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Eller, Rhode Tabbed
Shotgunners Sweep Top USA Shooting Awards For 2008

Friday, November 14, 2008



Photo: USA Shooting
Double-trap shooter Glenn Eller claimed the first Olympic medal of his career in 2008.

USA Shooting announced that 2008 Olympic gold medalist Glenn Eller (Katy, Texas) and 2008 Olympic silver medalist Kim Rhode (El Monte, Calif.) have been selected as the 2008 USAS Athletes of the Year.

The athletes were chosen based on the USAS Athlete of the Year Policies and Procedures and were selected by a points system.

Three-time Olympian Eller, a member of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU), claimed the first Olympic medal of his career when he captured the Menís Double Trap gold in Beijing this past August. He also claimed the silver medal at the Beijing World Cup in April, which served as the test event for the Olympic Games, and placed 4th at both World Cup Kerrville and World Cup Suhl.

Nationally, Eller finished in 1st place overall at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Shotgun and also claimed the top spots at the Shotgun National Championships and Shotgun Fall Selection Match, landing himself a spot on the 2009 World Shotgun Championship team.

Rhode Repeats

Four-time Olympian Rhode, who was also the 2007 USAS Female Athlete of the year, captured her fourth career Olympic medal in Beijing when she brought home the silver in Womenís Skeet. She won the silver medal at the World Cup in Kerrville, Texas in May and finished in 4th place at the World Cup Suhl and also at the World Cup Final in Minsk, Belarus.

She won the Womenís Skeet event at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials and was also the 2008 National Champion. She finished in 2nd place at the Shotgun Fall Selection Match, claiming a spot on the 2009 World Shotgun Championship team.

Other Honorees

USAS also recognized three Discipline Athletes of the Year, who earned the highest number of points in each discipline. Last yearís Male Athlete of the Year, Matt Emmons (Browns Mills, N.J.), was the top male athlete for rifle, while Jamie Beyerle (Lebanon, Pa.) won the honor for womenís rifle and Jason Turner (Rochester, N.Y.) had the highest number of points for menís pistol.

Two-time Olympian Emmons, the 2004 Olympic gold medalist in Menís 50m Prone Rifle, grabbed the silver in prone in Beijing and finished in 4th place in Menís 50m 3 Position Rifle. He won a silver medal in Menís 10m Air Rifle at the 2008 Beijing World Cup and claimed a bronze in prone at World Cup Milan.



Photo: USA Shooting
Kim Rhode collected her fourth career Olympic medal in Beijing last summer.

At the 2008 ISSF Rifle/Pistol World Cup Final in Bangkok, Thailand, Emmons captured a gold medal in menís 3 position as well as silver in both air and prone, which is the first time a U.S. shooter has earned three medals at a World Cup Final. He also earned the national title in all three events at the 2008 USA Shooting National Championships.

Beyerle finished 4th at the Beijing Olympics in Womenís 10m Air Rifle and 5th in Womenís 50m 3 Position Rifle. She was the World Cup Milan silver medalist in 3 position and finished fifth at the World Cup Final. She won the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Smallbore and was also the 2008 National Champion in womenís 3 position. She finished 2nd at nationals in air rifle.

Two-time Olympian Turner, who competed in both Menís 50m Free Pistol and Menís 10m Air Pistol at the 2008 Olympic Games, captured a bronze in air pistol, which was the first Olympic medal of his career. He took 1st place in both air and free pistol at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials and was the national champion in air pistol. He was 3rd in free pistol at the 2008 Nationals and most recently finished 7th in air pistol at the Rifle/Pistol World Cup Final.

The overall athletes of the year will be submitted to the U.S. Olympic Committee for consideration for the 2008 USOC Sports Man and Sports Women of the Year awards, which have been presented annually since 1974 to the top overall male and female athletes within the U.S. Olympic family.


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