Anchorage trapshooter wins Junior Olympic gold medal

Grayson Davey of Anchorage captured a gold medal this week at USA Shooting's Junior Olympics shotgun championships in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Davey, 17, earned his victory in the boys 15-17 age group.

Through five rounds of shooting, Davey posted the highest score among all shooters, regardless of age group. He and Dale Royer, a Montana shooter in the 18-21 age group, both fired scores of 120×125.

Davey has emerged as one of the nation's top young shooters. In October, he collected a surprising victory at USA Shooting's Fall Selection competition in Arkansas, where he beat a top-notch field of senior-level shooters that included an Olympic gold medalist.

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In Colorado, Davey was one of 11 in a field of 129 junior-level shooters to score at least one perfect round of 25. He was one of three with two perfect scores, a group that also included Royer, who took the gold medal in his age division.

Davey trains with the Birchwood Bears at the Birchwood Recreation and Shooting Park in Chugiak. Later this summer, he is scheduled to travel to South Korea as a member of Team USA for a World Cup competition.

Beth Bragg

Beth Bragg wrote about sports and other topics for the ADN for more than 35 years, much of it as sports editor. She retired in October 2021. She's contributing coverage of Alaskans involved in the 2022 Winter Olympics.