to slip through the USA's hands. At least Mike got a medal for the event...

10. Jamie Beyerle - Women's Rifle

Photo of Olympic Rifle Shooter Jamie Beyerle, member of the USA Shooting Olympic Team
Photo courtesy of United States Olympic Committee
Jamie missed out on the 2004 Olympics when she failed to properly prepare for the trials, but in 2008 she rose to the challenge and earned first place in Women's 3-Position Rifle...

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