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Tucson sharp shooter takes home bronze

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Tucson native and Air Force cadet Tyler Rico competed in the 2013 National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships (NJOSC) in Colorado Springs, Colo., April 15 - 19 and walked away with the bronze medal National Junior Olympic in Men's Air Rifle.

Rico was invited to participate in the NJOSC after an outstanding performance at the Arizona State Junior Olympic Championships. 

Rico, an athlete with the Air Force Academy and a member of the USA Shooting National Junior Team won the event last year but took the bronze in this year's talent-rich NJOSC Rifle final that featured five members of the Junior National Team. Rico finished with 101.9 in the final, 1278.9 overall.

 "The Junior Olympic Program has grown to become the premier youth shooting event in the country," said USA Shooting's National Junior Olympic Program Coordinator Tyler Anderson. "The 2,300 plus participants in the state level competition show what an honor it is to be invited to compete at this level."

"The Junior Olympic Shooting Championships are the next step in the development of any junior shooter and his or her Olympic Path," added 1992 Olympian and USA Shooting's Director of Operations, Dave Johnson. 

Athletes qualify for NJOSC based on performance at State Junior Olympic events.  The event was held at the Olympic Shooting Center located on the Olympic Training Complex in Colorado Springs, Colo.  The competition takes place over a three-week period with over 500 of the finest junior shooters in attendance. The top-two finishers in each event earn a spot on USA Shooting's National Junior Team.  The 17-day event features shooting matches in Men's & Women's Pistol (Air/Sport) and Rifle (Air/Smallbore).

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