McPhail, Sanderson, Tagliapietra Earn Top Discipline Honors in 2015

by
posted on December 14, 2015
lead.jpg (15)

Olympians Michael McPhail, Keith Sanderson as well as Paralympic hopeful Mike Tagliapietra have been named USA Shooting’s Athletes of the Year in their respective disciplines.

Last week, USA Shooting recognized shotgun stars Vincent Hancock and Morgan Craft as the top athletes of 2015.

Rifle Athlete of the Year
Ascending to the No.1-ranked Prone Rifle shooter in the world in 2015 led Michael McPhail to being named USA Shooting Rifle Athlete of the Year. The U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU) soldier-athlete was dominant at the world level winning two World Cups and backing that up with a World Cup Finals win on his way to earning a 2016 Olympic Team nomination. The 2012 Olympian welcomed the arrival of second child in October and is now ready to pursue an Olympic medal in Rio.


Pistol Athlete of the Year
Named USA Shooting’s Pistol Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive year is two-time Olympian and current NRA Precision Pistol Champion Keith Sanderson. The Rapid Fire Pistol shooter that serves as part of the Army’s World Class Athlete Program (WCAP), continues to prove why he is America’s best hope for an Olympic medal in pistol. On his way to earning an automatic Olympic Team Nomination, Sanderson earned the seventh World Cup medal of his career with a silver-medal performance in Munich, Germany and also had two other appearances in World Cup finals in 2015.


Paralympic Athlete of the Year
Named USA Shooting’s Paralympic Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive year is Mike Tagliapietra. This pistol shooter from Fon du Lac, WI has emerged as the face of the Paralympic program by demonstrating the most consistent results since the 2012 Paralympic Games. The highlight of his season was the World Cup gold medal he won in sport pistol in Sydney, Australia. He also made two other international finals throughout the year.

Article courtesy of USA Shooting.

Latest

2021 Special Edition 2
2021 Special Edition 2

Read Our Free Commemorative Magazine About The 2021 NRA National Matches At Camp Atterbury

This special edition magazine chronicles and celebrates the 2021 NRA National Championships

New: Luth-AR MCA-22 Rimfire Chassis

This modular chassis assembly will fit Ruger 10/22 and similar semi-automatic .22 LR rimfire actions and barrels

Back-To-Back Dragons Cup Open Titles For KC Eusebio

Team Bushnell's KC Eusebio repeats as Open Champion at 2022 Dragons Cup

BRG9 Elite: More Features For Less Money

Buffalo Cartridge Company’s BRG9 Elite is a solid beginner pistol for action games and is also suitable for self-defense purposes

5 Problem Sporting Clays Targets And How To Break Them

In sporting clays, it can pay dividends to know multiple techniques for taking down problem bird presentations

New: Trijicon Q-LOC Quick Release Mounts

Trijicon says this family of quick release mounts for shooters and hunters are “strong enough to match the durability of our optics.”

Interests



Get the best of Shooting Sports USA delivered to your inbox.