With 20 athletes qualified for the London Games, the United States is hoping to make a solid showing at the medal podium. Their best hopes are:
Matt Emmons (Pictured)
Veteran American shooter Matt Emmons hopes to reverse a streak of grand Olympic misfortune that saw him forfeit a potential gold in both 2004 and 2008. Cross-firing in the 50-meter rifle 3 position event in 2004, Emmons again misfired in 2008, though he had greater success in securing the 50-meter rifle prone gold in 2004 and silver in 2008. Since then, Emmons has competed both domestically and internationally and stands to medal once again in London.
A medal winner in four straight Olympic Games, Kim Rhode is Team USA's double trap and skeet woman to watch. She secured gold in Atlanta (1996), bronze in Sydney (2000) and another gold in Athens (2004), all in the double trap. With no double trap held in Beijing (2008), Rhode turned to skeet shooting, earning a silver in her first Olympics solely dedicated to that event. The co-host of the Outdoor Channel's Step Outside will make her way to London with high hopes and a huge feat on the line. To increase her odds, Rhode will also shoot in women's trap.
Joining Emmons in the 50-meter rifle three positions event is Jason Parker, who is looking to rebound from a 2008 Olympics that saw him finish 22nd, while a 2000 fifth-place finish in the 10-meter air rifle turned into a 23rd-place performance in Beijing. American Keith Sanderson won the rapid-fire pistol qualification round in 2008, though he finished fifth in the competition's final. In 2009, he returned to Beijing and defeated Vijay Kumar to secure an American gold. Women's trapshooter Corey Cogdell will look to improve on her bronze medal performance from the 2008 Games while Vincent Hancock will hope to duplicate his 2008 gold medal success in the men's skeet.