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Former UAF Rifle sharpshooter Sagen Maddalena to compete for Team USA at Tokyo Olympics

Updated: Jun. 17, 2021 at 5:32 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The University of Alaska Fairbanks will be represented on the world’s biggest stage in sports this summer. Former UAF Rifle standout Sagen Maddalena earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic shooting team for the Tokyo Olympics after her performance at the USA Shooting Smallbore Rifle Trials in Fort Benning, Georgia last month.

Maddalena, of Groveland, California, is set to join a number of other shooters out of the Nanook Rifle program to compete on the Olympic stage.

• Matt Emmons (UAF athlete 2000-2004) - 2004 Gold Medal Men’s Prone, 2008 Silver Medal Men’s Prone, 2012 Bronze Medal Men’s 3P, 2016 Olympics

• Debra Sinclair (UAF athlete 1987-1990) - 1992 Olympics

• Pat Pitney (UAF assistant coach) - 1984 Gold Medal in Women’s Air Rifle

• Glenn Dubis (UAF coach 2002-2005) - 1984, 1988, 1996, 2000 Olympics

• Dave Johnson (UAF coach 2000-2002) - 1992 Olympics

• Melissa Mulloy (UAF athlete 1997-2000) - 2000 Olympics

• Dave Jordan (UAF athlete 1997-1999, coach 2005-2016) - 2004 Paralympics Silver Medal in Men’s 3P smallbore

• Jamie Corkish (UAF athlete 2002-2006) - 2008, 2012 Gold Medal Women’s 3P

As a Nanook (2013-2018), Maddalena racked up a number of accolades, including 4x First Team All-American in Air Rifle, 3x NRA First Team All-American in Smallbore, 3x CRCA First Team All-American, Four-straight appearances at the NCAA Rifle Championships, and UAF’s Most Outstanding Female Athlete in 2017-18. Maddalena, 27, has also competed at the world championships in 2014 and 2018.

Maddalena will be one of 19 USA shooters at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, slated for July 23-August 8.

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