COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – It’s hard to believe this is Justin Jones’ first time competing in any shooting event.
After earning two gold medals in Wednesday’s archery competition, the Marine corporal added two more on Thursday in the shooting competition, which was held at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
“I grew up hunting and shooting, things like that, for fun,” Jones said. “When everything else is going wrong, the basics always work. Just stick with what you know and don’t accept anything other than perfection in your shooting.”
Jones took the gold in the Air Pistol Open with a commanding 35.5 points and narrowly edged his way for the win in the Air Rifle Prone Open by just three points.
Overall, the Marines stole the gold in all eight shooting events, as well as seven silver and five bronze. Army earned a silver and bronze, and Navy/Coast Guard with a bronze.
“To come out here and get my first medal, it’s good because last year I was on the shooting team, but I wasn’t able to medal,” said Marine veteran Nicholas Green, who took bronze in the Air Rifle Prone SH1 category. Green was just 0.8 points away from silver.
“Coming here and taking 20 of 24 medals, it feels good because it didn’t just come over night,” Green added. “We trained pretty hard for it.”
Competition continues Thursday night with wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball, including the bronze medal match held at the Air Force Academy.