June 11, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State’s Amanda Furrer qualified for the 2012 London Olympics in dramatic fashion at the U.S. Olympic Trials Friday in Ft. Benning, Ga.
After building a 3.2-point lead after the first two days of competition, Furrer extended the lead to 7.1 after the first position of Friday’s competition. However, after struggling in the second round of the day and leaving the door open for Sarah Scherer of Texas Christian University, the Spokane, Wash., native bounced back to post a 196 in the kneeling position to solidify her spot on the U.S. Olympic Team for Shooting.
“I completely thought I was out of it,” Furrer said to USA Shooting. “I went outside and fought back the tears and I talked to my dad and he told me to hang in there and he calmed me down a little bit. I just decided right there that I was not going to give up and I was not going to let it end like that.”
Furrer, who just concluded her third season on the Ohio State rifle team, has finished in the Top 10 nationally in smallbore rifle each season for the Buckeyes.