Five U.S. Shooting Athletes Qualify For Paris 2024 Paralympic Games

After the 2024 U.S. Paralympic Trials in April, five athletes have qualified for the Paris 2024 Paralympics: Jazmin Almlie-Ryan, YanXiao Gong, Kevin Nguyen, John Wayne Joss and Marco De La Rosa.

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at USA Shooting posted on May 5, 2024
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Kevin Nguyen is one of the five shooting athletes who qualified for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games after the conclusion of the U.S. Paralympic Trials - Shooting Part Three, which were held at two locations in Alabama last month.
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Five U.S. competitive shooters—Jazmin Almlie-Ryan, YanXiao Gong, Kevin Nguyen, John Wayne Joss and Marco De La Rosa—have qualified for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games after the conclusion of the U.S. Paralympic Trials - Shooting Part Three, held at the CMP Competition Center in Anniston, Alabama, April 21-28, and the CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park, April 24-26.

Jazmin Almlie-Ryan
Jazmin Almlie-Ryan will be competing in her third Paralympic Games.

 

Jazmin Almlie-Ryan qualified in R5 Mixed 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2. She will be competing in her third Paralympic Games. The Cypress, Texas, native discovered the sport of shooting while at an event where she was playing wheelchair basketball. She shot air rifle for the first time at the sporting event, won the competition and the rest is history.

Almlie-Ryan has multiple international medals including a gold medal from the 2022 World Shooting Para Sport (WSPS) Peru Grand Prix. In addition, Almlie-Ryan competed at the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Games and has earned three Paralympic quotas for the United States in her shooting career.

YanXiao Gong
YanXiao Gong began shooting competitively while in rehab after he was injured in 2017.

 

YanXiao Gong qualified for the Paris 2024 Games in P3 Mixed 25m Sport Pistol SH1. The Malibu, California, native is the 2023 Parapan American Games Champion and the 2023 WSPS World Champion in P3. His international success took off after he made his Paralympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

A resident athlete at the Colorado Springs Olympic and Paralympic Training Center, Gong began shooting competitively during rehab after he was injured in 2017. He shot at the Bridge Junior Team under Coach In Kim in California before moving to Colorado.

Kevin Nguyen
Kevin Nguyen earned the United States a quota in the event at the 2024 WSPS New Delhi Cup.

 

As for Kevin Nguyen, he qualified for the Paris 2024 Games in the R6 Mixed 50m Prone Rifle SH1 event. The Westminster, California, native, earned the United States a quota in the event at the 2024 WSPS New Delhi Cup. He also earned bronze in the event at the 2023 Parapan American Games. Additionally, Nguyen was successful at the 2022 WSPS Peru Gran Prix where he took home two medals.

Nguyen, a Tokyo 2020 Paralympian, began shooting competitively in 2014 when he joined the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU). He was recommended to the unit after going through rehabilitation for an injury he sustained while deployed in Afghanistan. He trained alongside USAMU team members during his vetting process at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center before being picked up by the team. Nguyen, a Purple Heart recipient is currently a Staff Sergeant in the Army.

John Wayne Joss
John Wayne Joss will be making his third Paralympic appearance after competing in Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020.

 

John Wayne Joss also qualified for Paris 2024 in R6 Mixed 50m Prone Rifle SH1 alongside Nguyen. Joss will be making his third Paralympic appearance, having competed in Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020. Joss, a Corsicana, Texas, native, was a member of the 2023 Parapan American team and the 2023 WSPS World Championship team.

Joss began competitive shooting through the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit as well. After being injured during an Iraq deployment, Joss went through rehabilitation and was assigned to an infantry battalion as a mortar gunnery instructor. In 2012, the USAMU saw Joss’ shooting skills and recruited him to their program. He has been shooting competitively since. A Purple Heart recipient, he is currently a Segreant First Class in the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program.

Marco De La Rosa
A Marine Corps veteran, Marco De La Rosa was shot in the back and injured while attempting to stop a robbery outside of the base he was stationed at.

 

Marco De La Rosa qualified for Paris in P1 Men’s 10m Air Pistol SH1. The Chicago, Illinois, native had a stellar performance at the 2023 Parapan American Games. He earned silver in P3, was crowned champion in P1 and earned the U.S. a Paralympic quota in P1. De La Rosa also saw success at the 2022 WSPS Peru Grand Prix where he earned two medals.

A Marine Corps veteran, De La Rosa was injured while attempting to stop a robbery outside of the base he was stationed at and was shot in the back. He medically retired from the Marine Corps and later became involved in Paralyzed Veterans of America chapters. About eight years ago, the chapter in San Antonio had a shooting program he was interested in. De La Rosa started shooting and received mentorship from coaches across the country furthering his career. He made his Paralympic debut in Rio 2016.

All five athletes qualified for the Paris 2024 Paralympics based on the selection procedures from all three trials. The final results can be viewed at this link.

The Paris 2024 Paralympic Games will take place in France from August 28 to September 8.

Learn more about USA Shooting at usashooting.org.

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