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Derrick Mein and Brian Burrows will be the first men’s trap shooters to represent the U.S. at the Olympic Games in 12 years, while Kayle Browning and Madelynn Bernau will be joining them at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Mein and Browning won their respective divisions at the two-stage U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Shotgun, with the trap competition wrapping up on Monday in Tucson, Arizona.

The U.S. men’s trap program had a boost at the Pan American Games Lima 2019, when Burrows and Derek Haldeman took gold and silver medals, and with those medals also earned Olympic quota spots for the U.S. After not having sent any men’s trap shooters to the 2012 or 2016 Games, Team USA now has two for Tokyo.

The question then was who would fill the spots.

Mein and Burrows led the competition after the first round of trials last September in Kerrville, Texas, and then they maintained those positions throughout Stage 2.

Mein, who grew up on a farm in Paola, in southeast Kansas, is a 13-time state champion but still relatively green internationally. The 34-year-old Mein has competed in just three world cups to date but never in an Olympic Games or world championships. However, Mein has had success domestically across multiple events, including clays, skeet, trap, international trap and helice.

Burrows, of Fallbrook, California, will also be headed to his first Olympic Games. The 32-year-old Burrows has competed in two world championships, including last year, and won a world cup silver medal in trap at a 2013 event. He also won trap mixed team silver with Browning at a March 2019 world cup.

Mixed team trap will make its Olympic debut – along with mixed team events in both pistol and rifle – in Tokyo, with one man and one woman competing together from countries that have either earned a mixed team quota or have an athlete in each gender qualified for individual events.

A 2012 Olympic alternate, Browning did all she could to finally secure her Olympic debut in 2020. She secured an Olympic quota for the U.S., then led after the first stage of trials and now has sealed the deal. The 27-year-old from Wooster, Arkansas, is coming off top-13 finishes in the last two world championships.

Bernau, of Waterford, Wisconsin, will make her Olympic debut at 22. She placed 25th in women's trap at the 2018 junior world championships and made her world cup debut in 2019.

Two notable women will not be heading to Tokyo, however. Ashley Carroll, who in 2019 became the first American woman in 20 years to win a trap world title, finished fourth. Three-time Olympian Corey Cogdell-Unrein, who won her second Olympic bronze medal in 2016, also did not qualify.

Carroll and Rachel Tozier will serve as the women’s replacement athletes, while Seth Inman and 2008 Olympian Jeff Holguin are next up for the men.

https://www.teamusa.org/News/2020/M...n-Bernau-Earn-Olympic-Berths-In-Trap-Shooting
 

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Two Kolars going to the Olympics.

Also interesting to see one shooter that appears to be basically completely self-made (not full time Colorado Springs or .mil and non-sponsored, although on a college shooting team) shooter in Madelynn Bernau and nearly completely self-made (sponsored, but not Colorado Springs or .mil) shooter in Derrick Mein. I don't think we've seen a self-made clay target shooter at the Olympics for USA in quite a while (with the other possible exception being Kim Rhode, she was sponsored but not .mil, but I'm not sure if she was ever a resident @ Colorado Springs).

I can't imagine what the next 6 months will be like for Madeylnn between Olympic training and her senior year in college.
 

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Interesting and ACCURATE points... Can you believe that two of those heavier than a tree-trunk Wisconsin made guns are Olympic bound?
And you are correct on Maddy not coming through the traditional ranks. I was over her shoulder when she took her very first shot on a bunker at the WTA Homegrounds in the middle of nowhere Wisconsin, she shot a 63/125 at her first USAS event in 2014. Maddy has participated in many SCTP events through high school and college and was HOA lady at the 2019 SCTP Collegiate Nationals. Former Olympian Terri DeWitt who coaches the SCTP National team has had a strong influence on Maddy over last 2-3 years and was in Tucson providing support this week. She is going to train in FL later this month over spring break in preparation for upcoming World Cup.
The last couple months of school will be a challenge, but her work ethic is very strong.
 

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Great shooting by the 4 of them for sure!

Excited to see two of them shooting the lively american made Kolars!
 

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I first saw Brian at a Jr. camp at Colorado Springs. He was one of the most natural shooters I've seen. I.ve not talked with him about it but I think he has gotten limited support this past year. And though he was once a resident, the coaching he and three others got at the time was, in my opinion, counterproductive. And when he failed to make the team one year and was no longer a resident his funding was threatened even though he and one other were the only two to make a final that quad to secure a quota. Unfortunately, they did not succeed.
It was great to see him hang in and occupy one of the quotas he was responsible for. I still think winning a quota should get some points in the selection process.
Good luck Brian and all the team in Tokyo.
 

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Do you think Derrick is still competing in Sporting this season, or just focusing on trap?
He was down in Florida earlier this year shooting sporting events.

I’d assume that he’s doing what he needs to do to try and bring home a medal until July. That could include a few sporting clays events.
 
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