Sophomore skeet shoots

By Victor Yoon

Connor Donahue ’12 hopes to compete in the 2012 Olympics, however not for a sport that one would expect a high school student to compete in.

The sport that Donahue hopes to compete in is skeet shooting, where one must shoot flying, orange, clay targets out of the sky. Competitors are scored based on how many targets they shoot down in a round of 25 targets.

While he has been shooting for three years, Donahue only began skeet shooting five months ago. His coach wanted him to switch from sporting clays, a more popular form of shooting, to skeet shooting so that he could try to make it to the 2012 Olympics.

Since switching to skeet, Donahue has sharpened his aim and practiced his shooting two to three times a week.

However, despite the hard work he has been putting into improving, Donahue says that making it to the 2012 Olympics is a lofty goal. In order to even qualify to train in skeet shooting for the Olympics at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center, he has to hit 192 out of 200 targets, meaning he can only miss one target per round.

“My favorite part of shooting is watching the target disappear after you fire,” Donahue said.

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