4th USAMU Soldier Wins 2016 Olympic Seat

By Brenda Rolin
USAMU PAO

Dan Lowe, U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU), aims downrange during the 2016 Air Olympic Trials, where he won an air rifle seat on the U.S. Olympic Shooting Team June 5. Lowe will join three other USAMU Soldiers at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro in August. (U.S. Army photo by Brenda Rolin/released)
Dan Lowe, U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU), aims downrange during the 2016 Air Olympic Trials, where he won an air rifle seat on the U.S. Olympic Shooting Team June 5. Lowe will join three other USAMU Soldiers at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro in August. (U.S. Army photo by Brenda Rolin/released)
United States Army Marksmanship Unit
United States Army Marksmanship Unit

Camp Perry, OH -(AmmoLand.com)- A fourth Soldier from the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) is joining his teammates in Rio de Janeiro this August after the 2016 Air Olympic Trials June 3-5 at Camp Perry, Ohio.

Spc. Dan Lowe, Olympia, Washington, earned one of two available air rifle seats on the U.S. Olympic Shooting Team June 5 during the Olympic Trials, two years after his assignment to USAMU; he was assigned June 5, 2014.

Three other USAMU marksmen have already taken their places on the U.S. Olympic Shooting Team. They are Sgts. 1st Class Michael McPhail, Darlington, Wisconsin, for 50-meter prone rifle; and Josh Richmond, Hillsgrove, Pennsylvania, and Glenn Eller, Katy, Texas, both for double trap, a shotgun discipline.

“There was an awful lot of pressure on this match,” Lowe said. “I spent a lot of time on positive thoughts; the confidence you take to the line will make or break you.”

Lowe shoots in three shooting sport disciplines-smallbore 50-meter prone rifle, smallbore three-position rifle and air rifle-but excels in air rifle, said his coach, four-time Olympian Sgt. 1st Class Jason Parker. He said Lowe has the confidence needed to win in a tight situation.

“Specialist Dan Lowe’s strength is what he demonstrated today,” Parker, of Omaha, Nebraska, said. “He is absolutely fearless; he can go into a competition and shoot a good score and come away with a medal. He thrives on the energy and the spotlight.”

Yet, the three-day competition was somewhat of a roller coaster ride for Lowe. After the first day of competition, he was in second place, but seemed to falter on the second day, finishing in sixth.

Dan Lowe, U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, reacts after winning an air rifle seat on the U.S. Olympic Shooting Team during the 2016 Air Olympic Trials June 5. Lowe won one of two air rifle seats, while Lucas Kozeniesky, U.S. Shooting Team member, won the other one. (U.S. Army photo by Brenda Rolin/released)
Dan Lowe, U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, reacts after winning an air rifle seat on the U.S. Olympic Shooting Team during the 2016 Air Olympic Trials June 5. Lowe won one of two air rifle seats, while Lucas Kozeniesky, U.S. Shooting Team member, won the other one. (U.S. Army photo by Brenda Rolin/released)

On the final day, however, he roared back to life and was in second place behind Lucas Kozeniesky, U.S. Shooting Team member, before going into the finals. Kozeniesky was unbeatable at 10 points ahead of Lowe-competitors can only earn a maximum of eight points in the finals-and had already earned one of the two air rifle seats.

That left second-place Lowe fighting for the final air rifle seat with two other shooters-Spc. Bryant Wallizer, a World Class Athlete Program Soldier, and U.S. Team member Dempster Christenson-who were just a few points behind him.

Lowe persevered and finished in first place in the finals, securing his victory and the second air rifle seat, while Wallizer finished in eighth and Christenson ended up in third in the finals. Neither had enough points to pass Lowe.

“The second day was a little rough, but this is the Olympic Trials and a lot of things can happen, so you do the very best you can, and that is what he did,” Parker said about Lowe. “He shot a world-class final today, and you just can’t ask for more.”

Staff Sgts. George Norton, air rifle, and Greg Markowski of Sycow, Poland, air pistol, also competed in the Air Olympic Trials. Although neither earned enough points to win seats on the U.S. Olympic Shooting Team, Norton, of Salinas, Kansas, said he was extremely proud of his teammate Lowe and of his performance.

“Dan didn’t take anything for granted, and his scores were excellent,” Norton said. “Dan came into day three and he fought hard and he shot an amazing score and then he won the final. Anyone else might not have been able to do that, but Dan came back.”

Norton won the men’s three-position rifle event during the 2016 Smallbore Olympic Trials April 1-8, but because there were no U.S. seats available in that discipline, he couldn’t join the U.S. Olympic Shooting Team for that victory.

“I am very proud of the results I had in the men’s three-position and without the support of Sergeant First Class Jason Parker, the International Team, the USAMU Custom Firearms Shop, the USAMU and the Army, I would not be where I am today,” Norton said.

Dan Lowe, U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU), poses with his medal June 5 after winning one of two available air rifle seats on the U.S. Olympic Shooting Team. Lowe won second place in the U.S. Air Olympic Trials, behind first place winner Lucas Kozeniesky who earned the other air rifle seat, and will join three other USAMU Soldiers at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro this August. (U.S. Army photo by Brenda Rolin/released)
Dan Lowe, U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU), poses with his medal June 5 after winning one of two available air rifle seats on the U.S. Olympic Shooting Team. Lowe won second place in the U.S. Air Olympic Trials, behind first place winner Lucas Kozeniesky who earned the other air rifle seat, and will join three other USAMU Soldiers at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro this August. (U.S. Army photo by Brenda Rolin/released)

Army Olympians provide a direct connection between the Army and the American people through competitions, demonstrations, outreach and engagements on the local, regional and national level.

About USAMU:

The U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU) wins national and international shooting competitions and advances small arms lethality to demonstrate Army marksmanship capability and enhance marksmanship effectiveness in combat.

For more information on the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, contact the Public Affairs Office at (706) 545-5436, [email protected] or www.USAMU.com.