Today’s Jewish shooter is Abigail Fong. The web site of the school she works at tells us this about her:
Abigail Fong – Instructor MathematicsAbby graduated from Princeton University in 2010 with a degree in Philosophy. While an undergrad, she also completed her pre-medical requirements, which were a constant reminder of her love of math and science. As a high school student Abby was a straight A math and science nerd, which led her to start tutoring in those subjects, an activity she has continued to perform. Currently, Abby is working toward her MBA at UCCS. She has always seen math problems as fun, abstract puzzles and Abby is a girl that loves to solve puzzles. She also loves to help students learn to see the fun and challenge in math, and to help them learn to solve those problems for themselves.Abby is also a competitive rifle shooter on the US team. She started shooting with her dad and her sisters when she was young and has been at it ever since. It has been a great experience that has allowed her to travel all around the world, a couple of times actually, competing in places like Beijing, Sydney, Munich, Plzen, and London. Some of her achievements in shooting include: many national records, national championships, and a 4th place finish at the 2008 Olympic Trials.
Abby also spoke out when London, host of the 2012 Olympics, reversed its misguided policy that would have discouraged young people from watching shooting sports at the Olympics (free tickets were being given to kids, but they were prohibited from using the tickets to watch shooting sports):
Actions like this show a complete lack of understanding of our sport. Preventing kids from being exposed to shooting as a sport maintains the fallacy that all shooting is like a Sylvester Stallone movie. Target shooting is about control, focus and precision. As a sport, we have among the lowest injury and drug usage rates, and among the highest participation by country of any sport. It’s sad that the Olympic organizers feel the need to “shelter” kids from something that could be an amazing, positive experience.
Mazal tov to all three of the Fong sisters, and thanks again to the anonymous reader who provided the tip on them.