COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (July 7, 2018)
It won’t just be the weather that’s hot in Tucson, Arizona as more than 200 of the world’s top Shotgun athletes converge on the Tucson Trap & Skeet Club starting Monday for the final stage of the 2018 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup of the year.
USA Shooting hasn’t hosted a Shotgun World Cup in the United States since the last ISSF World Cup in Tucson in 2014. For many, this event marks the last chance for Skeet, Trap and Trap Mixed Team athletes to tune up before the upcoming ISSF World Championship in Changwon, South Korea starting on August 31. The United States will be sending 17 athletes to Tucson to compete, including the newly-named Trap Mixed Teams that earned their tickets to Changwon last week. Read the recap here.
Fresh off her silver-medal win at the last World Cup stage in Siggiewi, Malta, Amber English (U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit/Colorado Springs, Colorado, pictured) will look to climb another step on the podium in Women’s Skeet in Tucson. She’ll be joined by her six-time Olympic medalist teammate Kim Rhode (El Monte, California) and Caitlin Connor (Winnfield, Louisiana) who’ve been strong throughout the season as well.
Perhaps the most notable absence will be on the Men’s Skeet side as two-time Olympic gold medalist Vincent Hancock (Eatonton, Georgia) has opted-out of competing at this World Cup, leaving room for a new athlete to ascend to the top of the podium. Hancock has won gold at the previous three World Cups in 2018. Also competing will be two-time Olympian Frank Thompson (Alliance, Nebraska), along with USAMU teammates Phillip Jungman (Caldwell, Texas) and Dustan Taylor (Staley,