USA Shooting: Leppert, Peiser Capture 2023 Junior Olympic Air Rifle Titles

Victoria Leppert won the Women’s Air Rifle Championship, and Braden Peiser won the Men’s Air Rifle Championship.

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at USA Shooting posted on April 19, 2023
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On the left is 2023 Junior Olympic Women’s Air Rifle Champion Victoria Leppert, on the right is Braden Peiser, the 2023 Junior Olympic Men’s Air Rifle Champion.
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Victoria Leppert, of Fairfax Station, Virginia, earned the title of 2023 Junior Olympic Champion in Women’s Air Rifle and Braden Peiser, of San Angelo, Texas, earned the title of 2023 Junior Olympic Champion in Men’s Air Rifle on April 15 at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Leppert earned her gold medal in the finals after defeating Camryn Camp, of Hillsboro, Texas, who placed second, and Rachael Charles, of Urbandale, Iowa, who finished in third place.

2023 Jr. Olympic Air Rifle Champions

 

“I was really excited when I realized I had won. My face said it all,” Leppert said. “I didn’t realize I had won until I heard my teammates cheering for me.”

This was Leppert’s first time competing in a final at a national level match.

“I am good at going head-to-head with athletes, so I knew as long as I had fun with it and I wasn’t too serious about it I would do fine,” Leppert said. She is an athlete for the U.S. Air Force Academy’s rifle team.

As for Peiser, he placed first over the runner-up, Tyler Wee, of Wake Forest, North Carolina, along with Parker Haydin, a resident of Joshua, Texas, who walked away from the competition in third place.

“It felt really good to win especially because I went into the match knowing I was capable of it,” Peiser, the Men’s Air Rifle Champion, said.

This was Peiser’s first time making the finals at a Junior Olympic Championships.

“While I was shooting I just tried to not thing about the final itself,” Peiser said. “I focused on the individual shots. If your mind is wrapped around that, you can’t think about the fact you are in a final.”

Air Rifle medals were also awarded for in the following categories:

Women’s Under 18

  • Elizabeth Probst, gold
  • Mackenzie Kring, silver
  • Gracie Dinh, bronze

Women’s Under 15

  • Hypatia Shen, gold
  • Natalie Welter, silver
  • Ella Lee, bronze

Men’s Under 18

  • Griffin Lake, gold
  • Teagan Perkowski, silver
  • Dylan Gregory, bronze

Men’s Under 15

  • Logan Sanchez, gold
  • Nikhil Surya, silver
  • Cohen Ahner, bronze

The competition also decided the Men’s and Women’s Air Rifle team for the 2023 ISSF Junior World Championships in Changwon, Korea, July 14-18. The following athletes qualified:

  • Braden Peiser
  • Tyler Wee
  • Parker Haydin
  • Gavin Barnick
  • Matthew Sanchez
  • Rachael Charles
  • Katie Zaun
  • Camryn Camp
  • Natalie Perrin
  • Peninah D’Souza

Men’s Smallbore Rifle is the next event for the 2023 National Junior Olympic Championships.

Learn more about USA Shooting at usashooting.org.

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