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Team USA Wins America Match With Record-Setting Score

Team USA Wins America Match With Record-Setting Score
The U.S. Fullbore Rifle team won the America Match, held during the 132nd Canadian Fullbore Rifle Championships, August 13-24, 2014, at the Connaught Rifle Range in Ottawa, Ontario. The America Match is held at different sites from year to year, and this is the first time the U.S. team has won the match outside of the United States.

The U.S. posted a score of 2392v339 - a new international record - losing only 8 points out of 2400 possible. The Canadian team finished second with a 2391v291.  Great Britain was third with 2386v316 and Japan, in its first entry in this event, was fourth with a 2148v115. Full results for the match can be found at this link.

Team Captain Norm Anderson accepts the trophy on behalf of the U.S. team. Left to right: John Whidden, Bryan Litz, Eric Smith (behind Norm), Team Captain Norm Anderson holding Trophy, Brandon Green, Shane Barnhart.
The U.S. team had to overcome a slow start on the way to their victory and record-setting score. Out of the 8 points they dropped, they lost 6 at the shortest yard line, 300 yards. After that, they dropped only 2 more points for the rest of the day at the longer ranges.

U.S. team prepares on the 600-yard line.
Each team consisted of two squads of four shooters with one Line Coach on each squad, plus the Team Captain, Head Coach, Adjutant and two alternate shooters. Each shooter fires 15 shots for record each at 300 yards, 600 yards, 800 meters, and 900 meters. Line Coaches sit next to the shooters and help make sight corrections based on changing wind and light conditions. Team Sinclair Coach Ray Gross served as one of the Line Coaches for the U.S. team.

The full Team USA roster consisted of: Norm Anderson (Team Captain), Emil Praslick (Head Coach), Scott Fulmer (Adjutant), Raymond Gross and Steve Hardin (Line Coaches). Team shooters were Bryan Litz, John Whidden, Mark Delcotto, Kent Reeve, Amanda Elsenboss, Shane Barnhart, Brandon Green, and Eric Smith, with Alternates Russel Theurer and Rob Mango.

The U.S. team poses with the first-place trophy.
Congratulations to Team USA for their championship performance!