USA Shooting: Biathlon Olympian Tracy Barnes Hired As Senior Director Of Development

Tracy Barnes, famous for giving up her biathlon team spot to twin sister Lanny at the Sochi 2014 Olympics, is the new senior director of development at USA Shooting.

posted on May 12, 2023
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Tracy Barnes is the new senior director of development at USA Shooting.
USA Shooting

In March, USA Shooting announced the hiring of United States biathlon Olympian Tracy Barnes as the organization’s new senior director of development.

Not only is Barnes a biathlon Olympian and avid shooter and hunter, she is a firearms instructor and a public speaker. Most recently, she worked at the director of commercial sales at HIVIZ Shooting Systems where she focused on commercial domestic and international sales.

Barnes, a Colorado native, comes from a family of Olympians. Her twin sister Lanny was a biathlon athlete as well. Tracy competed in the 2006 Olympic Games and later qualified for the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, but gave up her spot to Lanny, who was ill during the trials. Barnes received the United Nations Fair Play award and the U.S. Olympic Committee Jack Kelley Fair Play award.

Additionally, Barnes is the co-founder of Check Outside Gear rentals, a national-level company that provides outdoor gear by mail for camping, hunting and other outdoor recreational activities.

In her new role as USA Shooting’s Senior Director of Development, Barnes will be working on strategy and general fundraising efforts. She will also be involved with the USA Shooting Team Foundation Board and collaborative efforts for gift giving. This work will help build organizational capability in supporting all USA Shooting athletes, as we inch closer towards the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

“I am excited to begin working with USA Shooting to contribute to their continued success and help them to reach new heights both at home and on the world stage,” Barnes said. “I look forward to creating a lasting impact for all athletes, coaches, staff and supporters within the shooting sports world.”

After first reaching the Olympics together with her sister Lanny in 2006, it was her selfless act at the 2014 Games in Sochi that highlighted her passion and dedication to victory. You won’t find many other people who understand the true nature of being a team player than Tracy Barnes.

“We are very fortunate to have Tracy Barnes joining the USA Shooting senior management team,” Craig Kozeniesky, the USA Shooting CEO said. “As a former Olympian and outdoor recreation industry executive, she brings a unique set of experiences and skills that will significantly enhance USA Shooting’s strategic partnerships and sponsor programs. Tracy’s credibility is matched by her tireless work ethic and unparalleled professionalism. She’s a welcome addition to USA Shooting.”

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