USA Shooting brings the Olympic dream to American shooters
By Jacki Billings
Caitlin Connor takes top honors at the ISSF World Championships in skeet shooting winning her first gold medal. Kim Rhode, left, took silver, while Amber English, right, took bronze. (Photo: USA Shooting)
Glittering gold medals lay neatly across the podium. Every so often, a passerby walks up to admire the Olympic gold and speak to the owner, Kim Rhode. Rhode is friendly, happily answering questions, signing autographs and allowing those that stop a chance to see Olympic medals up close. Rhode, along with roughly 5,000 other athletes, belongs to USA Shooting.
Formed in April 1995, USA Shooting is the national governing body for Olympic and Paralympic shooting. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, the non-profit organization plays its part to supports its current members and shooters while also encouraging new recruits. USA Shooting is responsible for organizing development programs and sanctioning events all with the goal of getting U.S. athletes to the top of the Olympic podium.
“We are a very small national governing body in the Olympic family so we work a lot with 4-H, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Scholastic Clay Target Program, Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation. We rely on those to get kids shooting because once