Men’s Trap Looks to Regain Olympic Glory in 2020
By Jacki Billings
Caleb Lindsey looks to end the Olympic drought for Men’s Trap shooting. (Photo: USA Shooting)
Despite Team USA’s position as shotgun shooting powerhouse, Men’s Trap has alluded the team in the Olympics since Beijing in 2008; but USA Shooting looks to change that heading into the 2020 Olympics.
Jessica Delos Reyes, associate director of media and public relations for USA Shooting, told Guns.com that the lack of men in the last two Olympic games has been a concern for the organization. With only a year left to work towards an Olympic slot, the men of USA Shooting continue to work towards the goal of Japan.
“So we haven’t had a man in the Olympics in the men’s trap event since 2008. That’s kind of been the monkey on our back,” Delos Reyes said. “Our shotgun team kicks butt and takes names. Our women shooters are the best in the world. Our men are getting there too but that’s been something that bothered us because we’re so good at shotgun sports.”
The road to the Olympics is paved with quotas which the U.S. must vie for in order to gain a position to compete in Olympic events. The shooting sports has 15 total events with