Two Soldiers from the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit will compete on the USA Shooting Team at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Cup May 4 to 8 in Alicante, Spain.
Sgt. 1st Class Josh Olson and Sgt. Kisha Makerney will both shoot in R3 Mixed 10-meter Air Rifle Prone and R6 Mixed 50m Rifle Prone. Both are members of the newly created Paralympic platoon within the USAMU.
With over 240 athletes from 46 federations, this event is the largest ever IPC Shooting World Cup. Athletes will compete in 12 different IPC events—the same events that will be contested in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.
Much like able-bodied competition, the Paralympic Team needs to win quotas in order to compete in London. Some slots are allotted based on the total number of minimum qualifying scores a country has, but it’s often a gamble. Quota places are in high demand and will make a gold medal even sweeter.
Source: U.S. Army