Staff Sergeant Sanderson


San Antonio, TX

Staff Sgt. Keith Sanderson

Event: Rapid Fire Pistol

Previous Olympic Appearances: 2000, 2004 (BEST OLYMPIC FINISH 5th)

Staff Sgt. Keith Sanderson, a weapons squad leader with 2nd Platoon, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, secured his spot on the U.S. Marksmanship Team May 19 during the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup.

The three-day competition, in which eight Soldiers won a spot on the team, took place at Phillips Range at Fort Benning, Georgia.

He had already become the first American in 12 years to earn a quota slot for the Olympic Games, paving the way for the United States to even compete in the rapid fire event.

Currently, Sanderson is No. 17 in the world in rapid-fire pistol shooting. 

Sanderson said he feels shooting is one of the most combat-relevant sports in the Olympic Games.

"An enemy has never been killed by a softball or bowling ball; it's a bullet," he said.

When Sanderson competes in Beijing, he looks to become the first U.S. rapid-fire shooter since 1960 to take home the Olympic gold.

Of note: Spent 8 years in the Marine Corps, during several of which he shot on their pistol team, before joining the Army in 2001.

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