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 USA Shooting Team Available for NHF Day Interviews
 
 
 
National Hunting and Fishing Day is drawing near (Sept. 25, 2010) and this year’s honorary chair—the entire USA Shooting Team—is available for media interviews.
 
A complete roster of these prospective 2012 Olympians, including hometowns, is below.
 
“Most members of our shooting team grew up hunting and fishing,” said National Shotgun Coach Bret Erickson, himself a four-time Olympian and lifelong hunter and angler from Bennington, Neb. “Nobody starts hunting because they want to go to the Olympics, but it helps. The skills learned in hunting and, to a lesser degree, fishing—safety and comfort with firearms, basic shooting mechanics, patience, controlling emotions, concentration, ability to focus for long periods, persistence—can translate directly to competitive shooting.”
 
The USA Shooting Team’s strong background in sporting traditions is unique among international shooting teams. Denise Wagner of Wonders of Wildlife, the Springfield, Mo., official home of NHF Day, said, “American hunters and anglers are not only world-class conservationists, they have skills that help make world-class athletes.”
 
The USA Shooting Team is just back from the World Shooting Championships in Munich, Germany, where it won numerous medals, set new world records and secured five quota spots for the U.S. in the upcoming 2012 London Olympic Games.
 
Shooters are among the most decorated athletes in U.S. Olympic history. With 103 medals for shotgun, rifle and pistol marksmanship, only track and field, swimming, diving, wrestling and boxing have been more prolific medal producers for Americans. In fact, shooting ranks ahead of gymnastics, figure skating, volleyball and more than 30 other Olympic sports.
 
Here’s the USA Shooting Team roster of shotgun, rifle and pistol shooters, by state:
 
Alabama
Joe Hein, Phenix City
Eric Uptagrafft, Phenix City
Sandra Uptagrafft, Phenix City
Daryl Szarenski, Seale
Teresa DeWitt, Smiths Station
Matthew Gossett, Springville
 
Alaska
Ryan Dunham Bender, Delta Junction
Corey Cogdell, Eagle River
Janine Dutton, Eagle River
 
Arizona
John Zurek, Tucson

California
Jake Wallace, Castaic
Susan Sledge, El Cajon
John Bickar, Menlo Park
Kimberly Rhode, Monrovia
Brenda Shinn, Riverside
Ashley Carroll, Solvang
Jeff Holguin, Yorba Linda

Colorado
Amber English, Colorado Springs
Hannah Lewis, Colorado Springs
Keith Sanderson, Colorado Springs
Kathryn Kananen, Florissant
Scott Franz, Livermore
 
Florida
Emil Milev, Tampa
Alex Chichkov, Temple Terrace
 
Georgia 
Jimmie Cooper, Columbus
Steve Goff, Columbus
Vincent Hancock, Eatonton
Jason Parker, Forston
Rhonda Bright, Midland

Idaho
Will Brown, Twins Falls
 
Illinois
Kelcey DePatis, Donovan
 
Indiana
Sarah Beard, Danville
 
Iowa
Haley Dunn, Eddyville
 
Louisiana
Jake Wallace, Castaic
Michael Liuzza, New Orleans
Caitlin Connor, Winnfield
 
Michigan
Rachael Heiden, Clinton
Teresa Meyer, Dearborn
Collin Wietfeldt
 
 
Minnesota
Matt Emmons, Grand Rapids
 
Missouri
Shawn Dulohery, Lee’s Summit
 
Montana
Lauren Brester, Bozeman
Kylie Gagnon, Bozeman

 
Nevada
Reya Kempley, Carson City
Tarl Kempley, Carson City
 
New York
Sandra Fong, New York
Jason Turner, Rochester
 
North Dakota
Matthew Pueppke, Amenia

 
Ohio
William Crawford, Johnstown
Derek Haldeman, Sunbury
Michael Seery, Toledo
 
Oklahoma
Jon Michael McGrath, Tulsa
 
Oregon
Michael Seery, Oregon
 
Pennsylvania
Michael Kulbaki, Du Bois
Josh Richmond, Hillsgrove
Ian Rupert, Muncy
Brad Balsley, Uniontown
 
South Carolina
Christopher Hudock, Charleston
Cathy Arnot, Columbia
 
South Dakota
Brian Beaman, Shelby
Dempster Christenson, Sioux Falls
 
Texas
Brandy Drozd, Bryan
Thomas Bayer, College Station
Miranda Wilder, Diana
Morgan Harbison, Farmersville
Glenn Eller, Houston
Sean McLelland, Mission
Taylor Gallegos, Prosper
Chris Nona, Richmond
Dominic Grazioli, San Antonio
Meghann Morrill, San Antonio
B.J. Blanchard, Vidor
Matt Rawlings, Wharton
 
Washington
Denise Martin, Chewelah
Jaiden Grinnell, Port Angeles
John Mullins, Port Orchard
Jake Turner, Richland
Amanda Furrer, Spokane
 
Wisconsin
Michael McPhail, Darlington
 
Wyoming
Dustin Chesboro, Laramie
 
To arrange an interview with any member of the USA Shooting Team, contact Katie McGinty, USA Shooting media and public relations manager, at 719-866-4896 or katie.mcginty@usashooting.org.
 
For info on NHF Day, contact Denise Wagner at Wonders of Wildlife museum at 203-241-4468 or nhfday@wondersofwildlife.org, or visit www.nhfday.org.
 
Sponsors for NHF Day 2010 include Wonders of Wildlife, National Shooting Sports Foundation, Bass Pro Shops, Smith & Wesson, Sportsman Channel, Realtree, Cabela’s, GunBroker.com, Yamaha, Pope and Young Club, Izaak Walton League of America, and Academy Sports + Outdoors.