BY SPNW Staff 08:00AM 07/29/2012

State Links To London Olympics: Shooting

With a tidy history of success in the Olympic firearm arts, the state sends two shooters to compete in this year’s Games.

Amanda Furrer, a Spokane native, is in the 50m rifle competition at the London Olympics. / Ohio State University

Sportspress Northwest offers another in a series of biographical sketches of athletes with significant ties to Washington in the Olympic Games.

Lance Bade (Vancouver) is the most recent Washingtonian to win a shooting medal (1996 Atlanta). Washington will be represented by two shooters in London.


AMANDA FURRER / Mead High School

Amanda Furrer

BORN: Jan. 17, 1991, Spokane. RESIDENCE: Columbus, OH. SPORT: Rifle. EVENT: Women’s 50m rifle, three position. COUNTRY: USA. OLYMPICS (1st): 2012. HOW QUALIFIED: Won her competition at the Olympic Trials at Fort Benning, GA. in June. STATE CONNECTION: Spokane native, 2009 graduate of Mead High School.

Furrer started shooting at 11 as member of the Spokane Junior Rifle Team. Her sister, Lauren, was involved in shooting sports and Amanda wanted to be just like her. Shooting is a family sport and all compete together. Furrer’s dad shoots tactical matches and her mom shoots pistols. Furrer first qualified for the national team as a member of the 2007 Pan American roster at 16.

OLYMPICS: Alternate on the USA Shooting team for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

CAREER: Won the bronze medal at the 2011 National Championships . . . Gold at the 2011 Spring Selection . . . Team gold at the 2010 World Championships . . . Finished sixth at the 2010 Championship of the Americas . . . Gold at the 2010 Junior Olympic Championships . . . Bronze at the 2009 Spring Selection . . . Silver at the 2009 Junior Olympic Championships . . . Gold at the Junior International Hopes match . . . Bronze medal at the Pan American Games . . . Gold at the Junior International Hopes Match.

PERSONAL: Currently a student in Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University . . . Majoring in finance and competing on the school’s rifle team . . . Enjoys anything outdoors . . . Loves to dance . . . Has worked as a barista at Starbucks.


Eric Uptafrafft

BORN: Feb. 16, 1966, Spokane. RESIDENCE: Phenix City, AL. SPORT: Rifle. EVENT: 50m Rifle Prone. COUNTRY: USA. OLYMPICS (2nd): 1996, 2012. HOW QUALIFIED: Olympic Trials at Fort Benning, GA. in June. STATE CONNECTION: Spokane native.

Army Sgt. First Class Eric Uptagrafft began his shooting career at 11. He joined the Foresteen Jr. Rifle Club in Spokane, where he was coached  by Bill Havercroft. In 1993, Eric made the National Development Team and  two years later made the National Team. Eric graduated from West Virginia University in 1995 with a bachelor of science in aerospace engineering.  Eric has been a member of the National Team for nearly 20 years.

OLYMPICS: Finished 30th in prone at the 1996 Olympic Games.

CAREER — 2012: World Cup London, sixth place . . . World Cup Milan, fifth place. 2011: World Cup Final Wroclaw, Silver Medal (Prone) . . . World Cup Changwon, Silver Medal (Prone) . . . World Cup USA, fifth place (Prone) . . . World Cup Sydney, Silver Medal (Prone).  2010: World Championship, seventh place (Prone), Team Gold Medal . . . World Cup USA, Silver Medal (Prone) . . . World Cup Sydney, sixth place (Prone) . . . World Cup Beijing, Bronze Medal (Prone).  2009: World Cup Beijing, fifth place (Prone). 2006: World Championship, Team Gold Medal (Prone). 2003: Pan American Games, Silver Medal (3 Position).  2002: World Championship, Silver Medal (3 Position). 2001: Championship of the Americas, Silver Medalist (Prone), Bronze (Air).

PERSONAL: Married to National Pistol Team member Sandra Uptagrafft . . . Was deployed to Kuwait in January 2007 for seven months . . . Member of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit . . . In the summer of 2011 deployed to Afghanistan.


GOLD: Matt Dryke (Sequim), skeet, 1984 Los Angeles; Launi Meili (Cheney), women’s small bore, three position, 1992 Barcelona. SILVER: None. BRONZE: Wanda Jewell (Eastern Washington University), women’s three-position rifle, 1984 Los Angeles; Lance Bade (Vancouver), trap, 1996 Atlanta.

Olympic Qualifiers

Athletes with connections to the state who have qualified (or been selected) to for Summer Olympic Games.

Athlete Sport Gms. # Country State Connection
Nathan Adrian Swimming 2 USA Bremerton native
Scott Baynes Basketball 1 Australia WSU grad
Sue Bird Basketball 3 USA Seattle Storm guard
Kim Butler Basketball 1 G. Britain Bellarmine Prep
Dave Calder Rowing 4 Canada University of Washington
Will Crothers Rowing 1 Canada University of Washington
Tyler Farrar Cycling 1 USA Wenatchee native
Amanda Furrer Shooting 1 USA Mead High, Spokane
Scott Gault Rowing 2 USA University of Washington
Rob Gibson Rowing 1 Canada University of Washington
Lauren Jackson Basketball 4 Australia Seattle Storm forward
Anthony Jacob Rowing 1 Canada University of Washington
Ebba Jungmark Track 2 Sweden WSU grad
Seth Kelsey Fencing 3 Canada Brush Prairie
Ariana Kukors Swimming 1 USA Auburn Mountainview
Meagan Kalmoe Rowing 2 USA University of Washington
Bernard Lagat Track 4 USA Washington State University
Giuseppe Lanzone Rowing 2 USA University of Washington
Amy LePeilbet Soccer 1 USA Spokane native
Adrienne Lyle Equestrian 1 USA University of Washington
Adrienne Martelli Rowing 1 USA University of Washington
Arielle Martin Cycling 1 USA Spanaway native
Conlin McCabe Rowing 1 Canada University of Washington
Tamari Miyashiro Volleyball 1 USA University of Washington
Haley Nemra Track 2 Marshall Is. Marys.-Pilchuck
Brett Newlin Rowing 2 USA University of Washington
Kara Patterson Track 2 USA Seattle native
Jennie Reed Cycling 3 USA Seattle native
Jarred Rome Track 2 USA Marys.-Pilchuck High
Janine Sandell Volleyball 1 Great Britain University of Washington
Hope Solo Soccer 2 USA University of Washington
Travis Stevens Judo 2 USA Bellevue native
Courtney Thompson Volleyball 1 USA University of Washington
Aretha Thurmond Track 4 USA University of Washington
Queen Underwood Boxing 1 USA Seattle resident
Eric Uptagrafft Shooting 1 USA Spokane resident
Tejay van Garderen Cycling 1 USA Tacoma native
Brad Walker Track 2 USA University of Washington
Mary Whipple Rowing 3 USA University of Washington


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