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Twenty-two athletes, including six-time Olympic medalist Kim Rhode and reigning Olympic gold medalist Ginny Thrasher, have earned the opportunity to compete for Team USA at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. 

Athletes were determined based on results at USA Shooting’s 2019 Spring Selection matches.  The U.S. has fared well at previous Pan American Games competitions and earned 13 medals at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. 

The Pan American Games will be a critically important competition for Team USA, eager to prove itself with a mix of young and experienced talent.

Athletes will be seeking 10 quotas for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 in Lima, including two in shotgun (men’s trap), three in rifle (men’s and women’s air and women’s three-position) and five in pistol (men’s and women’s air, rapid fire and sport). 

Six-time Olympic medalist and 2015 Pan American Games flagbearer Rhode is leading the way for the shotgun team and entering Lima with a record four-straight International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup victories. U.S. shotgun athletes have claimed 10 medals as of July in the 2019 ISSF World Cup Series.

In search of five Olympic quotas, Team USA’s pistol contingent will include three-time Olympian Keith Sanderson competing in rapid fire, 2016 Olympian Jay Shi competing in air, and 2012 Olympians Nick Mowrer and Sandra Uptagrafft competing in men’s air and women’s sport. 

In search of three Olympic quotas, Team USA’s rifle athletes will include the reigning Olympic air rifle champion Thrasher competing in three-position. She’ll be joined by her 2016 Olympic teammates Michael McPhail and Lucas Kozeniesky.  

In Lima, Olympic quotas will be handed out to the top-two finishers in each discipline for athletes having not already earned a quota for their country.
Team USA will be competing in shooting events from July 27 through Aug. 3 at the Base Aérea Las Palmas.