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Two-Time Olympian
Carlisle To Enter U.S. International Hall Of Fame

Friday, November 21, 2008

Photo: USA Shooting
Dan Carlisle won an Olympic medal in trap in 1984 and came within one shot of winning one in skeet 4 years later.

Dan Carlisle, a shotgunning champion in several disciplines and a two-time Olympian, is one of two shooters who'll be inducted into the U.S. International Shooting Hall of Fame in January.

He'll be enshrined along with Ruby Fox, a 1988 Olympian pistol shooter.

A native of Austin, Texas, Carlisle is one of the most successful shotgun shooters in history. He started shooting American trap competitively at the age of 14 and in 1975, at the age of 18, he joined the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit and that same year won a gold medal at the Pan American Games.

From 1975 through 1988, he won 14 gold, two silver and two bronze medals in international shooting events. He was a member of two Olympic teams, claiming the bronze medal in men's at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles.

At the Seoul, Korea Games of 1988, he competed in both the trap and skeet events, finishing 4th in skeet and 9th in trap. He was within a trigger pull that year of placing an Olympic medal in skeet next to the one he'd won in trap 4 years earlier.

Pan Am Star

Carlisle was a world champion in skeet in 1982 and also won an individual silver medal, five team gold medals and one team bronze medal in world championships during his career. He was a Pan American gold medalist seven times, winning three individual titles as well as four team gold medals. He was also a team gold medalist at the Championship of the Americas (CAT) Games as well as an individual World Cup silver medalist.

Along the way, he set three individual and four team world records during his tenure as an international competitor. Today, he's a nationally recognized shooting instructor and coach and is the long-time coach of 2008 Olympic gold medalist Glenn Eller.

Female Pioneer

Carlisle will enter the Hall along with Fox, a native of Parker, Ariz., who was one of the nationís leading pistol shooters and the foremost female pistol champion. During her international shooting career, which spanned from 1974 to 1992, she earned a total of nine gold, four silver and four bronze medals.

She is the only woman pistol competitor in the U.S. to win an Olympic medal, claiming the silver in sport pistol at the 1984 Games in Los Angles; win a World Championship (air pistol, Korea 1979) and claim a gold medal at the Pan American Games, which she earned in sport pistol in 1987 along with setting a new Pan Am record.

Fox was a member of the 1988 Olympic team, where she finished 22nd in air pistol and 26th in sport pistol. She also won two Pan American team gold medals, one team silver and three team bronze at the world championships and claimed six CAT Games medals, including an individual gold during her career.

Until her retirement, Fox was a member and the only woman on the elite U. S. Army Reserve Pistol Team. She competes in the Sportsmanís Team Challenge for Smith and Wesson and is a consultant for the company, and she instructs the NSSF First Shots Program, as well as the NRAís Ladies on Target and Refuse to Be a Victim.

Carlisle and Fox will be presented with bronze plaques during the U.S. International Shooting Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Jan. 16 at the 2009 SHOT Show in Orlando, Fla. The USA Shooting Board of Directors and the current International Shooting Hall of Fame members vote on the Hall of Fame inductees every 4 years following the Olympic Games.

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