Staff Sergeant Callahan


Columbia, S.C.

Staff Sgt. Libby Callahan

Event: Women’s Sport Pistol

Previous Olympic Appearances: 1992, 1996, 2004 (BEST OLYMPIC FINISH 19th)

At age 56, U.S. Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Libby Callahan is the oldest known woman to compete in the Olympic Games.

“It’s something I don’t think about when I’m out there competing,” she said. “It’s just such an honor to represent the country as a U.S. Army Soldier and Olympian.”

Callahan began competitive shooting in 1980 while working with the Washington D.C. police department. She joined the Army Reserve in 1985, which she says helped take her sport to the next level.

“I may never have had the opportunity to compete in international matches without the Army Reserve,” Callahan said.

She credits support from the Army and her commanders with giving her the time and training to become an Olympic competitor. Among her many accomplishments, Callahan will make her fourth trip to the Olympic Games in August. She also competed in 1992, 1996 and 2004.

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