Hillsgrove Native Closer to Olympic Dream
Staff Sergeant Josh Richmond, a Hillsgrove, PA, native, has qualified for a nomination to the 2012 U.S. Olympic team, pending approval by the United States Olympic Committee, according to USA Shooting.
Upon approval, Richmond will be competing in his first-ever Olympic Games as a men’s double trap athlete at the London Games.
“It was a great feeling to know that I have qualified to compete in the Olympic Games, which has been a long-term goal of mine,” Richmond said.
At 25 years old, Richmond, a member of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, had dominated the international scene since clinching the World Championship title in 2010.
With consistent podium-topping performances since, he has surpassed the point threshold to earn a 2012 nomination.
Following the 2008 Olympic Games, USA Shooting adopted a point selection procedure for athletes to gain an Olympic nomination. Points are awarded based on competition performance at International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cups and World Championships.
Richmond, who is currently stationed at Fort Benning, GA, is slated to deploy to Afghanistan this fall.
“After I made the threshold I immediately began thanking all of the coaches, family, friends and organizations that made this goal a reality; starting with the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit for not only molding me into a soldier, but giving me the opportunity to compete and win at the highest level.”
Starting his quest to make the London Games, Richmond took charge at the first ISSF World Cup of the 2010 season at Acapulco. He shot 144 of 150 match targets and 48 targets in the final for a gold-medal winning total of 192.
Later, he finished fourth at the ISSF World Cup event in Dorset, England, with 143 match targets and 45 targets in the final.
At Munich, he missed only four targets through the match to enter the final with a score of 146. In the final, he equaled the world record, hitting all 50 targets to finish with 196 targets and claiming the title of World Champion.
For those efforts, Richmond was named USA Shooting’s 2010 Male Athlete of the Year.
In 2011, Richmond won a bronze medal at the World Cup event in Chile, hitting 143 match targets and 46 in the final for a total of 189.
At Sydney, he finished second with a total of 186, including 46 in the final.
In the most recent World Cup event, at Moribor, Slovenia, Richmond finished fourth, hitting 145 match targets and 47 in the final round.
“Josh is the top-ranked men’s double trap shooter in the world because he consistently delivers medal-winning performances,” said Bret Ericson, national shotgun coach.
“His Olympic nomination comes from outstanding performances in 2010 and 2011 and I’m looking forward to having him represent our country in his first-ever Olympic Games. If he continues on the same path as the past two seasons, he will be a contender for a gold medal.”
“I look forward to representing the country not only in my upcoming deployment, but also in the Olympic Games where my goal is to bring home the gold for the United States,” Richmond said.