After having just returned from competing in Men’s 10m air rifle at the Rio Olympics, Lucas Kozeniesky graciously came to practice with his former high school team, the Robinson Rams, at 6 AM on Saturday, August 13, 2016, at the NRA HQ range.
Athletes and coaches were equally excited by his visit, with several selfies taken with our most famous alum. Those in attendance heard first-hand about competing at the Olympic level, and the thrill of walking in the opening ceremony. Apparently it was quite a walk – over a kilometer – for the procession to get into the stadium.
As we heard, Olympic officials raised an issue a mere 30 minutes before the qualification match was to begin.
Team photo opportunity
They stated that the tape (holding weights) on Lucas’ rifle was not allowed, and had to be removed. After discussion, it was determined that requiring removal of the tape was not in accordance with the rules, but that the weights still had to be removed. During this critical time, Lucas was forced to perform surgery on his rifle to reinstall the weights needed for balance, and could not go through his pre-match preparation routine, as his competitors were doing. As always, Lucas showed courage and perseverance, finishing 21st.
Those following the Women’s 10m air rifle competition may be aware that Sarah Scherer endured a similar ordeal – except she was forced to remove her tape in the brief period between qualification and he final, where she finished eighth (last).
Regardless, we are proud of our Olympians, and thankful to Lucas for giving back to our Robinson Team. Go NC State Wolfpack (a.k.a. Robinson South)!
Several Robinson Rifle team members attended an advanced clinic in Annapolis, MD July 27-29. The camp was held in the gym at Annapolis High School, and shot on CMP’s portable electronic targets. This is the same Megalink system that is used at the CMP North and South ranges. This Advanced Standing Air Rifle Camp …
Several Robinson Rifle team members attended a three position clinic at the Isaak Walton League on July 25-29.
The clinic was led by the head coach of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Richard Hawkins. Coach Hawkins has a long and distinguished history as a coach with top level shooters. He provided guidance and feedback on the three shooting positions, diet and wellness, mental preparedness, match strategies, and tips about how to shoot at the collegiate level.
Thanks to Coach Hawkins for your time, Coach Kanellis for organizing, the Arlington Fairfax Chapter of the Isaak Walton League staff for hosting, and all the coaches and parents who helped keep the wheels turning that week!
Team alumnus and rising NC State Wolfpack senior adds another title to his already impressive resume: Olympian. Lucas Kozeniesky went to the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Airgun, June 3-5, 2016 in Camp Perry, Ohio, charting the top score in the event on Friday and Saturday before turning in another …
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