COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (April 24, 2018)
The headline may sound familiar, but don’t be mistaken - Sarah Choe and Jack Leverett III have done it again, climbing to the top of the podium once more at the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships (NJOSC) today at the Olympic Shooting Center.
Choe (Los Angeles, California) won gold today in the Women’s Air Pistol event. She also claimed the Women’s Sport Pistol title on Sunday. Choe’s two-day Qualification score of 1123 was a dominant 17-points higher than her closest competitor, Kellie Foster (Rockdale, Texas), who would go on to win the silver medal.
And though she finished second in the Final (additional points were added to the Qualification score based on position in the Final – eight for first place, seven for second and so on), Katelyn Abeln (Douglasville, Georgia) won the bronze medal.
“I think most of the people struggled at this match,” said Choe, noting the physical exhaustion of competing for four-days straight. “Especially those of us that also competed in .22 right before this. I think the transition was tough. I felt it a lot. My trigger and grip are just so different.”
“I realized the scores were a lot lower than normal,” Abeln echoed. “I know that a lot of these people don’t normally shoot scores this low. For me, day one and two were really rough. I don’t even know how to explain it, but it felt like everyone was off.”
“But everyone tried their best and we all had a good time!” Foster said enthusiastically.
While the athletes competing at NJOSC had their sights set on earning NJOSC medals and National Junior Team nominations, they were also competing for the chance to represent