Twenty-two USA Shooting athletes are heading to Santiago, Chile, to compete in the 2023 Pan American Games in shotgun, rifle and pistol events. The competition is scheduled for October 20 to November 5.
The 22 U.S. athletes make up a portion of the 631 Team USA competitors striving for gold across the board. Shooting is one of the 46 different sports at the Pan American Games, which take place every four years.
The entire 2023 Team USA Pan American squad includes 13 Tokyo Olympic champions such as Vincent Hancock, who won his third Olympic gold at the Tokyo 2020 Games in the Men’s Skeet event.
Additionally, Hancock is also one of only four American competitors who hold the title of four-time Olympian. Hancock competed in the 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020 games.
Of the hundreds of American competitors, 24 have ties to the military and USA Shooting has the highest representation at 11. Many of these athletes serve in the Army with either the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) or the Army World Class Athlete Program (WCAP). The 11 include Will Hinton (USAMU), Rachel Tozier (USAMU), Alicia Gough (USAMU), Dustan Taylor (USAMU), Tim Sherry (USAMU), Sagen Maddalena (USAMU), Alison Weisz (USAMU), Nick Mowrer (WCAP), Lisa Emmert Traciak (U.S. Army National Guard), Vincent Hancock (former USAMU and Keith Sanderson (former WCAP and U.S. Marine Corps Shooting Team).
USA Shooting heads to the 2023 Pan American Games after a successful run at the last competition in 2019 where athletes earned a total of 20 medals across all three disciplines. Medalists from 2019 returning to compete in the 2023 Games include Tozier, Dania Vizzi, Sherry, Lucas Kozeniesky, Alison Weisz and Nick Mowrer.
Of the 22 USA Shooting athletes headed to compete in Santiago, 12 are 2020 Tokyo Olympians and 13 are making their Pan American Games debut. See the full roster below.
- Vincent Hancock
- Dustan Taylor
- Austen Smith
- Dania Vizzi
- Derrick Mein
- Will Hinton
- Rachel Tozier
- Alicia Gough
- Rylan Kissell
- Gavin Barnick
- Tim Sherry
- Lucas Kozeniesky
- Mary Tucker
- Sagen Maddalena
- Alison Weisz
- James Hall
- Nick Mowrer
- Suman Sanghera
- Henry Leverett
- Keith Sanderson
- Alexis “Lexi” Lagan
- Lisa Emmert Traciak
Alongside the coveted Pan American Games medals, U.S. quota slots for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games are also up for grabs at the competition. USA Shooting has already secured a total of 15 quotas. Each country is eligible for two quotas in each event.
The shotgun team finds itself in a unique and exciting position, securing seven out of eight possible quotas. If shotgun secures an eighth quota at the Pan American Games, the U.S. shotgun team will be the only team in the world to achieve this benchmark so far out from the Olympic Games.
Rifle has also secured an impressive number of quotas with a total of six. The team needs two more to have its entire roster complete. When a shooting athlete earns a quota for the United States in a specific event, the U.S. then becomes eligible to have an athlete compete in said event at the Olympic Games. Athletes are only eligible to earn one event quota in a four-year Olympic cycle.
You can see all of the current Olympic quotas listed below.
- Men’s Trap: earned by William Hinton at the CAT Games
- Men’s Trap: earned by Derrick Mein at the World Championship
- Men’s Skeet: earned by Dustan Taylor at the CAT Games
- Men’s Skeet: earned by Vincent Hancock at the World Championship
- Women’s Trap: earned by Aeriel Skinner at the 2022 CAT Games
- Women’s Skeet: earned by Dania Vizzi at the CAT Games
- Women’s Skeet: earned by Samantha Simonton at the World Championship
- Men’s 10 Air Rifle: earned by Brandon Muske at the CAT Games
- Women’s 10m Air Rifle: earned by Mary Tucker at the CAT Games
- Women’s 10m Air Rifle: earned by Alison Weisz at the World Championship
- Women’s 50m Rifle 3-Position: earned by Katie Zaun at the CAT Games
- Women’s 50m Rifle 3-Position: earned by Sagen Maddalena at the World Championship
- Men’s 50m Rifle 3-Position: earned by Ivan Roe at the CAT Games
- Women’s 10m Air Pistol: earned by Suman Sanghera at the CAT Games
- Women’s 25m Pistol: earned by Katelyn Abeln at the CAT Games
Learn more about USA Shooting at usashooting.org.