Top Shotgun Competitors From Around the World Prepare to Meet in Tucson for the Shotgun World Cup

Twenty-three of the United States’ top shotgun shooters are headed to Tucson Arizona beginning Sunday, March 25 for the 2012 International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) Shotgun World Cup.

More than 250 competitors from 42 countries are expected to participate in the week-long event, including many of the highest-ranked U.S. Shotgun shooters. Kim Rhode of El Monte, Calif. will be leading the U.S. Team into competition in her attempt to make Olympic history. If Rhode manages to win a medal this year in London she will be the first U.S. athlete in history to win five individual medals in five Olympic games. Next week in Tucson Rhode will be shooting her main event (skeet) in an attempt to earn a Minimum Qualifying Score (MQS) to make her Olympic eligible in women’s trap.

“Our team is ready for the upcoming World Cup and anxious to get things started,” said Head Coach Bret Erickson. “We rarely get the opportunity to shoot competitively against world-level competition in our own country, so when we do, it creates a lot of energy and excitement among all the shooters.”

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