Alexis Lagan of Boulder City is among a select group of athletes competing this week in the 2017 Rifle/Pistol Fall Selection Match in Fort Benning, Georgia. The event is the start of the process to select those who will represent the country at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
Lagan has been living and training at the U.S. Olympic Complex in Colorado Springs, Colorado, following her graduation from the University of Utah with a degree in physics. Her focused training helped her win a national title in sport pistol earlier this summer.
“Tokyo is preparing for the 2020 Olympics right now,” she said. “They are laying foundations for what is going to be an amazing event. Similarly, the foundations of my 2020 journey are being laid with every match I compete at. I will be ready for Tokyo, and the next step is this Fall Selection.”
Olympians Brenda Silva (Snowflake, Arizona) and Sandra Uptagrafft (Phenix City, Alabama) as well as 14-year pistol veteran Nathalia Tobar (East Northport, New York) will compete against Lagan.
The competition, being held this week, helps determine the 2018 International Shooting Sport Federation World Championships participants.
The second stage of world championship selection will take place at the Spring Selection Match, scheduled for March 26-30, at Fort Benning.
Performance at Fall Selection also will determine participants for the season-opening 2018 World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico, March 2-12.