I have been shooting all my life; however, I only started shooting this style of shooting in 2015. I began shooting to make friends in college, and found that as well as an incredibly exciting career that I love. Since my days of shooting with the University of Utah team, I have won multiple national titles that have allowed me the privilege of pursuing a shooting career on the international stage. Training has become part of my daily ritual, whether it be at the range or at home, shooting is always on my mind.
I was born and raised in Boulder City, NV, just outside of Las Vegas. Growing up, my parents encouraged me to join and participate in many clubs, organizations, and sports. We would go as a family to the Boulder City Rifle and Pistol Club on the weekends to enjoy a little trigger time all together and where I developed a joy for being on the range. When I went away to the University of Utah to pursue a degree in Pre-Law Physics, I joined the Utah Precision Marksmanship Team and learned international shooting sports. Learning I had a natural talent for Women’s Air and Women’s Sport Pistol, upon graduation, I moved to the Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs to train for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Since making the decision to go for gold, there have been many bumps and bruises, such as when the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee completely cut funding for the US Olympic Pistol Team only four months after moving to the training center. These stumbles and moments of doubt on if I can truly accomplish my goals have molded me from being an enthusiast to an elite athlete. I have learned so much not only about this sport, but also about myself and how resilient I have become. All of the challenges paved the way for me to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics as a member of Team USA. The skills I learned from these hiccups helped me to tie my personal best in Women’s Sport Pistol and push my world ranking to 12th in the world. Being an Olympian in shooting sports has been an incredible experience, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.
International Pistol Shooting
International Women’s Sport Pistol and Women’s Air Pistol is a style of shooting performed all over the world and is celebrated at the Olympics.
Air Pistol is shot with a bolt-action pistol that shoots .177 caliber pellets. It is shot at a distance of 10 meters at a target with a 10 ring the size of an eraser head. The match is 60 shots fired in a time of 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Sport Pistol is shot with a semi-automatic, .22 caliber pistol at a distance of 25 meters. There is a precision stage and a rapid fire stage. During the precision stage, the pace is about one minute per shot at a 10 ring about the size of a golf ball. There are 30 shots in precision, and then, after a break, the competition moves into the rapid fire stage. During this stage, the athlete starts in the “ready position” with the gun being held at a 45 degree angle from their body. When the light turns green, the athlete lifts to the target and takes the shot within three seconds. She then returns to the ready position for the next shot. The ten rings for this stage is about the size of a tennis ball. Both air pistol and sport pistol are highly competitive on the international stage.
To consider yourself competitive, you need to be shooting a 97% average. This sport requires discipline, dedication, and passion, but can be incredibly rewarding.
Titles and Awards
- Olympian Tokyo 202One Women’s Sport Pistol, Women’s Air Pistol, and Air Pistol Mixed Team
- Women’s Air Pistol National Champion 2016, 2018, 2019, 2022 (Silver Medalist 2017; Bronze Medalist 2021)
- Women’s Sport Pistol National Champion 2017, 2019, 2022 (Silver Medalist 2018)
- Continental Women’s Sport Pistol Champion 2018 (Finalist 2022)
- Continental Women’s Air Pistol Silver Medalist 2018, 2022
- Olympic Quota Recipient Women’s Sport Pistol 2018
- World Cup Finalist Women’s Sport Pistol 2021