Sagen Maddalena and Patrick Sunderman earned the last two spots on the U.S. Olympic shooting team, one that will be without all three of its medalists from Rio, according to TeamUSA.org.
Maddalena, who competed collegiately for the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and Sunderman, a member of the Army Marksmanship Unit, made the team in the last Olympic Trials event in Fort Benning, Georgia.
They’re joined in the three-position rifle event by Mary Tucker and Nick Mowrer, who previously qualified for the Olympics in the air rifle and air pistol, respectively. Mowrer can become the first U.S. shooter to compete in two different disciplines at an Olympics since 1924, according to Olympedia.org.
Ginny Thrasher, who won the first gold medal of the Rio Olympics, missed the three-position rifle team by one spot, according to TeamUSA.org, and was named a non-traveling alternate. Thrasher previously missed the team in the air rifle, her Olympic gold-medal event, in February 2020.
“This is bittersweet for me,” was posted on Thrasher’s Instagram. “Sweet because I am proud to represent my country in any way, even if it’s training and being on standby (but don’t worry, America is in good hands with @mtucker10.9 and @sagenmaddalena!) But bitter because I did not achieve my goal and make my second Olympic Team.
“Even though this is the end of my Road to Tokyo, this is not the end of my shooting journey – we will come back stronger through every adversity!”
Kim Rhode, a medalist at every Olympics from 1996 through 2016, missed the skeet team last year.
Corey Cogdell Unrein earned trap bronze in 2008 and 2016. She had baby boy Lane in April 2019, then competed at nationals two months later. She last competed on the top international level in 2018, according to the International Shooting Sport Federation.
The U.S. team for Tokyo includes one shooter with an Olympic medal. Vincent Hancock took skeet gold in 2008 and 2012, then placed 15th in 2016.
The team ranges in age from 50 (Sandra Uptagrafft) to Austen Smith, who turns 20 on the day of the Opening Ceremony.
U.S. Olympic Shooting Team
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