Meet Rachael Heiden; not only your 2010 National Champion in Women’s Trap, but also the gold medalist in Women’s Trap at this year’s National Junior Olympic Championships. Heiden (Clinton, Mich.) was also the 2009 NJOSC gold medalist as well. Heiden began shooting through her local 4-H Club and the Scholastic Clay Target Program.
Heiden is currently a student at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She is majoring in Human biology and expected to graduate in 2012. When she is not training at Fort Carson, Heiden can be found downhill skiing, playing guitar and piano, and studying to complete her degree. She shoots a Perazzi Mx8, loaded with Winchester AA. Heiden also hunts whitetail deer, pheasant, and geese.
Heiden sacrificed a life at home for her Olympic dreams. She moved from Michigan to Texas to take advantage of daily training because there wasn’t a place for her to shoot International Trap in Michigan. She advises juniors to, “Take full advantage of your opportunity, because you never know where it will take you!” Heiden is now a Resident Athlete at the Olympic Training Complex in Colorado Springs. She will be competing for the USA in the Junior Women’s Trap event at the World Shooting Championships. Good luck Rachael Heiden!
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What an awesome young lady this is…we need more young women in the spotlight to encourage other young women — letting them know that being an outdoors woman is okay, and that you can be good at something like trap, and still enjoy other things like guitar and piano! What a well-rounded gal… Congrats Rachel!