KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A 19-year-old from Kansas City, Kan., has been selected to compete in the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
U.S. Olympic team trials in the air pistol shooting event finished last weekend in Camp Perry, Ohio. Lydia Paterson competed in three straight days of qualification.
The Piper High School graduate started shooting BB guns when she was 7-years old, and she says she enjoys competing.
Paterson started shooting air pistols about four or five years ago and has competed in the Junior Olympics.
Paterson says she takes a lot of pride in shooting sports but adds that they can sometimes get a bad rap.
The 19-year-old has already been down to Rio as part of a shooting sports test run and says she’s not concerned about the Zika Virus. According to Paterson, a medical team will be traveling with the team to help them take all the necessary precautions.
Paterson finished in 8th place in the World Cup last year. She’s looking forward to the experience and says hard work and training has paid off in achieving her goal in a sport that’s more recognized by men.