So one would think that, after the success and work involved with the Army Strong Experience last week, we might be able to slow down a bit to catch our breath and start planning the next thing. Oh no. this is the Army and we don’t take breaks. The AMU is now hosting the first Shooting World Cup of the 2014 season.
Shooting is one of the oldest sports in the world, has been in the Olympics since the early 1900s, and is hugely popular on Europe. So the World Cup brings the top rifle and pistol shooters from the world together three times a year to see who wins that match, and these matches are held to qualify countries and athletes for the next Summer Olympics. The next one is in 2016 in Rio, so the athletes are starting to get a little tense as 2016 approaches faster than you think. The first day the AMU gunsmiths had to inspect all of the clothing, guns, and gear shooters wear and use.
The jackets have to have certain elasticity, the shoes can’t weigh more than a certain weight, and the rifles have to be exact to the rulebook and much more. Way more detail then to go into in this blog. Then the shooters started to train.
It is really neat to see athletes from every continent here. We even have Chinese and Russians, which with the current political climate; it seems a little weird that they are allowed on one of our military bases. But that’s what makes sports great. Sports don’t involve politics. It’s all about sportsmanship and competition. Only here can you see a Russian, an American and a Chinese shooter share a conversation that doesn’t involve talking about their president or border or about war. It’s refreshing.