Inside the Team USA Air Rifle Trials

Posted at 11:23 PM, Feb 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-11 08:19:37-05

With their eyes on the prize, the 16 best Air Rifle marksman in America pulled the trigger on a Team USA Olympic berth Sunday afternoon at the Training Center.

"I think the biggest thing I was working on through this weekend was to make sure I was shooting my match and not worrying about what everyone was shooting as well," Team USA qualifier Ali Weisz said.

Standing nearly 34 feet from a target nearly impossible to see, these skilled athletes showed the crowd exactly what it takes to represent the Red, White and Blue.

"I just took it one shot a a time, just living in this moment," Team USA qualifier Lucas Kozeniesky said.

"I've put a lot of effort into this, I've been training, more than I think I've ever trained," Team USA qualifier Mary Tucker said.

Made up of the top scores from two separate trials, Lucas Kozinesky, Will Shaner, Mary Tucker an Ali Weisz, withstood the pressure of the moment to earn their spots on the Olympic team.

"Growing up, I never thought I'd have this opportunity, it's a surreal moment right now," Team USA qualifier Will Shaner said.

Making his second trip to the Olympics, Koziensky tied a world and set a national record in the process.

"Can't put it into words, my ability to represent the nation; it means a lot," Kozeniesky said.

With their target right in front of them, it's time to set their sights on dreams of Gold. But first, they have to brush up on their Japanese.

"I'm going to download Duolingo and try and get this squared away in the next six months," Kozeniesky said.